How to Adjust a Rolex Strap

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How to Adjust a Rolex Strap
Rolex watch band links are connected by screws or pins. (watch image by petar Ishmeriev from Fotolia.com)

Rolex is the premier luxury brand of the watchmaking world, known for pioneering new watch movements and spearheading innovation within the watchmaking industry. Rolex makes bands based on either screws or pins. Each type is easy to remove and adjust, but pin bands require a small amount more understanding and care to adjust. Check the watch links near the buckle of your Rolex---small holes should end in either screws or pins.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Small screwdriver (for screw-based bands)
  • Small driving tool, such as a thumbtack (for pin-based bands)
  • Soft cloth

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Instructions

    Pin-Based Bands

  1. 1

    Place the watch face down on the soft cloth to prevent scratching the face of the watch while working on it.

  2. 2

    Locate the small arrows engraved on the inner band of the watch. These indicate the direction the pins must be removed from the watch. Each link that can be removed will be marked with an arrow.

  3. 3

    Use the small driving tool---such as a thumbtack---to push the small pin out of the link in the direction of the arrow. Pull the pin out the other side once it has been pushed most of the way out.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 to remove as many links as needed. To keep the bracelet balanced, remove links from both sides of the band.

  5. 5

    Rejoin the remaining links by reversing the process from Step 3. Push the pin into the band in the direction opposite of the arrows (against the arrow). This will rejoin the pins with the other pieces

    Screw-Based Bands

  1. 1

    Place the watch face down on the soft cloth to prevent scratching the face of the watch while working on it.

  2. 2

    Find the removable links. They are located next to the buckle, and have small screws on one end of the link.

  3. 3

    Use the screwdriver to remove one link. Pull the screw out of the link after unscrewing it to detach the link.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 to remove more links. To keep the bracelet balanced, remove links from both sides of the band.

  5. 5

    Rejoin the remaining links by reversing the process from Step 3. Join the band and the buckle, replace the screw and use the small screwdriver to drive it in.

Tips and warnings

  • Be cautious when using metal tools around a watch, as the metal and crystal are easily scratched.

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