Removing Watchband Links

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Without going to the jeweler, it can be a challenge finding just the right tool to use at home to resize a watchband. This is a page about removing watchband links.


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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!

Yes, folks, for only fifty or seventy-five cents at your local dollar store, you can purchase an entire container of handy watch band reducers. Just insert the point of the tack into the holes on the correct side of the band (Make SURE you have it right), and give a gentle shove. For most watches, this is all you need to remove a few links, all in a few minutes.

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Save money and do it yourself! Shortening a watch band can be quite easily done at home.



  • nail or thin screwdriver
  • small hammer


  1. Turn your watch so you can see the inside of the band. Some links will be marked with an arrow. Those are the links that can be removed.
  2. Make sure the arrow is pointing down. Put your nail or screwdriver on top of the pin that holds the links together. Push in the direction of the arrow. The pin will come out and the link will come off. Tape this pin to a piece of paper so that you don't lose it.
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  4. Remove an equal number of links from both sides so the watch face will be centered on your wrist.
  5. When you are ready to reattach the part with the closing buckle, place the pieces together. This time make sure the arrow is pointing up. Put the pin in, and tap it with the hammer so the links are securely fastened.
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