How To Remove Links From A Watch
If that metal watch that you got for your birthday is way too big, don't throw it in a closet and forget about it, because all you need to do is learn how to remove links from a watch. These links are designed to be removed because watchmakers understand that wrists come in many different sizes, even if the process isn't self-explanatory. You certainly don't want your watch's strap falling apart while you are wearing it, so the links are securely held together. But, you can take them apart in a matter of minutes with just a few simple tools and the right knowledge. These instructions are for bands that use a push-out side pin. Your individual watch may be different, but all watch bands work on a similar principle.
Things you will need:
- Pliers or clamp
- Hold the watch band with the pliers, or secure it in the clamp. Make sure that the links you are trying to remove are not the ones being held. Use enough pressure to hold the band steady, but not enough to damage the band.
Turn the band to its side so you see the circular pins that hold the links together.
- Press the eyeleteer, or any small, pointed instrument, against the pin. Apply pressure until the pin begins to come out of the other side of the band. If the pin isn't moving, tap the eyeleteer lightly with the hammer.
- Pull the pin out of the watch band with a pair of pliers. The links will separate when the pin is out.
- Remove another pin from the watch band. Every link between the first pin you removed and this second one will be taken out of the watch band.
Hold the two ends of the remaining watch bands together. Align the links so that the holes line up.
- Slide the pin into place between the watch band links. You may need to hammer it in to get it completely in the hole.