Do you want to know how to take links out of a watch? Then keep reading the article to get detailed information about how to resize watch bracelet by using some simple tools. Just scroll down…
I love wearing watch bracelets as they look elegant and smart. The only problem with these watches is that they have full size wristbands which you need to get shortened if it does not fit your wrist. You can get it shortened from the watch makers but do you know it is so simple that you can shorten the bands yourself at home. As there are different types of watch bands, you need to get knowledge about at least some of the common types. Let’s get some tips on how to resize watch bracelet.
How to Take Links Out of a Watch Band
You may get different designs on watch bracelets which may include stretch band links, links held with pins, etc. The methods to open the links are different for different bands. Here we are going to discuss resizing watch bracelets of two types of bands: stretch band links and links held with pins. Have a look.
Stretch Band Links
- Pin Puller
- Flat sided tool
- Needle nosed pliers
- First of all measure the wrist watch according to the width of your wrist. Decide how many bars you want to remove and from where.
- Place the watch band on the table and stretch it. You will be able to see two types of bars, one on the top level (say of golden color) and the other below the top one (say of silver color). Once you stretch you can see them differently.
- The place from which you have decided to take out the links, place the pin tool along the crease of the golden bar and push the tool downwards so that the side of the bar flattens.
- Repeat the same procedure on the other side of the bar. Use the flat side tool to make the sides of the bar flat at a 90º angle.
- Do the same thing with the silver bars which are at the adjoining side of the golden pin. That means you will be flattening one golden pin and two silver pins.
- By following the procedure till now, you will be able to see pins on both the ends of the bars. Now take the pliers and hold the pin which is holding the links. Once you get a hold on it, pull it straight up. Repeat this procedure on the other side of the bar also. You will get two pins now.
- Now count the number of bars you want to remove and repeat the same procedure of removing the bar. Now you will be left with extra links out of the bracelets and four pins out of the link.
- Now you have to join the rest of the band. One half of the link should match the other half of the link. Put them together and hold them with your hand. Now take a pin with the help of pliers and try to insert it back in the link in the same way as it was removed.
- Now try to push the pin inside by using the flat sided tool perpendicularly to the top of the pin. Keep pressing it till it is placed deep inside as it was earlier.
- Now once the pin gets back to its original position, take the flat sided tool and fold over the part of the bar which was opened at a 90º angle. Fold the other side also and press it properly so that it does not entangle with the other things when you wear it.
Links Held with Pin
- Push pin or paper clip
- Needle nose pliers
- Before starting the procedure of removing the links you need to measure the watchband and decided how many links you want to remove.
- Now take the watch and try to observe the sides of the links. You will observe small holes which have pins inside them. You may also observe an arrow sign.
- Now take a push pin or paper clip and just try to push it inside the hole towards the direction of the arrow.
- The pin will push inside and can be seen from the other end. Use the needle nose plier and hold the other side of the pin and detach the link.
- Now count the number of links you want to remove and then repeat the same procedure to remove the unwanted links from the watch bracelet.
- Now join the wristband. Put one end of the pin in the inner side of one hole of the link. Press the pin from the other side and again with the help of the plier hold the end which is already inside the link and try to place the link in such a way that the holes of the link match each other and then leave the plier as the pin will automatically go inside the other end of the link.
So, these were two ways of removing the links out of the watch bands. You just need to get the things required and can try it out at home. Be careful while using the tools and also with the pins as they are delicate and can break if roughly handled.