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How to Shorten a Metal Watch Band

Updated April 17, 2017

Metal watch bands come in many varieties, some of which are easier to adjust than others. The two most popular types of bands that require tools to adjust them are pin based bands and screw based bands. To tell what type of band you are working with, examine the links closest to the buckle. They will have small holes on each end, which allow links to be removed - if a simple pin shows, the band is pin based. If you find a small screw, than it is screw based.

Place the watch face down on the soft cloth, and keep it face down and steady while working. This will help minimise scratching and potential damage to the watch.

Examine the underside of the watchband. You will find small arrows that indicate the direction that the pins must be pushed out.

Use the small driving tool (a thumbtack will work) to push the small pin out of the band. When it is most of the way out of the link, remove it from the other side with your fingers carefully.

Repeat step 3 to remove additional links, to shorten the band. Alternate removing links from each side of the band, to keep the watch symmetrical.

Align the remaining links with the watch buckle, and insert the pin into the band so that it can be pushed in the opposite direction of how it was removed.

Place the watch face down on the soft cloth, and keep it face down and steady while working. This will help minimise scratching and potential damage to the watch.

Examine the removable links near the buckle. If only one side of the link contains a screw, only one screwdriver will be needed. If both sides have contain a screw, two screwdrivers will need to be used.

Remove the screw from one of the links. If the link contains only one screw, simply turn it counter clockwise until the screw can be pulled out gently. If the link contains two screws, turn one counter clockwise while holding the other steady with a second screwdriver. Once the screws are removed, set them aside and the removed link aside.

Repeat step 3 to remove additional links, to shorten the band. Alternate removing links from each side of the band, to keep the watch symmetrical.

Attach the remaining links to the buckle by inserting the screws through the link (and the buckle) then tightening with the small screwdriver. Once again, if the link contains two screw you will need to hold one side steady.

Tip

If you are uncomfortable shortening the watch, take it to a local jeweller. They will be able to adjust the watch for a small fee.

Warning

Be careful - whenever metal tools are used near a watch, there is a potential for scratching.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Small screwdriver (two may be needed)
  • Small driving tool
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About the Author

David Hicks has recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in public affairs, with a focus on bioethics and social policy from a small private college in New York. He has been writing for more than 10 years, and spent the last four technical writing while not mired in schoolwork. Professionally, Hicks has published material on eHow, Answerbag and other websites.