How to Adjust a Metal Wrist Watch Strap Made With Links

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether you just purchased a watch with a metal wrist strap or have had one for years, you may find yourself needing to adjust the band for a proper fit. You can have it done by a jeweller or watchmaker, or you can take out links yourself to adjust the band as needed.

Place the watch face up on a flat surface. Position the band so it lies above the face of the watch.

Remove the pins from the clasp. Squeeze both ends of the pin so that it contracts and allows you to remove the clasp. The pin is located on the end of the clasp. Now that you have removed the pin, the band will be a continuous section of links rather than a circular band.

Measure the length of the watch. Put the watch around your wrist to determine the amount of links you need to remove to make the watch fit you.

Remove the links. With the watch face up on a flat surface, grab the band between your thumb and forefinger at the point where the links need to be removed. Use your other hand to hold the band securely on the table by applying pressure at the point where your thumb and forefinger are with a flathead screwdriver. Let go of the band with your thumb and forefinger, and pick up a 1mm flathead screwdriver with that hand. Press the inside clip of the link with the 1mm screwdriver.

Remove the protruding piece of metal from the space where you removed the link. Secure the watch on the flat surface by holding it tightly with your hand. Use needle-nose pliers to pull the metal piece out of the band.

Replace the pin. Use your fingers to squeeze the pin and then put it back into the clasp, returning the watchband to its original circular form.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 1mm flathead screwdriver
  • Standard flathead screwdriver
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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.