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Apple Stainless Steel Wristwatch Bands

Apple Stainless Steel Wristwatch Bands

Apple stainless steel watch straps may be interchangeable across generations. Typically, they are adjustable to fit your wrist and are available in a variety of styles. A few of these include link bracelet, double chain, and Milanese or magnetic band loop.

Are all Apple watch bands interchangeable?

Some Apple bands can be swapped out for different looks. Apple watch bands are interchangeable as long as the case sizes are the same across the three generations. For example, a band that fits a Series 1 38-millimeter watch case will not fit a Series 3 42-millimeter watch case. Also, some bands may only be sold with a specific case size and may not be available separately. Apple watch bands are constructed with a system for connection with the watch cases.

How do you change an Apple wrist watch band?

To change the strap, remove the old one by locating the band release rectangular buttons on the underside of the watch face. There will be two buttons, one for each band. Press and hold down each in turn. This will release the catch on the strap so that you can slide the band away from the watch face. Before sliding in the new band, ensure that the text on the band faces you. You can now slide the band into place, and it should lock with a clicking sound.

How can you adjust the band to fit?

If the type of watch strap you receive is a link band, you may need to remove some links for the new band to fit properly on your wrist. You can take the strap and the watch to your local jeweler or watch repair shop and let them make the adjustment. If a link adjustment tool came with your band, you may use it to remove the links.

  1. To use the link adjustment tool to remove links, make sure the clasp of the watch is open. Place the band flat on the tool, using your thumb to hold in place. Insert the screwdriver-like tool into the adjustment tool, screwing it in to touch the link pin you want to remove.
  2. Arrows on the band will show the direction in which to push out the link pin. Pushing is done against the indented end of the link pin. Continue turning the screwdriver tool against the indented end of the link pin until the link pin comes away completely from the band.
  3. Repeat this process for all links you need to remove.
  4. Reconnect the now-shortened band using the link pins removed, making sure the link pins are inserted so that the indented ends line up with the other indented ends of the link pins that were not removed.
  5. Push the link pin in with your hand or against a hard object to ensure it is inserted all the way.
How do you clean the stainless steel band?
  1. Before cleaning the stainless steel band, turn off the watch and disconnect it from its charger.
  2. Use a lint-free, non-abrasive fabric to wipe the metal band clean. You may even dampen the cloth with a little bit of water if needed.
  3. Again, use a lint-free non-abrasive fabric to wipe the band dry.
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