How to Change the Size of a Watch Band

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How to Change the Size of a Watch Band
A watch and watchband (Watch image by Aqeel Ahmed from

Methods of adjusting watch bands are highly varied, based on the makers and band material. Leather and cloth bands are the easiest, and are adjusted without having to make any changes to the band itself. Some rubber and all metal bands, however, require some adjustment to fit perfectly. Here are some of the most common types of bands and band adjustments.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Scissors
  • Small screwdriver
  • Spring bar tool
  • Watch

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    Rubber Watch Band with Deployment Clasp

  1. 1

    Remove the deployant clasp. Find the spring bars, which are spring-loaded pins that go through the band to hold it to the clasp. Push down on one side of a spring bar with the spring bar tool and pull the band away from the clasp. This should release the clasp from the band. Repeat this for both sides.

  2. 2

    Test the bracelet for sizing, then cut along the inner watch band grooves (which are placed for adjustment) with the scissors. Be sure to cut carefully and conservatively, as cutting too much cannot be fixed.

  3. 3

    When the watch band is properly sized, replace the buckle using the spring bar holes that are the closest to the end of the band.

    Metal Pin Band

  1. 1

    Check the sides of the watch band links closest to the buckle. If the small holes contain pins, it is a pin style. If the holes contain small screws, follow the steps in the Metal Screw Band section.

  2. 2

    Place the watch face down on the soft cloth to prevent scratching.

  3. 3

    Look for the arrows printed on the bottom of the watch band. These indicate the direction to push out the pins. Place the small screwdriver in the hole and push in the direction of the arrow to release the pin from the other side.

  4. 4

    Repeat this as many times as needed to remove the required links, then rejoin the band by pushing the pin back, opposite of how it was removed (towards the arrow). This will prevent you from damaging the pin in the process.

    Metal Screw Band

  1. 1

    Place the watch facedown on the soft cloth to prevent scratching.

  2. 2

    Using a small screwdriver, unscrew the links that you need to remove.

  3. 3

    Once the links are removed, attach the two sides of the band, then use one of the removed screws to unite the two sides.

Tips and warnings

  • If your watch band does not seem to fit in these categories, check your user manual or contact the watch maker.
  • When changing a rubber strap, be careful not to cut off too much material or you will have to purchase a new strap.

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