How To Adjust A Watch

Wondering how to adjust a watch? Since most leather or material straps are fairly easy to adjust, this article will be concerned with deployant straps and metal bracelets which have special adjustments built into the clasp. Those two types of watches both adjust in a similar manner and will be described together here.

Items needed to adjust a watch:

  • Watch with deployant strap or metal bracelet
  • Spring bar tool
  • Soft cloth
  1. Lay watch on side and inspect the clasp. Lay the watch on its side on a soft cloth to protect its finish and crystal. Along the edge of the clasp you will see a series of small holes. In the two opposite ends of the clasp, you will have the ends of the bracelet pinned in place. The pins that are used are called spring bars. They are spring-loaded pins, so care will need to be used because they fly off in a hurry.
  2. Pick the end to adjust. Under normal circumstances, you will want to adjust from the bracelet side if it is a fold over clasp rather than the butterfly folder over side. Normally, you will leave the fold over piece in the holes it is in.
  3. Move the first spring bar side. Use the spring bar tool to move the pin to the next hole in the clasp. Doing it one hole at a time is best. The easiest way to do this is one side of the clasp at a time. Push in the end of the spring bar until you can move the bracelet end. Slide it ever so carefully, making sure not to get the end of the spring bar to the edge of the clasp. If you do, it can and will fly off into the hemisphere. Don't worry, everyone does this one time and one time is usually enough to become very careful. If you lose a spring bar, you can buy them usually from a local jeweler. Move it until it clicks into the next hole.
  4. Move the second side of the spring bar.  Turn over the watch and use the spring bar tool to push in the second side of the spring bar. Move it slowly back until it clicks in the hole corresponding to the other side.
  5. Try on watch for fit. Slip the watch on and clasp it. Is it the right fit? If so, you are done. If not, go back and repeat the procedure. If you have run out of adjustment holes and the watch is still too loose, you will need to remove a link or two.

Congratulations, you have successfully adjusted your watch. It is not a hard task, but hopefully you performed it without losing a spring bar. Luckily, they are most often available locally or at worst online. Every watch aficionado loses a spring bar occasionally, so do not feel badly if you did, too. Enjoy your newly adjusted watch!



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