Watch BandWhy Watch Bands?
Once upon a time, Grandpa would pull his well-worn pocket watch out and announce the time. Now that practically every, from grade schoolers on up are wearing watches, there is a more practical method. Thanks to the invention of the watchband, wrist watches have made time management easier for everyone. And the variety of choices available are endless.
Pick Your Fabric
A leather or durable fabric watch band is composed of two pieces with each of the bands being connected to the wristwatch via a pin. The other end of the leather watch band contains a buckle like feature that allows for the other end of the strap to be inserted and latched together by placing the pin into the pre-set hole.
A metallic-like watch band is generally comprised of linked units that move independently of each other. This separate movement allows for a more firm, but comfortable fit when the wrist is moved. The metallic watch band is also attached to the wrist watch through a metallic pin. These two pins hold each end of the watch band firmly to the wrist watch.
The style you are looking for is impacted not just by the material used in your watch band, but by the method used to secure it to the watch. There are three separate ways that the attaching pin, that holds the watch band to the wrist watch, can be structured. Those three separate types of pins include the regular release, lever, and screw type.
The regular release type pin that secures the watch band to the wristwatch is long enough to be inserted through the looped ends of the band. Each of the ends of the pins are designed to be inserted into the prefabricated holes that are part of the top and bottom portion of the casing of the wristwatch. Often the retracting of the pin can be accomplished by using a small jeweler's screwdriver or other such apparatus.
When over the hole the tension on the retracted side is released and this allows for the pin to be inserted into the opening. This process is then repeated to affix the other portion of the watch band to the other part of the casing. It is important to remember that the pin is spring loaded. Therefore, if the person inserting the pin is not careful, the pin can be forcefully launched.
The Lever Method
The second style of pin utilizes a lever system. This lever pin is located in the looped area of the watch band and is similar in operation as the regular release pin. However, this type of pin, rather than using a jeweler's screwdriver or other such apparatus, has a lever mechanism.
Simply locate the lever and move the lever inwards towards the opposite end. This will retract the tension of the pin and allow for the easy removal of the end of the pin from the prefabricated hole.
As with the regular release pin, it is important to control the removing of the end of the pin from the casing. This type of pin is still under tension and if released, in an uncontrolled manner, the pin may be lost.
The Screw Method
The final type of pin that is available to secure the watch band to the watch casing is a screw type pin. This type of pin is not of the spring release variety, but is simply a small metal rod that is inserted in one end and fastened securely to the other end of the casing by using a small screw. Thus, the structure of a watch band may seem simple, but it is actually rather complicated in order to provide you with maximum comfort.
Mechanics of Life
It's surprising that the small details of a watch band have such an impact. Most of us give little or no thought to a device that we would be lost without. Yet our choice of a wrist watch often hinges on these small components.