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How to remove watch links from the strap on your new Smartwatch



There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all smartwatch. If you notice that your new smart watch is dangling on your wrist and your forearm is raised, chances are that there are at least one too many chain links on the strap.

Adjusting a smart watch with metal links is not as difficult as you might think. In this guide we will discuss everything you need to know (and the tools you need) to remove links from your smartwatch so that it fits snugly around your wrist.

The right tools

This is important. You cannot adjust the belt with a hairpin and the hammer with which you have hung that photo. However, you also do not have to purchase equipment that costs more than the watch. For our demo here we use the Mudder Watch Band Link Remover, purchased from Amazon U.K. for 7 British pounds. Strangely, it's not in the American Amazon store, but there are many other options. This SE Link Pin Remover Tool costs $ 6.

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The box contains a selection of pin punches, a small hammer and a water tool for securing the strap. Other tire adjustment options are available with a spool on the tool instead of a small hammer. Although they look more user-friendly, they can be more complicated to align during the pen removal process and the pens are easier to lose immediately after removal. Both systems will do the job, but we will focus on the hammer-and-pen tool system here.

The only other tool you need is a pair of pliers. This is not essential, but sometimes the pins have a habit of getting stuck and you need a strong grip to get them out. We also recommend a small container to place the couplings and pins in it after you have removed them so that they are not lost.

The environment

You need a flat surface and lots of light. Do not do it in the middle of the night, or somewhere where people want to be quiet, because removing the pins is a surprisingly noisy process. Make sure you have enough time, because by rushing you run the risk of damaging the pins, links or the watch itself. You do not want a more expensive visit to the jewelers.

How to adjust the strap

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Andy Boxall / Senior Writer

Step 1: Put the watch on and judge how many links need to be removed before it fits properly. While the buckle is ready, squeeze it to the side and see how many links come together. This gives you an idea whether there should be two, four or six links.

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Step 2: Remove the watch and look at the bottom of the strap. You should see small arrows on one side. The direction in which they point is the way in which the pins that secure each link must come out. In general, the pins return in the opposite direction when they are replaced.

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Step 3: Take your toolbox and select a pin punch and the small hammer. Place the watch strap in the watch tool. The arrows must point downwards, with the pin intended to be removed through one of the small holes in the base of the tool. This allows the pin to fall into the tool, but not roll away to never be seen again.

Step 4: Let us assume that you delete a total of four links. This is two on either side of the buckle. Locate the pin next to the buckle and place the pin punch on the top. Tap the hammer with the hammer until the pin jumps through it. This requires a bit of power, but do not respond to it as if you are holding Thor Mjölnir.

Step 5: Remove the watch band from the tool and remove the pin. This is where the nose pliers may be needed to eventually remove the pin from the strap. The watch strap is now in two and you must repeat the process with the pin that secures the required number of links to the rest of the strap. When you are finished, you should have two removed links and a still separated belt. Keep the pins safe, you need them.

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Step 6: Most pins that fasten watch straps are the same, but there are differences. In our demo we have adjusted the strap of the Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch. It uses split pins that bend and become trapped in the belt during abuse, so be careful. If you adjust the metal strap on a Casio watch, the pins have little metal ring. They are small and easy to lose. Do not forget to put them back when replacing the pins, otherwise the pin will fall out later. The point is, be careful when removing the pins on your watch band and be prepared for surprises.

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Step 7: Now it's time to take the strap back to the buckle. Place the watch strap back in the tool, but this time with the arrows facing up. The pins must go in the opposite direction they came from. Insert the pin in the hole. It must go in a short way without a fight, but must be hammered home. Take your time.

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Step 8: The strap must now be one piece again. We recommend that you try the watch again to ensure that you do not misunderstand how many links were to be removed. Provided that two more have to go out, repeat steps two to seven above on the other side of the buckle. When you're done, your new watch must have a strap that fits around your wrist.

That's it, a watch strap adjusted without leaving your home, and you have the tools to do it again in the future. [19659037] Recommendations from the editors





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