How to Repair the Clasp on a Fossil Watch

Written by lynn rademacher
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Watch band clasps receive a lot of abuse from normal wear that can cause them to break. Fossil Inc, recognises this potential for clasp failure and stands behind their watch clasps with a one-year warranty. Fossil watch owners can return the watch to the company with the receipt of purchase during the first year of ownership to have a faulty watch band or clasp repaired, but after the first year it's the owners responsibility.

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Things you need

  • Jeweller's pin-pusher kit
  • Felt
  • Desk light
  • New Fossil clasp

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  1. 1

    Place a piece of felt across your work area. This will help to prevent the pins from the watch band from rolling off the table as they are released.

  2. 2

    Position a desk lamp near the piece of felt to provide adequate lighting for the work.

  3. 3

    Look at the side of the Fossil watch and locate the link that holds the pin that is securing the clasp to the watch band.

  4. 4

    Push the pin out of the band with a pin pusher from the jeweller's pin-pusher kit. Pins will move only one direction, so make sure you are pushing the round side of the pin.

  5. 5

    Wiggle the watch band at the joint while pushing on the pin to encourage the pin to move. Once the head of the pin is exposed on the other side of the band, use the pin extractor from the kit and pull the pin the rest of the way out. Repeat this process for the other side of the clasp.

  6. 6

    Position the new clasp in the watch band and align the holes.

  7. 7

    Slide the pin back in the watch band the same way it was removed. Don't place excessive pressure on the pin or it could break. If the pin doesn't slide smoothly through the band and clasp holes, double check that the holes are aligned. Use the flat side of the pin extractor to gently pound the pin the rest of the way into place once just the head of the pin is exposed above the watch band. Repeat this process for the pin on the other side of the band.

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