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How to Change the Strap on Your Pebble

I picked up one of the original Pebble smartwatches a few weeks ago and it’s been pretty great, but the only thing I’d change is the strap. Fortunately you can because unlike the new Pebble Steel, the original Pebble accepts standard 22mm watch bands.

Removing the stock band

The Pebble uses a spring bar which will need to be shortened to be removed. You can use either a tool designed to do this, or use a thin knife to push the bar down. If you have many watches it’s worth getting the tool since there’s a good chance you will scratch something if you use a knife.

NATO Straps

If you plan on using NATO straps, you’ll need to reinsert the spring bars back into the Pebble, and then thread the strap in. I love using these straps because they’re dirt cheap, and you can quickly change them out when you’re feeling in the mood for a different color. The nylon on these straps are much more comfortable compared to the stock silicone strap because it actually breathes. The nylon does tend to get wet when you’re washing your hands, but it dries off fairly quickly.

One major advantage to using a NATO strap over anything else is that it provides extra security if one of the spring bar fails. Since it threads under both bars rather than having two separate pieces connected to the watch, even if only one spring bar is secure, the watch will not fall off.

Other straps & customizations

Since the Pebble accepts any 22mm watch band, you’re free to pick whatever you like! There are tons of metal, silicone, and leather straps available online for fairly cheap.

To take customization a step further, you can get skins for the Pebble in matte/glossy colors, carbon fiber, and fake metal/wood varieties. Most, if not all of the skins available online include screen protectors which are also very important since the Pebble’s screen is made of plastic and can scratch easily.

A Few Weeks With The Pebble

This thing is awesome. I love being able to just take a quick glance at my wrist when I receive a push notification and deciding if it’s worth the time to take out my phone. The recent release of the 2.0 firmware has brought great apps to my wrist, and I can’t wait to delve into the SDK and make my own in the coming weeks (because I’m busy at the moment).