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How to Remove Links from a Citizen Eco-Drive Watch

Updated March 23, 2017

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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  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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Small tweezers
  • Pin pusher

About the Author

Based in the Washington metro area, Jessica Jones has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in business topics. Her fiction has also been featured in publications such as "The Jamaican Observer Sunday Literary Supplement" and at websites including HackWriters. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Lesley University.

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