How to size a watch band


Adjustable clasp





This type of clasp is primarily adjusted by moving the spring bar to one of several holes in the clasp cover itself. Additional adjustment can usually be performed on the bracelet via screws or pins as described elsewhere in these instructions. Remove the spring bar by depressing one end using a pin pusher, a small diameter metal stem with a flattened end (a paper clip will do fine). Reinstall by placing one end of the spring bar in the desired hole, then depress the upper end and seat the hole opposite.


Stretch band links

For this type of bracelet the links can be removed anywhere along the length of the bracelet:

Measure the band. (A good method is to attach one end to the case and wrap the band around your wrist. Count the overlap and add one. This determines the number of links to be removed)

Lay the bracelet on a work surface face down, bend down the top edge flaps of the section to be removed.

Turn over the bracelet and open the bottom edge flaps immediately to the left of the top flaps previously opened.

Slide the section to be removed sideways. The staples holding the links together will disengage.

Reassemble the bracelet. Engage the staples on both sides simultaneously. Close all the flaps




Links held with pins


Many bracelets use friction pins to connect the links(there are no well defined screwdriver slots. Please make sure the links on your watch are not connected by screws. If they are, you need the right size screw driver and not a link remover) . There are two basic types of pins, either straight pins or split pins. The direction to push is usually shown by an arrow on the bracelet underside. Always remove and install split pins head first in the direction indicated by the arrows. To remove these pins, put the bracelet on the grey square plastic base find the right thickness opening on the base and insert the bracelet arrows pointing down. Position the pin pusher over the pin to be removed and tap the pin out from the top with a small hammer.



Align the pin pusher directly on top of the pin before taping otherwise the pins on the tool will break before removing the pin. Not much force is needed to push the pin out.


Some bracelets use friction pins (there are no well defined screwdriver slots) to hold the links for sizing the bracelet. There are two basic types of pins, either straight pins or split pins. The direction to push is usually shown by an arrow on the bracelet underside. Always remove and install split pins head first in the direction indicated by the arrows. To remove these pins, a pin pushing tool is used.






This style of bracelet incorporates a hollow tube as an anchor to secure the pins connecting the links. There are two basic types of 'Capsa' style links, each connected in a slightly different way.

To remove the first type of 'Capsa' style link, using the pin pusher, remove the pin securing the link and pull the pin completely out of the bracelet link. Take care not to lose the tubing when disassembling the links. To reassemble the links, insert the tube, assemble the links and then insert the pin.






To adjust the other type of 'Capsa' style link bracelet (Diagram 1) , locate the angled recess on the backside of the bracelet. Using a suitable screwdriver blade, force the blade into the recess. Twist the blade to pry off the cap and then continue to use pressure to completely remove the cap from the tube. Remove the tube and disassemble the required links. After reassembling the links, push the caps into the tubes



Band links connected with clip spring




This type of friction clip is generally found on watches with fold over (three part) clasps, the double deployment folding clasp. To remove links, using a pin pusher, fine needle nose pliers or a screwdriver, insert the tool into the hole or open space of the clip and push out the clip. After sizing, when reassembling the links, be certain to push the clip fully back into the link.