How To Remove Links From A Watch Band
If a watch slides about on your wrist and fits too loosely, you may be wondering how to remove links from a watch band. You can achieve a better fit by adjusting the watch band by removing links. You can take a watch to a jeweler to have links removed professionally or remove the links from the watch band yourself. In order to remove links from a watch band, you will need to open the watch band, remove the necessary links with a watch sizing tool and close the watch band. To remove links from a watch band you will need:
- Watch sizing tool
Open the watch band. Look closely at the top of the watch band of your watch for openings where the pin runs through the links of the watch and holds the watch together. Look at the back of your watch band to see if it is marked with arrows showing you the direction of pin removal. Select a link with access to a pin for removal. Take your watch sizing tool, which will have a prong to push pins out of the watch, and push on the pin to remove it from a link.
Remove a link from the watch band. After the removal of one pin, the watch band will be open. Remove the pin from the other side of the link you have just worked on to remove the link completely from the band.
Close the watch band. Set the removed link and its two pins aside and close the watch band. Fit the remaining links together. Take one of the pins and press it back into the watch band with your watch sizing tool, taking care to place it in the correct direction.
Repeat link removal as needed for desired fit. Try on your watch, and continue to remove links from the watch band as needed. Pay attention to where the clasp will lie when you select which side of the band to remove links from, and remove an even amount from each side when possible.
Save your links and pins in a small container in case you decide to make future adjustments to your watch band. Knowing how to remove links from a watch band will enable you to enjoy the comfort of a watch that fits you correctly. Keeping the pieces will allow you to remain comfortable in your watch for a long time to come.
Tips and Warnings:
Take care not to lose the tiny pins; you'll need to save at least one to close your watch band.
Save your removed links and pins for future adjustments.