Do you want to know how to remove watch links out of a watch? It’s not as difficult as you may think. It may seem daunting at first, similar to how to clean an iPhone’s charging port or  how to clean iPhone speakers and Cache,  but it’s well worth the effort. After all, nothing is more aggravating than a rubbing wrist caused by a loose metal strap. Some are so loose that the watch face winds placed on the incorrect side, which isn’t the nicest look for a  SmartWatch.


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You don’t have to put up with it if your watch isn’t properly adjusted. Your watch can fit like a glove with a few simple tools and a few minutes of care and attention. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know step-by-step so you don’t have to hire a pro.

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To begin, you’ll need to select a location with ample light. It’s also a good idea to have a tray for the pieces and a small bag for the extra links on hand.


Place the watch on the wrist you wish to wear it on now. Collect all of the extra links on the underside and count how many you can get rid of. Remember that you’ll want some breathing room on your wrist, so err on the side of caution if you’re not sure if one more link is too tight.


Before moving on to the next step, double-check this number.


Divide this number by two to determine how many links from either side of the clasp you’ll be removing. You’ll want to maintain it even so that the clasp is in the middle.


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If you’re using a watch toolset, like the  EZTool Watch Repair Kit  ($19.87, Amazon), it’ll almost certainly include a watch holder. Examine the underside of your metal strap for any signs of wear. On the links closest to the clasp, you should see some small arrows. With the arrows pointing downwards, place the watch in the holder. These essentially signify the direction in which the pins should be removed. If you don’t see any arrows, it’s possible that your pins are screw heads.


The pin pusher should then be inserted over the pin for the number of links you want to remove — keep in mind that you want to remove half on each side of the clasp. Then, using the provided hammer (or an ordinary hammer if you’re careful), lightly tap the pin pusher into the link until it won’t go any further. Rotate your watch and, with a pair of pliers or your fingers, pull the pin loose from the other side. Be prepared for the links to come loose, and ferrules to come loose as well. Keep the pins and ferrules on a tray so you don’t lose them.


Depending on your watch, the pins may have a screw head, in which case you should remove watch links with a 1mm screwdriver. Remove the pins by turning them counterclockwise and removing them with pliers.


This process should be repeated on both sides of the clasp, as well as for the number of links you want to remove on the other side of the strap.


Place the extra links in a bag. Now it’s time to reattach the clasp. In your watch holder, rotate the watch so that the arrows now point upwards.


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STEP: 10

Now you must reconnect the links to the clasp by reinserting the pins in the opposite direction that they were knocked out. After aligning up the clasp and any ferrules, set the pins in the holes and gently hit them with the hammer until they’re pushed back into place. If you removed them with a screwdriver, you can replace them by screwing them back into place.

Final Thoughts

That’s all there is to it; your watch strap should now be exactly fitted to your wrist. Keep the extra links and pins in case you need them.

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