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?