Tips on how to remove a stubborn Apple Watch band?

I am about ready for the hammer and chisel…

Try using a small, round hard object to push on the connection from the side. Something like a torx screwdriver head or a small allen wrench. You’ll mush the band material but it’ll be fine.

Always worth a short soak in warm water first. Use a tooth brush to try and clean around the joint slot. It’s often salt/sweat, general grime and soap residue that builds up.

Thank you for your replies, I’ll give them a try

(I still have the chisel…)

Got it! Thank you both.
I used both techniques, (but could only mark one)

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Take it to Apple store.