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How do I shorten my watchband with links?

You just received your watch. The first thing you do is look at how your newest addition looks on your wrist. The watch strap makes your watch look cool. But the strap is too big, which means your watch is quite loose on your wrist. Luckily, this can be solved by removing one or more links. In this article, I explain how to do this step by step.

Step 1: Collect the things you need

To shorten your watch strap, you need a watch strap shortening set, a (small) hammer, a pair of pliers, and a towel or tea towel. Put your watch on this to prevent damage.

Step 2: Check the links of the watch strap

Each link has a pin with which it is attached to the watch strap. Before you shorten your watch strap, it's important to check which links are can be removed. You can recognize these links by the arrows that you find on the inside of the watch strap. These arrows indicate the direction you should follow when you remove or place the pin of a link.

Step 3: Put your watch on the watch strap shortening set

Place your watch strap on the watch strap shortening set. Make sure the link you want to remove is in front of the needle that you use to remove the pin of your watch strap. To prevent damage to the screen of your watch, place a towel on the table before you get started.

Step 4: Remove the pin from the link

The watch shortening set has a needle with which you push the pin out of a link. This needle is mounted on a rotatable screw. Turn this screw clockwise so that the needle presses against the pin. The pin protrudes on the other side of the link. If the pin is not too tight, you can pull it away with your fingers. If this does not work, use a pair of pliers (carefully). The link is fixed with 2 pins. Follow the above steps to remove the second pin as well.

Step 5: Connect your watch strap to the final piece

After you've removed one or more links, you have to close the watch strap again. Attach the links to each other by inserting the pin into the link. Look at the direction of the arrow on the inside of the watch. Follow this direction when placing the pin. To put the pin in the link again, use a hammer. First, put a towel on top of the link and then carefully hit the link with the hammer. Make sure the pin is completely inside the link.

Step 6: Check whether the watch strap fits better now

After you've removed the links, check whether your watch is comfortable enough on your wrist. Your watch is now ready for use again.


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