How to Remove Links from a Citizen Eco-Drive Watch

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How to Remove Links from a Citizen Eco-Drive Watch
Remove watch links to shorten the length of your Citizen Eco-Drive watchband. (Watch image by Corneliu C from

Ideally, a watch should fit snugly against your wrist without causing tightness or discomfort. If you have recently lost weight or mistakenly purchased or were given a Citizen Eco Drive watch that's too big for your wrist, removing links from your watch allows for a better fit. By removing a few pins that hold watch links together, you can shorten the length of the watchband to improve the fit.

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Things you need

  • Small tweezers
  • Pin pusher

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  1. 1

    Purchase a Citizen Watch Band Sizing Tool (CIT-SZTOOL) from a Citizen Watch dealer or online. Place your Eco Drive watch into the CIT-SZTOOL. Line up one of the pinholes with the CIT-SZTOOL sizing pin.

  2. 2

    Push the pin out of the link slowly using the sizing pin. Use your fingers or a small pair of tweezers to completely remove the pin from the link.

  3. 3

    Carefully pull apart the link to determine if it contains a locking tube or split pin. Use a pin pusher or a small pair of tweezers to remove the locking tube.

  4. 4

    Continue to remove pins and/or locking tubes until you have removed the desired number of links. Remove the watch from the CIT-SZTOOL and strap it onto your wrist to determine if you need to remove more links.

Tips and warnings

  • Save any pins and links you remove so you can add links if necessary in the future.
  • If removing more than one or two links, remove additional links from the 6:00 side of the watch so the watch face maintains its position in the middle of your wrist.
  • Handle your watch with care when removing links to avoid scratching the face or causing permanent damage to the links.

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