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This will only last a year - so here's the tools you'll need
on September 29, 2010
While it lasts this is a great band. But I see from my Amazon history that I ordered this one last November. It's already broken. Which was about a year after the previous band broke. Which is about a year after... you get the idea.
I'm not sure if it's the sun exposure, the water exposure, or what, but they always break at the first notch (closest to the watch), which is also where my wristbone is, so perhaps that's it. But is even a year too much to ask for something that's supposed to be rugged?
I am ordering another one because I love my G-shock watch, and this is a decent band for as long as it lasts. $15 a year is just under my being ripped off threshold, but obviously not under my complaining about it threshold.
I just installed the new one - while it's fresh, here's what you'll need:
* Two (2) small flathead screwdrivers to get into the tiny band pin recesses. You can get them out with one, but need two to tighten them back up properly. The end of the bottle opener on a leatherman squirt works great as one of them!
* Do not lose the pins or screws - the band does /not/ come with extras, so if you lose them you're completely hosed.
* Using a screwdriver, unscrew one of the sides of one of the band holding pins. You don't know if you're getting the screw or the pin, so just turn counterclockwise till both sides are slightly pulled out and tug one of them out then the other. May need to use a toothpick to help push the pin out.
* Just pop the band off with an up levering motion. There are small hooks on the watch that stick up and catch in the band.
* Recoil in disgust at all the dead skin and soap residue that's going to be in here no matter how fastidious you are.
* Do the same for the other side.
* Attach the band side with the slots to the /bottom/ of the watch (it's easy to forget which was supposed to go where). There are hooks on the watch (you can see them now), so hold the band up a bit as you push it on then lever down. It should pop on fairly easily and is fairly solid even without the screws.
* Now the only hard part - lay the watch on a table face down. Push the screw in from one side, the pin in from the other side. Use one screwdriver to keep one side from turning while you use another to turn the other side clockwise.
I do appreciate how much nicer this is than those awful spring-pin designs.