How do I Size a Casio Watch Bracelet or Strap?

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How do I Size a Casio Watch Bracelet or Strap?
For an ideal fit, the band on your watch should be adjusted to your wrist. (gold wrist watch image by jcpjr from Fotolia.com)

Casio is among the world's largest watch manufacturers and makes a wide variety of watches with numerous types of bracelets and straps. The bracelets can be adjusted at home with a little patience and a steady hand. While special tools may be required for certain models, many bracelets can be sized with just a very thin screwdriver and pliers. Rubber straps often require no adjustment, but some models must be cut with a pair of scissors for an ideal fit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Size zero (very thin) screwdriver
  • Pair of scissors
  • Pliers
  • Spring bar watch holder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the watch on your wrist and measure the slack. Try to estimate how many links you must remove from the metal bracelet for an ideal fit. When in doubt, remove one link less than you think may be required, as it is easier to remove additional inks than to replace those that have been already removed. If an even number of links must be removed, take an equal number off from each side. If an odd number has to be removed, remove an extra link from the longer side.

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    Place the watch inside the watch holder. If you have a tool for holding a watch securely in place while working on it, place the bracelet such that the links are held in place securely by the edges of the watch holder but either side of the pin is unobstructed. If you do not have a watch holder, place the watch on its side on a firm surface. If the watch band has arrows, they should be pointing downwards (or, when holding the watch in your hand, the arrows should point away from you).

  3. 3

    Visually inspect the pins to determine their type. The pins can be pushpins or screws. Screws have a slit where the head of the screwdriver will be placed, while pushpins have no such groove and present a very small head. If working with pushpins, gently push the pin in the direction of the arrows with your screwdriver. Keep pushing until the pin's head is sufficiently protruding from the other side to be grabbed by a pair of pliers. Now grasp it with the pliers and gently pull it out. When working with screws, remove them by gently unscrewing. Do not use pliers on screws. Instead, continue the unscrewing action by grasping them with your fingers once they are halfway out. Repeat this procedure until all the links you had earlier selected for removal are out.

  4. 4

    Join loose ends. You will now have four loose ends, two on each side. Bring the two ends together and secure the bracelet by placing it into the watch holder or grasping it with your free hand. Place one of the screws or pins you had earlier removed into the small hole joining the two loose links. If working with a screw, turn it clockwise until it is securely fastened. Do not over-tighten. When working with a pushpin, push it in the direction of the arrow. Repeat until all links are secured.

  1. 1

    Remove the clasp in the centre. Only rubber straps that feature a central clasp should be sized. Do not size rubber straps that feature a buckle. The central clasp is held in place with pins or screws just like the links in a bracelet. Push or unscrew these in order to remove the clasp.

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    Cut the rubber strap equally on both sides. Measure the amount of tightening necessary and cut the rubber strap on both sides by an equal amount. You will note that the strap has grooves and parallel holes running between these grooves; cut them precisely along these grooves with a pair of scissors or a razor blade. Err on the side of caution and cut a little less than you think might be necessary. You can always cut a little more later.

  3. 3

    Reattach the pins or the screws. The ends of the strap will now have the long holes where the pins or screws will go. Place the clasp such that the holes at the end of the clasp align with the holes on the strap and inset the pins or screws. Wen working with screws, screw them in until secure. If the watch features pins, push them in gently and ensure that neither end is protruding.

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