If you want to learn how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, you have come to the right place. The Rubber B strap is both comfortable and strong, giving the owner a designer look that will last. To watch the video, visit our Youtube channel here.
Select your Rubber Band
First, grab your AP timepiece with Alligator band and select a compatible Rubber B strap. If you have a 41 mm Audemars Piguet with an Alligator strap, you will want to select your strap from this page here. These straps support the original deployant clasp provided by Audemars Piguet when you purchased the timepiece. It comes in six stunning colors – to extend your wearability and color palette.
Gather Your Tools
If you want to be an expert on how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak you need two tools. The most important is a small flat head screwdriver. You can find small screwdriver kits for eyeglasses or a professional watch kit for under $10 on the internet. Even Walmart sells it. Or, you could find a cheap eyeglass repair kit at your local pharmacy such as Walgreens for even less. The screwdriver size needs to be approximately 1 millimeter in width. However, a little larger or a little smaller will probably work.
Although a professional watch kit might also have a long pin-like tool, you can just as easily use a large paperclip instead.
Most importantly, find a solid flat surface, such as a table that you can place your tools on. As we remove the screws and lug from the AP timepiece, you do not want to lose them. Since they are tiny, you definitely don’t want them to disappear.
You might want to use a cutting board or place mat to help prevent scratching of your table surface. When we are removing the lug bar, you may need to press down, and we don’t want to cause any damage to the underlying service.
Remove the Deployant Clasp
The next step in learning how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is to learn how to remove the deployant clasp. Take your small flat head screwdriver and start to unscrew the small screw that is part of the deployant clasp. The deployant clasp came with the timepiece and allows you to fasten the watch to your wrist. We want to preserve the whole entire deployment structure and screws because they perfectly attach to the Rubber B band.
Next, we want to remove the lug from the deployant clasp. Unlike the next section, there is no screw that holds the lug in place at each vertical end. The screw on the deployant clasp is all that holds the bar in place.
You can easily take either a small screwdriver or a paperclip and push the lug bar out from the timepiece. Once you are done, you can then remove the deployant clasp from the timepiece on the other side. Since this side is the adjustment side of the timepiece, you will not need any tools.
Remove the Alligator Band From the Case
If you want to know how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, you need to know how to remove the alligator band from the case. We need to take the flat head screwdriver and unscrew the 2 screws protecting the lug bar and keeping it in place.
In order to unscrew the screws from the case, turn the screws to the left. By turning to the left, you loosen the screw from the watchband.
Once you are done, you can use the paperclip or a pin-like watch tool to push the lug out of the timepiece. Remember you need to have both screws removed completely on both sides of the timepiece. Be careful not to damage the body of the watch by scratching it. The lug should come out easily.
If you need a bit more force to get the lug out, try to place the watch body against a soft surface on the table. Then you should have more leverage when pushing down on the paperclip to push the lug out.
Make sure you are using a large paperclip rather than a smaller one. Also, make sure the paperclip is not sharp or bent. The edge of the paperclip should be flat and it will provide an even pressure on the lug. In the picture above, I am using a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the lug bar out. You do need a bit of metal protruding from the timepiece in order to get a grip on it with the pliers tool. If you don’t have a set of needle nose pliers, you can also use a pair of tweezers.
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The next thing to do in our discussion of how to change a strap for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, is to take your new Rubber B band and slide it into place into the grooves of the AP case. Look at the outcome of the finished product to make sure you are putting it in the right direction and that your final product will look correct – with the deployant clasp attached. This way you know that you will be assembling it correctly before you tighten the screws.
Before I attach the lugs, I look at the final product and it should look similar to the picture above. Once I make sure the direction is correct, I am ready to slide my lugs into place.
The lugs are the long bar that holds the watch band into place as it slides through the small circular grooves of both the watch band and the watch case.
After the lug is in place, use the paperclip or screw driver to push the lug a bit deeper, to give you enough room to add the finishing screws. Use the flathead screwdriver to attach the 2 screws to the case. This time you are winding the screw to the right. By turning to the right, you are tightening the screw. Be sure to not over tighten the screw to the case. It should be fully flush, but take care not to strip the threading of the screw or the head of the screw.
These screws are a nice touch by AP. It secures the watchband to the AP timepiece in a way that few watch companies do. By having two screws on both sides of the timepiece, you can be sure that the watch band is secure and will not break easily.
Finally you are ready to add the lugs to the deployant clasp. This will take the original deployant clasp from AP and attach it to the Rubber B band. The lug will slide in with your fingers. You can then take the screw and fasten it to the lug and deployant kit, making it firmly attached.
On the opposite side of the timepiece, you will see that you can now attach the other side of the adjustable deployant clasp to the Rubber B band. By this point you have completed the process of adding your designer Rubber B band to your AP timepiece.
Knowing how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap is one of the best skills you can have as a watch collector. You are well on your way to changing the look and feel of your with a simple change of the watchband. A simple color change, or upgrading to a vulcanized rubber strap will allow you to do things with your timepiece that you might not have been able to do before. In addition, for Alligator band owners, protecting the original Alligator band that came from AP, can preserve your investment, if you ever want to resell the timepiece int he future. The Rubber B band is both highly stylish and is far more wearable than Alligator.