Omega watches in 2023 come in so many different styles, from elegant classy dress watches to be worn with a suit right the way across to sport watches designed to go exploring or diving. Every Omega has its own unique design, look and purpose so it’s therefore only natural that Omega creates the perfect strap for each of their watches. Each strap is different, and has different advantages and disadvantages, looks and feels to them, however, almost all Omega watches can have their strap changed. Some Omega’s even come with two or even three different straps with them to give you the flexibility and choice to swap them out depending on what you are doing or what look you would like your Omega to have.

With there being so many different independent strap manufacturing companies, it can now be very tempting to change your current Omega strap for a new one to change up the look of your watch. Most people will buy an Omega and keep it on the original strap or bracelet it came on but we want to make sure you know how to change your Omega strap so you can choose how you wear your watch. Today, we are going to look at the different ways you can change your Omega strap and the types of straps can you change them for.

Changing an Omega metal Strap

Probably the most common strap Omega makes, their metal bracelets are known for the unique designs, functional features and comfort. Whenever you head into an Omega boutique or visit their online page you can quickly tell it’s the strap option they offer the most compared to leather, rubber or nylon. Omega makes quite a few of them and they come in a variety of different metals though, steel is probably the most common but then you can have gold (rose, yellow and white) and titanium. Of course each of those metals will not only look different but feel different, especially in terms of weight! Metal bracelets are often maligned putting a watch on your wrist more easily than other options. Once you have sized your Omega bracelet to your wrist, it’s just a case of sliding the watch on and closing the clasp and as quick as that you’re ready to go. 

Omega Seamaster Grey Ceramic

Omega metal bracelets can give a casual, sporty or even dressy look not to mention it’s quite durable. Of course being durable will also depend on the type of metal, for example yellow gold will scratch a lot easier than steel, so when you change your strap, if it’s a yellow gold bracelet you want to take extra care. If we take a look at the Omega solid gold Speedmaster Moonwatch, an iconic watch with Omega’ excellent mini glidelock clasp allowing for a few millimetres of extension. 

The glidelock function is very useful on a gold piece as it reduces the amount of times you would otherwise need to use tools to make any adjustments. However, if you wanted to change it out for another strap like leather or rubber for example, you first need to remove the steel bracelet from the watch. The first thing to do is turn the watch over and set it down on a soft material on top of a table so you don’t scratch the crystal. 

Then, use electrical tape to cover up the lugs so that when the spring bars come out, they don’t scratch the lugs. You don’t need to do this if scratching your watch doesn't bother you, but if you like to keep your watch in the best condition you can, then we recommend doing this to avoid accidental scratches, especially if your watch is made from precious metal! Once you've covered up your lugs you can now use one of two tools to remove the bracelet, the first is with a spring bar tool. 

This is probably the most popular and certainly cheaper way out of the two, you slide it in and use the fork end to push the spring bars inwards and then use your other finger to gently push up on the bracelet. Then swap over to do the same on the other side and voila! Repeat this process on the other side as well, regardless of whether your strap is metal, leather or rubber, this process is the same.


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The second way is to use a tweezer style spring bar tool, whilst costing more, it avoids getting your watch scratched up because unlike the first tool, it pushes in both ends of the spring bar at once. All you have to do is simply line up both forks at each end of the spring bar, squeeze and pull up and that should remove your bracelet in one clean action. Not only is it quicker but you also have more control which helps avoid the spring bar accidentally springing across the room or scratching your Omega watch lugs. 

This process will be the same for rubber, leather and even nato straps as well. Once you have removed the bracelet, take out the spring bars from the end of the links and then you can put them through the holes in your rubber, leather or nato strap. However, if the spring bars that came with your bracket are too wide or thin, you may need to buy a new set of spring bars to make sure the new strap fits perfectly, don’t worry, they aren’t expensive or hard to find!

Once you have got your spring bars fitted into your leather or rubber strap, you now reverse the process. It should go without saying but make sure your new strap width is the same as your Omega’s lug width, otherwise you’ll have a very hard time getting it to fit! With the spring bar tool, push one end in first and then compress the other end and gently push it in until you feel and hear a small click. 

That way you can be sure your new strap is securely attached to your watch. With the tweezer style spring bar tool, simply compress both ends of the spring bar and carefully slop the strap in place, then move it around slowly until you hand and feel a click like with the spring bar tool. Once you have done this for both straps, you’re good to go! One quick tip, before putting your new strap on, make sure it is the right way round on the watch to avoid having to take it off and put it back on the right way round.

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Changing an Omega Strap without tools

Another way to change your strap can be done with no tools at all. This is because the spring bar that holds the strap or bracelet to your watch case is fitted with a ‘quick release’ function. All you have to do is pull down on the small lever and the strap will come out. However, whilst Omega does not offer watches with thai feature as of 2023, once you have removed your Omega strap you can then purchase a strap with thai feature. Hopefully Omega will include this feature on their models because watches like the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch come with the bracelet, nato strap and sometimes the rubber strap. Havigna quick system would be excellent to make Omega watch strap changes that bit quicker.

Rubber strap ZEALANDE for Yatch Master

There are many other brands who use this system on their bracelets and straps too so you can buy the quick release spring bars cheaply as well, however, with the small lever on it, you should first check whether your strap can accommodate it or not. Rubber straps tend to fit these more commonly than metal straps due to the nature of the end link on a bracelet being made to fit a normal spring bar. That said since Omega does not offer this feature on their straps yet it’s unlikely it'll fit so you would need an aftermarket strap that can accommodate it. Rubber straps tend to have a shorter covering at the back to reveal more of the spring bar, this is because you can then use curved spring bars to help fit the strap even better. Hence it can often fit a quick release spring bar as well so the lever can be exposed.

Diver 42 with nato strap

One additional way to do this is to take your Omega watch to your AD or a local watchmaker/ shop and get them to change it for you, this is great if you really don’t trust yourself to do it or have the tools (yet). You don’t need to worry what type of strap you're changing to and from as the watchmakers at AD and even assistants are usually all quite experienced at both adjusting and changing straps. However, they may charge you to do it and it is quicker to change it from your home since you won’t need to travel to a watchmaker every time you want to change your strap.

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