How do you take out the links in a watch band?


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April 17, 2015 8:16PM

Special watch-adjusting tools must be used. Most watches use this technique:

Pins are pushed out with the 'gun' from near the clasp of the bracelet by the direction of indicating arrows shown on the inside of the band. Or, traditionally, pins are pushed out with the tools following the direction of the crown of the watch.

Some watches like using puzzle links that include small screws and bolts piecing up a design making it more complicated to adjust.

This can be done with a small screwdriver or knife. Just put the tip of your tool in the hole by the arrows and tap the other end with a hammer in the direction of the arrows. The pin should come out.

I just successfully removed links from my metal band by using an ice pick, a pair of needle nose pliers, and a hammer. The little pins on the side were in really tight (probably a good thing, if you think about it), so it took some gentle hammering on the icepick to dislodge them. Getting the pins back in once you've removed the desired number of links is also a bit challenging, but I did it!