Adjusting the fit of a metal watch band is essential in making sure your watch sits comfortably on your wrist. The majority of metal watch bands come in universal sizes. In most cases, they need to be shortened to fit their owner’s wrist.
Luckily, removing link(s) from a metal watch band is a pretty straightforward process, providing you know the procedure and have the right tools. There are several ways to do it, depending on the type of watch band and the tools needed to do it. This article will provide all the info on how to adjust the watch band on your own.
There are two types of metal watch bands that are most frequently used. Adjusting them is a reasonably straightforward process, providing that you have the right tools. Here’s what you need to have and do.
As already explained, it is highly advisable to use premium quality screwdrivers to work on metal screws. Let's take MiLTAT watch bands' screws as an example.
Stainless steel watch bands from MiLTAT are all using different types of screws to quickly assemble
MiLTAT's being supreme quality screws, every detail is well thought of. One of the types of stainless steel screws worth mentioning is Blue Loctite screws. Are you interested to know what does this means? If you are a cyclist, you may have ideas.
Blue Loctite is an anaerobic adhesive applied by drops to the threads of the screws. It protects threads from rust and corrosion and prevents loosening from shock and vibration. Safety is the first priority for a cyclist, and that's why Loctite screws are commonly found in a bicycle. Imagine a bike wheel non-stop rotating; it took dozens of screws to assemble them.
In the light of adjusting a metal watch band, this means that a person screwing and unscrewing a blue Loctite screw or even any other screws will have to apply additional pressure to get it moving. And use a premium quality screwdriver to do it without damaging the screw and to make it easier on their fingers and palms.
The process itself is simple and has only two steps, screwing and unscrewing.
How to remove links from watch band that has SCREW links?
This posture can apply additional pressure to get the screw
Use your thumb and fingers to hold the knurled handle and
Japan Made Precision Screwdriver Cut-Out type for Watch Bracelet adjustment - 4 interchangeable blades, Details
Not all metal watch bands have screw-fixed length adjustment details. For example, original Seiko watch bands, Citizen watch bands, and Orient watch bands have 'pin' fixing points rather than screws.
So, how to remove links from watch band that has Pin-fixed links?
You’ll need link removal tools. These are divided into two categories. There are basic level and advanced level pin removal tools depending on the complexity of the process involved.
For an easy entry level, two-step pin removal, you'll need a single tool, a watch band's link pin adjuster.
To avoid pins popping out and getting lost, always lay a non-slippery mat or cloth on the work table before any installation.
Set of 3 sizes Punch Pins - Watch Band Pin Remover, Link Removal Tools, Details
For those who are handier with tools and really concerned about performance, there is an advanced level pin removal process. It will require the use of three tools: a watch bracelet holding block, a watchmaker hammer, and a pin remover.
Keep the push pin straight while hammering
Adjusting a metal watch band is essentially a simple process. There are only two conditions that need to be met to remove or add a link to a watch band successfully: using premium quality tools appropriate to screws and pins used to connect the links and being patient to do each of the link removal steps in a proper sequence.
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