Thanks, the method I use was one that worked well when I had to change straps on my Seiko 007, which had springbars that were difficult to remove, in my opinion. The springbars used in the Traverse are shoulderless and unfortunately, I could not get enough of my tool on the inner portion of the springbar to get it out, so the exacto blade helps with that.
I ordered up a couple different versions of the springbar from Otto Frei today and will let you know what I come up with when I get them, Double shoulder, flanged, double flanged, and easy release 1.8 and 2.0mm My only concern, with the flanged bar with the composite/plastic case is wallowing out the hole.
I am super happy with the watch so far and except for the minor difficulty getting the springbar out, which again, in my opinion does not take anything away from the watch. I am looking forward to taking it for a run tomorrow or Monday morning.