How to Remove Watch Links Yourself - Guide to
resize watch bands
At some point or other, everybody needs to resize the watch bands in their
favorite watches. Resizing this type of watch band looks complicated at
first sight, but itís fairly easy to do indeed. You donít have to rush
to a jeweler and spend money on it every time you need to do that. You can
easily do it yourself, with little patience and practice. The following
methods described ways to and steps to remove watch
links from majority of the watches. Click on a watch link type to know
more about how to resize them
SNAP TYPE WATCH BAND:
Tools Needed: Citizen Sizing Tool
In order to remove snap type watch band you need Citizen sizing
tool, the following steps describe as how to resize such watch bands.
||Use the sizing tool and gently start removing the link pine in the direction of the arrow.
||Now in order to disengage the watchband mechanism,
hold the band on either side of the link from which you just
removed the pin. Now apply gentle pressure upwards on side nearest
the case and on the same time apply gentle pressure downwards on
the clasp side of the band.
||While continually applying the gentle pressure as
stated in STEP 2 gently shack the watch band to completely release
the watchband mechanism.
||Once you have released the mechanism, move the clasp
side of the band towards the case to start dissembling the links.
||Slowly and smoothly pull the links apart, to take it
out completely. If you need to remove more links, then repeat the
procedure for as many links as you want to remove.
Repeat the procedure for as many links as need removing.
||Once you done with removing the links, start reassembling.
Reassembly is opposite of disassembly.
LEAF SPRING COUPLED TYPE
Tools Needed: Tweezers or Pliers
In order to remove Leaf spring coupled type watchband
you need either tweezers or pliers, the following steps describe as how to
resize such watch bands.
You will need a pair of tweezers to push out the leaf spring of
the link. Pull the leaf spring the direction of the arrow.
||Alternatively you can also remove the leaf spring
with the help of a pair of pliers.
||Don't get stressed if you see any different type of
leaf spring in your watch band apart from the once shown above.
There are some other types of leaf springs also used in leaf spring
coupled type watchband, as you can see on the top of the
picture on the left.
Now all you have to do it, just disconnect the link from its adjoining
link and you are done..
SINGLE SCREW LINK TYPE WATCHBAND
Tools Needed: 1-mm Screwdriver or Tweezers
Single Screw Link Type watchbands probably are the most difficult and
tricky to resize. Hence we are including separate set of instructions for
dissembly and assembly of such watchbands. Follow the steps describe
Single Screw Type Disassembly Process
Single Screw Type Assembly Process
||In order to reassemble you will have to follow the
reverse process of disassembly . Reassembly is just reverse of disassembly.
In order to start assembling, you will have to assemble the link, and
flip the bracelet on its side as show in the picture on the left.
After that insert the screw into the link either by using a pair
of tweezers or with your fingers. The screw should go into one
side of link.
||Once screw is inside the link, keep tightly holding
the watchband from it's side, grab a 1 mm screwdriver and place
it's top into the screw head and start rotating the screwdriver
clockwise while applying downwards pressure. Keep tightening the
screw until you feel that screw has stopped rotating and it's just
below the edge of the bracelet. Please be cautious while you doing
this, if you keep on applying more pressure you may either damage
the screw or link, or even the screwdriver may slide and cause
scratches on the watchband.
||Once that has been done, just make sure the screw
is tight enough as it should be by giving one final twist to the
screw driver. Be cautious and careful as not to put too much of
pressure otherwise it could damage the link, bracelet or the screw
PIN TYPE I WATCHBAND
Tools Needed: Staking stand, Eyeleteer, Hammer or Pliers
To resize Pin Type I watchbands are simpler then they appear. Please
follow the steps below in order to properly resize the Pin Type I
||Use a staking stand and set the watchband on it
properly. If you don't have staking stand with you, you can also
use any appropriate holder to do this job.
||Now once you have placed the watchband on a proper
support, take help of an an eyeleteer to push out the connecting pin
in the watchband towards the arrow (downwards, as shown in the
picture). If you feel that pin is too tight and not coming out
with gentle pressure you can take help of a little hammer to
gently, smoothly, tap out the pin.
|| Hold the connecting pin with the help
of pliers, and pull it out gently.
||Once you have pulled out the pin, you will see that
the link is disconnected from the neighboring link.
Tools Needed: Citizen Blue Pin Pusher Link Joint Remover II or Tweezers
Bracelet type watchbands is probably the most difficult type of
watchband, and resizing the bracelet needs proper understanding of the
mechanism. You should know various parts of the bracelet mechanism before
you can actually start resizing the watchband yourself. Following table
describes the various components of bracelet type watch band.
||1. Split Pipe : These are two different
pieces of very small pipe, one at each end of the pin. When you
resize the bracelet, one split pipe will remain attached to the pin.
2. Cylinder Link : These are also two different individual pieces,
they are found at each side of the bracelet link.
3. Link Pin : This is the connector link. The link
pin connects three different components together which are link, cylinders and split pipes.
Now, once you known the different components inside your bracelet
and have understood what is the function of each of them, it's time to
learn how to resize bracelet type watchbands. Please follow the steps
below in order to learn how to resize bracelet type watchbands.
Make a note of the embossed arrow on the backside of the bracelet,
this arrow shows the direction in which the link pin should be
pushed. You will need watch resizing tool before you can start
this procedure. Put the bracelet in the cradle of the watch
resizing toll as shown in the picture on the left. Now as
shown in the picture align the pin of the pusher with the pin of
the link, be careful to center it. Once you hace placed it
properly in the center, apply light pressure until you feel the
pin begins to move. After this as shown the picture on the left
turn the fixture upright. This light pressure will
help and keep the the pin pusher in alignment with the link pin while the tool is being turned upright.
||With the fixture standing in the upright position, apply even pressure to the pin pusher until the pin drops out.
||Using the tweezers, set the pin/split pipe assembly and cylinder aside. If the cylinder comes off of the pin, reassemble the cylinder and pin. The split pipe for the link pin at this outside end is still on the pin and dose not need to be removed. To reassemble pin and cylinder, insert pin into the hole of the cylinder so that the split pipe rests in the recess of the cylinder. Set aside for use during reassembly of the bracelet.
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DISCLAIMER: This set of instructions
provided here are for information purpose only, and we take no
responsibility for accuracy of information or content on this page. You
should resize your watchband on your own risk. Before
following this instructions blindly you should examine the risk and other
factors before starting to resize your watchband. If you are not sure how
you can resize your watchband, visit a near by jeweler.