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Watch Band Loop Missing

I have a Timex 30 Lap Indiglo Ironman Triathalon watch. The watch band is fine, but the loop that you slip the end into after you buckle it is broken. Does anyone have an idea where I could get a rubberband or electronics belt (prefeably black) that would be the right size to hold the watchband in place. I tried fashioning a paperclip, but that proved to be uncomfortable. I really don't want to buy a new band just because this loop is missing, but the flapping end is driving me crazy. Thanks.


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  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    I've been searching for hours (and days) to find a similar item of my oakley D1 watch. I've tried glueing it but superglue doens't hold up for long. The most frustrating part is I dont know what the darned thing is even called so I dont know where to start looking.

  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    I'm in the same predicament with my watch - the little loopy thing is broken. Has anyone found a solution?

  • jp1944 Nov 11, 2008

    Same problem, I now have 3 timex ironman trathalons with good bands but no loops. Called Timex but they want me to buy new bands, which is a waste of time because I tend to break the loop continually (for some reason). Sick of using brocolli elastic bands and wire ties. Anyone found out where to get these things

  • carolep Apr 15, 2009

    Same problem with a Fatface watch - the strap is perfect but the loop has split and gluing doesn't work! Help!

  • cheathwo
    cheathwo Dec 01, 2013

    I'm in the same position. I've figured out that the part is called a 'keeper'. This is a good search to start with:



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Here ya go.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

  • pfg23 Nov 04, 2010

    Wow! I have the same problem and thought this was too small a problem to ever possibly have the right solution: replace the loop not the band. (Timex has to get them from somewhere; it's possible but I doubt they make them themselves.) Yet, here it is. This site,, and the Web are great!


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I called Timex direct and they sent the exact same keeper that came with the watch for $3.25.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012

  • RDSals Apr 18, 2012

    How does one remove the delicate pin to release the watch bank buckle to then place the keeper on the band, and then then use the same pin to "reinstall" the band buckle -- all without bending the fragile pin?


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The part is called a 'keeper'. You can start with a Google search for 'watch band keeper'.

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