Watch Straps- How to Measure Your Old One

A watch strap is often what makes you fall in love with a new timepiece. So what do you do when that watchband has served it’s last timepiece? Many watch lovers choose to give their watch a new look, trying a new band and perhaps a new color or two. So how do you communicate to your watch band maker what size you need for your watch? Let us show you in 5 simple steps.

  1. Measure the width between the Lugs. The graphic herHow To measure Lugs on Watche shows how to measure between the lugs for a new watch strap. You will make this measurement in mm. These are the small lines on the centimeter side of the ruler. 1 cm is equal to 10 mm. The example of how to measure your watch strap shown in the graphic is for a 20mm timepiece buckle.

  2. Measure the buckle. The illustration here shows how to measure the buckle end of your watch strap. This measurement is also done in mm and is also measuring the width of the strap.

    How to measure your watch watch band

  3. Measure the length of the long end of the buckle strap also in mm.

    How to Measure your Watch Strap Length

  4. Measure the short end of your existing watchstrap. Enter these 4 measurements in the notes section at checkout. We will confirm your custom order within 24 hours.

When it’s time to lovingly retire your old watch strap, give your beloved watch new life with an amazing alligator watch strap by John Allen Woodward. All of John Allen Woodward’s pieces are handmade and signed by the artist himself at his Boulder, Colorado studio. Please call with questions 619.504.5867. Send pictures to

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