How to remove links from metal watch bands

Removing links from metal bands

This article should help you if you’re having problems shortening your metal watch band:

Instructions for folded metal bands with a flat splint

Links that can be removed are usually marked with a small arrow on the underside.
First remove the metal splint from the chosen link. To do this, you will need to use the pointed end of a spring bar tool or a thin screwdriver. Insert the end into the gap on the underside of the watch strap and push the splint outwards as shown in the picture above. Use a pair of pliers to pull it out fully. Repeat this process for each of the links you’d like to remove, rememebering that only ones with arrows can be removed.
In order to put the band back together you will need to replace the splint into the link once the rest of the band it put into place. (Make sure you put the splint in straight). A small hammer could be useful at this stage of the process to ensure the splint doesn’t protrude at all leaving an uneven or sharp edge.
Please Note: In order to avoid scratching your watch band, be careful, take your time and avoid brute force!

Instructions for metal watch bands with a round pin or splint

Removing links from a metal watch band

Links that can be removed are usually marked with a small arrow on the underside.
In order to shorten your watch band to the length desired, you will need to remove unrequired links. To do that you will need to remove the pins that are visible on the side of the band in the direction of the arrow on the underside. We recommend using a pin removal tool or set for this. For stubborn pins we recommend using the set so as to not scratch the band.
Once the required links have been removed the pin will need to replaced into the band to complete it again. To do this replace the pin in the opposite direction to the arrows. A small hammer could be useful to do this. Your band should now be the correct length.

I hope that helps, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.  For more articles, see our help section: http://www.watch-band-center.com/shop2/index.php?user=watchstrap&weiteres=5

Rob from Watchbancenter

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