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Fitting a Barton Band to your Watch

Fitting Guide Barton Watch Bands

There's a very good chance that BARTON's bands will fit your watch perfectly. Most watches have a standard lug that is designed to accommodate any watch band of the proper width. Our watch bands fit thousands of traditional and smart watches with lug widths between 16mm and 24mm. Apple Watch owners should jump straight to our collection of Apple Watch Bands designed to fit all Apple Watch series and sizes. All others, continue on below!

lug width underside watch band

Step 1: Determine lug width by one of the following

  • Check for markings on the underside of your current band.
  • Measure the width using a metric ruler or by printing our measurement template.
  • Smart watch owners can check our table of Common Smart Watch Lug Widths.
  • Search online for the specs of your watch make/model.      
Barton Watch Bands Compatible Lug Width Size Chart 16mm 18mm 19mm 20mm 21mm 22mm 23mm 24mm

Step 2: Buy bands to fit lug width

16mm | 18mm | 19mm | 20mm | 21mm| 22mm | 23mm | 24mm


  • Currently, our Elite Silicone, Leather, and Alligator Grain quick release straps are the only collections we make in odd lug widths (19mm, 21mm or 23mm). If your watch has an odd sized lug, and you prefer a NATO Style strap, the next size up will squeeze in just fine. If you're crafty, you can also remove the spring bars from a quick release band and reinsert your original odd sized spring bars. Again, 1mm wider is typically the way to go.
  • If you have a smart watch and like to use the heart rate monitor, do not go with the NATO style strap as it will block the heart rate monitor. Opt for a quick release band instead.

Step 3: Switch it up!

All of our bands are designed to be swapped in and out in a few seconds and without tools! Switch it up throughout the week to accessorize your wardrobe or throughout the day to fit the activity. Trust us, it's pretty awesome.

Quick Release:

Simply insert one end of the spring bar into the lug and then slide the quick release lever with your finger.


NATO Style:

Insert spring bars into watch head, then thread band as shown. Using our Quick Release Spring Bars with your NATO Style strap will make it easy to swap between all of our bands in a flash.

barton quick release diagram Barton NATO style installation directions

What About Length?

Standard Length Quick Release:

Our CanvasSailcloth, Elite Silicone, Alligator Grain Leather, Top Grain LeatherSoft Silicone Quick Release bands are designed to fit wrists between 5 1/2" and 8" in circumference. This will cover the vast majority of both men and women. If you are concerned about fit, feel free to test out the band and return it for a full refund if you are not pleased.

Barton Watch Band Fitting Guide Quick Release Silicone

Long Length Quick Release:

Our Alligator Grain LeatherTop Grain Leather & Elite Silicone Quick Release straps also fit a slightly broader range of wrists from 5" - 9" inches in circumference.

alligator leather quick release specs

Jetson NATO Style:

All widths of our Jetson NATO Style straps are available in a single standard length of 10.3" (270mm) and generally fits wrists from 5" to 8" in circumference. This will accommodate the vast majority of both men & women. If your strap is initially too long, see below for tips on adjusting length.

NATO specs and dimensions

Ballistic Nylon & Leather NATO Styles:

Both the Ballistic Nylon Nato Style and Leather NATO Style straps  are available in two lengths. The 'standard' length (10") fits wrists from 5" to 7 1/2" in circumference and is available in widths of 18mm, 20mm and 22mm. The 'long' version (11") generally fits wrists from 6" to 8 1/2" and is available in 20mm, 22mm and 24mm widths. Those with wrists under 7" typically prefer the 'standard' length band and those with wrists over 7 1/4" typically prefer the 'long' band. If your strap is initially too long, see below for tips on adjusting length.

NATO long dimensions

Adjusting NATO Style Strap Length:

If your NATO Style watch strap is initially longer than desired, fold the free end neatly back into the keeper loop or cut to desired length. If trimmed, expose the cut end to the flame of a match or lighter to avoid fraying. If you still encounter a fit related issue after, you can also take us up on our money back guarantee!  

NATO Well Aware strap

If you still have questions or any accessibility issues with this content, please call us at (512) 410-8793 during business hours and our team would be happy to help you. You can also visit our FAQ or contact us any time!