How to remove expandable watch band links

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How to remove expandable watch band links
Learn how to remove expandable watch band links. (watch image by petar Ishmeriev from

Watches with expandable watch bands have been around for years and continue to grow in popularity. You may need to remove a link from your watch band for one of several reasons, such as catching the band on something and pulling a link out of alignment. Or you may simply want to resize the band. Removing watch band links is relatively easy and can save you a trip to the jeweller.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pocket knife with a thin blade

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  1. 1

    Find a flat surface on which to work, and lay the band flat. Turn the band so the inside is facing up. If the watch face is attached to the band, detach it with a pocket knife. Insert the tip of the knife onto the spring pins in the link of the band that joins the watch face to the band, and push it out. The watch face will detach from the band, making it easier to lay the band flat.

  2. 2

    Examine the links in the band. Between the clip cover and the top of each link you will see a small line. Choose the link you want to remove, and place the tip of the pocket knife into the line, which is the narrow space between the two halves. Still using the knife, gently pry in an upward direction until the link or clip cover is released.

  3. 3

    Remove the link above the link you just opened with the pocket knife. Now you can remove the link you opened as well.

  4. 4

    Open the link above the one you just separated, but just leave the link open. Do not separate this link from the band.

  5. 5

    Open the link that is just below the one you separated from the rest of the band. Join together the lower and upper open links, and press their covers back into place. You may want to keep the link you removed in a safe place, in case you want to expand your watch band in the future.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't own a pocket knife, you can use a toothpick or cocktail stick to accomplish this task.
  • Use gentle pressure when working with the pocket knife so you don't bend or scratch the metal links.

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