How to Remove Watch Links from a Watch Like Orient YFH03001B

November 1st, 2010 | 2 Comments

The Orient YFH02001B and the Orient YFH03001D are very unique models. They draw inspiration from retro cameras and motorcycles, but maintain a modern look.

They both have another thing in common. They’re large, and because of that, their stainless steel bands are long. If your wrist isn’t big enough, you’ll need to resize the bracelet so it doesn’t rattle or slip off of your wrist.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove the links on a split pin bracelet:

1. The first thing you need to do is figure out how many links you need to remove. To do this, put the bracelet on and pinch the bracelet together between 2 fingers until it has a more snug fit. Count how many links are in between your fingers. That’s how many you’ll need to remove.

2. A split pin bracelet has links with tiny holes in them near the clasp. These links are the ones that you will want to remove. Start with a link next to the clasp.

3. In a split pin bracelet, the links are held together by friction pins, which you’ll need to remove. To do so, you’ll need a link removing tool. Before you place the band on the tool, you’ll need to remove the spring bar. Place the watch face down on the platform of the tool. (You can adjust the width depending on the size of your band). Most watches have arrows on the underside of the band indicating which direction you should remove the pins. Make sure that the arrow is facing away from the tool’s handle.

4. The handle of the tool can be twisted in order to move the push pin. Line the push pin up with the end of the split pin on the watch band and, using the handle, carefully push the pin out of the link. Fully remove the pin from the link. Once it’s removed, the link will detach.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed depending on how many links you want to remove.

6. Now that the links are removed, you’ll need to reattach the remaining links. You can use a small pair of pliers to insert a spring bar, head first, between the links. Finally, reattach the clasp to the band by inserting the spring bar that you originally removed.

Now you can wear a big watch even if your wrist isn’t big.

There are a few variations of how to remove links. For example, if your links are held together with screws rather than pins, the process of removing the links will be different. Some people use a hole punch or even a paperclip.

Which method do you use?

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  2. By Jim Rutherford on Dec 25, 2010

    Just got a new Orient watch for Christmas and need to adjust the band by removing several links, but have no idea how to do it. Can’t see any pins, just little cap sort of things with arrows on then of what looks to be removable links, but have no idea how to get them off. HELP!

  3. By Tesh on Jun 5, 2011

    I recently became lucky enough to own an Orient STI Nurburgring Edition watch and needed to remove links from the band – here’s the easiest method I’ve found (see link for photo):

    - using an upturned thumb-tack (slightly blunted tip) placed on a stable surface, I aligned the tip with the direction of the arrow and using both hands to stabilize the band, push down and ‘pop’! the pin comes out clean.

    - to replace the pin, insert it in reverse (make sure the split side is out) and push it in using the back of a ballpoint pen or other similar device, it’ll pop in without marring the surface of the link!

    (photo link:

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