Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a question:
I want to swap out the watch strap that came with my Seiko 5 for a NATO strap. I'm having trouble removing the springbars, however. I've tried depressing them with my fingernail, and I've tried using the tip of a screwdriver from an eyeglasses repair kit, but I can't get them to pop out.
Any suggestions? Or do I need to take this to a jeweler to get them cut and replaced?
If it helps, it's this model: http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK807-Automatic-Canvas-Strap/dp/B006CHML4I
A useful trick which not many know about is to use dental floss to remove springbars. Works for all shouldered springbars in addition to the flanged ones. You just thread the floss under and back up and make a loop. Then you pull the loop down diagonally in such a way that the floss catches on the springbar and the springbar pops out.
ddrees, I'm sorry, but the OEM deployant from Omega is IMO not worth the $400... and I say $400 because the OEM Omega leather straps are worthless IMO.
One would be much better off going with a deployant from a maker like RHD or Hirsch and getting a custom made super high quality strap.
The Leffot lined straps are terrible because of their incredibly ugly stitching, but their unlined straps are nice. Do note though that the Leffot 20mm strap tapers quite noticeably (and unattractively/inexplicably) to 16mm.