Article By: Logan Hannen

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at the oft difficult art of measuring your lug width on your timepiece.

Okay, so truth be told, it isn’t all that difficult. However, for those who’ve never done it before, it is understandable that the task can be a bit daunting. After all, if you’ve never used calipers to measure anything else before, then you may be holding this strange measurement device in your hands asking yourself “what the f*** is this and what do I do with it?”

Simply, a caliber is much like a ruler, but specifically designed to hug the lugs of a watch during measurement. Pick one up on Amazon here!

Now, there are two ways to conduct this measurement – the first involves measuring the space between the lugs, the second involves measuring the strap itself. Both of these techniques will land you on the same number, it’s just a matter of which you’re more comfortable with. If you’re using the strap method, though, be sure to measure it at the spring bars, since many straps taper down to a smaller size the further away from the case you get.

Something to consider, if you’re using metal calipers, is the fact that they will more than likely scratch up your lugs if you don’t put some kind of tape or covering on them. I recommend tape just because it has almost no thickness of its own, making it the best way to ensure that your method of protection doesn’t accidentally add any to the size of the strap as you determine it.

One last thing: you can always just Google the strap size or lug width, especially if you’re looking at a modern watch. This is cheating of the highest order, but goes a long way towards making sure that you get the closest reading possible to the right one. Some watches are even known to claim, say, a 21 mm lug width, and yet they squeeze a 22 mm strap on there anyway. Keep that in mind.

How was that? Determining the width of your lugs/strap is, ultimately, a pretty easy task once you get the basic idea, and it’s definitely something you will need to do when you begin shopping around for more strap options for your favorite timepiece. Until next time, thanks for reading, and keep it classy, watchfam!