How to Make a Watch Strap Smaller

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether you just purchased your watch or you have had it for years, it is very likely that there will come a time when you need to make the strap smaller. Making the strap smaller is the perfect way to adjust the size of the watch strap to your wrist or to tighten or loosen the band according to personal style preferences. Whatever the case may be, you can make the strap on your watch smaller in your own home.

Remove the buckle. Depress the spring bar with a spring bar tool. With the spring bar depressed disconnect the spring bar from the buckle by pulling it with your hand.

Cut the band to size. Use scissors to cut along the grooves along the spring bar conduits, being careful not to cut the spring bar conduit. Remove equal amounts from both ends. For buckles that do not have a removable buckle, cut the end without a buckle only. In the case that there are not any grooves on the buckle, cut a straight line using a razor blade and a straight edge.

Replace the buckle. Connect the buckle by placing it on the ends of the band. Align the holes of the spring bar with the band conduits and insert the spring bar.

Measure the watchband. Place the watch on your wrist to evaluate how the watch band fits. Squeeze the band between your forefinger and your thumb until the band fits you to your liking. Count the links between your fingers. This will be number of links that you will remove.

Remove the links. Put the tip of a small hole punch into the hole on the link you want to remove. Use your other hand to push the link bar out the opposite side.

Separate the link from the link bar. Use pliers to pull the link bar out of the link to detach the link from the band while leaving it linked to the clasp still. Repeat the previous step to remove the link from the clasp.

Connect the clasp, link bar and band together. Use one of the previously removed link bars to connect the clasp and the band together by inserting the link bar. Insert the link bar into the hole completely so that the bar does not stick out of either side.

Things You'll Need

  • Spring bar tool
  • Razor blade or scissors
  • Straight edge
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About the Author

Writing in both Spanish and English, Martin Adamovic has been covering psychology, marketing, lifestyle and sports since 2009. She has served as a sports journalist for a variety of mobile sports applications in Europe, including General Mobile and Bravo Game Studios. Adamovic holds a B.A. in Spanish and business from the University of Colorado and is currently studying law.