How to Replace a Fossil Watch Strap

Posted by Rachel Nizinski on

Fossil Watch Strap Replacement

Today, we are changing a strap for a Fossil leather watch, model #FS5380. The model number is found on case back of the watch. You can search our site to inquire about the original Fossil strap, by entering the case back number, or you can purchase any standard leather strap. Since the case lugs of the watch will take any straight-end watch strap, any 22 mm strap will fit this watch. The old band came equipped with quick release spring-bar pins, but we will install standard spring-bars on the new strap.

Step 1: Tools

Using the right tools is always recommended, but not necessary for this repair. The main tool needed throughout this procedure is a spring-bar removal tool, which can be found on our site. Don’t worry if you do not own this tool. You may use something more accessible like a knife or sharp object with a flat tip.

Step 2: Technique

Remove the spring-loaded quick release pins by gently pressing downward on the pins. The spring-loaded quick release pins should come off easily. Repeat the same process to remove the other strap.

Step 3: Installation

Prepare the new watch strap for installation. Insert standard spring-bars into the new watch strap. Do not insert the spring-bar all the way inside. Leave a bit of the tip outside of the strap to make the installation process a bit easier and insert one side first. Using the fork end of the spring-bar removal tool,  drive the other side back into place.


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