Have you ever bought a watch with a stainless steel bracelet (like a diver's watch) then realized that the band was so huge you could fit it around your ankle? If you are like me, you probably have tons of screwdrivers and sharp, pointy objects, but you don't want to damage your knife points and the screwdrivers (even the tiny ones) are much too big for such a job.
After messing around for far too long, I finally discovered a simple, exceedingly cheap way to remove those stubborn pins from in between your watchband links. All you need is a THUMBTACK!
Thanks for the thumb tack idea, it worked great. I do admit to using a push pin though. Hey, what the heck, you nailed it!!
Thanks for the tip! Just bought a new watch yesterday and took care of the band myself, then went back to a couple of old watches I had around and adjusted those as well.
Yes, I too agree that the thumbtack idea works great. I looked around the house for something that would work, then found this online and it set me straight. Works exactly as described. No need to take a trip to the jeweler.
After getting a quote for $12.50 from the jeweler I went home and started looking online..worked like a charm!
My Timex expansion watch band doesn't have holes in it to insert a tack. If I had a band with holes in it, how do you rejoin the ends after you remove a section?
Had a watch from Xmas sitting there, awaiting a trip to the jewelers...no need now. Great tip as long as you are careful.
Thanks! I bought a costume jewelry watch super cheap off eBay. I'm used to the screw-type pins or spring-loaded ones in watches. These push pins had me stumped. Thought I would have to waste the money I saved, at a jeweler, to get these links off.
AWESOME - simply AWESOME! I was about to order a kit from eBay when I tried once more to find a resolution on-line. This worked WONDERS - even on one of my old watches that the pins had, essentially, frozen in the holes. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tip!
Outstanding! Just adjusted my watch. Thanks for the great tip.
Thanks! Worked like a charm!
After spending an hour trying to get the pin out I decided to check the internet. Boy am I glad I did. After reading your post I had the pin out in seconds. Thanks!
YES! God bless the GOOGLE toolbar. I just knew there was a logical solution. I did remove 5 links in about 10mins (some of which was spent looking for another tack). The best ones were the OVERSIZED pushpins. A gentle tap with a hammer and pull with a plier and my watch was perfect! THANK YOU!
I used the end of a paper clip to remove 6 links, then I have remaining one at each end should someday not be so skinny.
You're da bomb. Spent 20 minutes with a paper clip before you pointed me in the right direction. THANKS!
Little things the jewelers don't want you to know...
Thanks for the tip. Saved me time and money.
There are many types of watch bands. Some require other approaches.
It works for a new Timex!
gr8 post, worked like a charm on my new Invicta I bought online. Important to push the pin out in the direction of the arrow on the clasp. Thanks a bunch.
Thanks! Great tip! Save me money.
I used push pins which also work fine.
I used a small screwdriver kit. And it worked like a charm. (Hobby screw driver kit)
Thanks! Worked great and saved me $14 from the Sears watch repair shop.
Dude! The thumbtack worked great! Mahalo!
This is the best tip! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have been searching for something around the house that would remove the link pin. The thumbtack idea worked great and saved me the $15 of either having someone remove one link for me or buying a link removing kit.
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