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TheWatchFace’s Guide for Metal Straps

Guide for Metal Straps

Metal watch straps or bracelets are arguably the most common and iconic type of watch strap, and after the continued success of our strap guides I thought I had to do one featuring them.

A big thank you to StrappedForTime for sending out the straps featured in this guide.


Now this is slightly off topic, but in the picture above you can see the Citizen NY0040, which we also did a review on.

Probably the most commonly asked question about that watch is where you can get the metal bracelet for it, which are becoming increasingly rare, and even though the one in the picture above isn’t the original one it looks great in my opinion and fits really well.

If you have a Citizen NY0040 and are looking for a good quality metal strap, then you can’t go wrong with StrappedForTime, which is where the one in the picture is from.


There are different types of metal straps, the most common being the ‘oyster style’ bracelet such as the one featured above. This is a popular choice for sports watches and especially diving watches.

The main other type are jubilee bracelets, which the Seiko SKX009 comes on.

Adjusting Metal Bracelets

My local jeweller charges around £8 GBP (approx. $12 USD), which is a real rip off in my eyes, especially because it is very easy to do it yourself.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to adjust metal bracelets!

First of all, you are going to need a link tool, which you can pick up at StrappedForTime as well when you get your metal strap for a really low price.


Once you have your bracelet and your link tool, you can go ahead and lay the bracelet into the gap of the link tool as shown below.


Make sure you screw it out so the bracelet fits, and align the metal bit of the tool with the hole on the side of the link.

There should be an arrow at the bottom of the link showing you which direction it is supposed to go.


Next, turn the knob on the tool until the metal bit holding the links together pops out on the other side.


Once the metal holder is out, you can take the link out, and then just repeat for each link you want to remove.

Once you are done, you can simply push the metal bit back into the two links that are next to each other from the other side.


Where to Buy

I would personally highly recommend StrappedForTime for buying metal watch bracelets, because having experienced several of their other products they are all very high quality and great value for money.

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They offer a range of other products too like adjustment tools so definetly worth taking a look at!

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed this guide on Metal Straps, and thank you to StrappedForTime for sending them out for a review!

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