I have a watch and the wristband is breaking apart. It seems there is no easy way to attach a new wristband to the watch. What are some alternatives to fix the wristband of the watch?

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    Can you include a photo for us? That will help us come up with ideas. Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 0:03
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    "It seems there is no easy way to attach a new wristband" - Maybe so. However, this would be unusual in my experience. Even the cheapest watches often have spring pins (so they fit the cheapest, mass produced straps) - even if it's not immediately obvious.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 0:56

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The plastic that flexible things like wristwatch bands are made from is essentially impossible to glue together, because the oils that are milled into the plastic to render it pliable prevent glue from sticking to it.

Per MrWhite, check the wristband-to-watch joint for springpins, which allow the broken band pieces to be removed for replacement.

  • Even if the band is repaired, if it's cracking/splitting in one spot, it's only a short matter of time before other cracks start showing up. Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 18:06
  • @computercarguy is right. Time for a new band! Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 20:51

If your watch is such that the strap can not be replaced, you can cut the damaged bits off and replace the now missing bits with a fabric, leather or knotted replacement.

To attach a replacement bit of strap you likely want to 'drill' holes in the end of the strap, far enough from the actual edge that the holes do not tear out. You can now sew the replacement to the holes, likely easiest with holes in the replacement leather, or just into the fabric.

The most 'need to know how to do it' but best looking if done right might be to tie string to the holes and macrame the strap replacement.

But if at all possible, I would replace the strap, either with a factory made or a home made replacement.
As said in the early answer, most watches have a spring pin. Others work with holes in the watch case and a strap attached in some way to those holes.
Either one can be used to attach home made straps or 'a home made strap' but if you have a watch case with holes to attach the strap rather than the standard spring pin, you may have to use the same brand as the watch or make your own.

This is not the Stack Exchange site to detail how to make the straps.

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