What do I call the spring loaded metal bit that holds watch bands in?
December 19, 2014 10:39 AM   Subscribe

I have been gifted a Samsung Gear Live, and in the process of struggling to put a backpack on over a heavy winter jacket, I ripped off one of the watch bands. The band itself is fine, but the metal post or whatever that attaches it to the watch face is bent. Can I buy just the post somewhere?

Apologies, I don't really wear watches or shop for them, so I don't really know how the fine details like this work.

I bent the metal bar back to straight but it's really weak now, and prone to falling off. It's got a spring release mechanism, and is about to snap off at that point. I could probably buy a whole new watch band, but I'm curious if watch bands have some sort of standardized parts set and terms I can google / amazon for to price out a replacement bit. What do you even call this thing I broke?
posted by pwnguin to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
watch band spring bar pins
posted by jillithd at 10:41 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's called a pin, and there are a lot of good suggestions in this previous thread for how to replace it (it's a quick and cheap thing to fix).
posted by Wretch729 at 10:41 AM on December 19, 2014


Take it to any jeweler who replaces watch bands, and they will be able to fix it for you for a few bucks.
posted by Leatherstocking at 10:54 AM on December 19, 2014


Spring bar. Measure the distance from hole to hole to figure out how big of a replacement spring bar your to need.

Get two of them, and replace the other one too. A good one costs like $0.75. Cheap ones cost like $0.05.

So it's pretty easy to get the high quality ones from a fine watch shop. You might pay $5 for 2, but at least your watch won't brek at its most vulnerable point.

Good luck.
posted by hal_c_on at 11:19 AM on December 19, 2014


So I'm actually traveling home for the holidays, and broke the spring bar in the airport. Ended up finding a new jewelry store next to the sandwich shop I normally visit when in town and they installed a new spring pin for five bucks.
posted by pwnguin at 6:54 PM on December 20, 2014


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