How to change the band on the Pebble Steel

By Adam Zeis on 11 Feb 2014 02:57 pm

Unlike the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel comes with a proprietary band design that makes it a bit harder to change out. You'll also find that you won't be able to stick on just any old band — which is definitely a downer. Thankfully the Pebble Steel does come with a matching metal band as well as a black leather band so you can at least have two options to roll with. Hopefully at some point down the line there will be some others made available as well. 

When it comes to changing the band it's not as easy as popping out the pin and pulling the band off. You'll need to unscrew the pin that holds the band in order to get it off of the watch. For this you'll need a small precision screwdriver (3/64 will do it). 

Looking at the band you should be able to see on side that has the screw end, so just carefully put the screwdriver in and loosen the screw. Once you get it all the way out (you may need some tweezers or needle-nose to grab it) then just pull out the pin and the band will come off. Do this for both sides, then reverse the process to attach the new band.

Check out the video above for a full walkthrough, but as long as you have the right tools you can save yourself a trip to the jeweler. 

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Reader comments

How to change the band on the Pebble Steel


Haha. I was wondering if anyone would notice. It's from scraping my fingers on bottle caps for the last 14 years. Gets really bad in the winter.

The Steel is definitely a step up from version 1.0 but man, what a terrible decision to go with a proprietary band. Talk about limiting it's appeal right off the bat.

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Thanks for the tutorial... I have been looking to see how the black matte version looked with the leather straps however I haven't been able to find it on web. Could you perhaps upload a video or a pic. This would be very helpful for me to decide which one to go with.

Just a warning - when first unscrewing - the screw pins are VERY tight - you need to be very careful not to strip or damage the slot head of the screw pins, as you will be stuck with the leather band.
Subsequent unscrewing is a lot easier - that is probably why it looks so easy on the review unit - as somebody had already unscrewed the pins to install the metal band.
I did mine last weekend and I had to be very careful removing the screws.

I thought I'd give it another try… Tonight I used the little watch "vise" that came in a watch repair kit I bought awhile back. With the metal band held in place in the "vise" I used one of the small watch screwdrivers and a small hammer to knock the pins out… remove a few links and just like that, perfect fit… I think(now that it fits properly) I prefer the metal band... Thanks again for the video @AdamZeis