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HOW TO ADJUST YOUR WATCH BAND OR STRAP?

March 21, 2018 4 min read

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Good morning everyone!

Today we will show you how to adjust the mesh strap or steel bracelet of your wristwatch.

When choosing a watch, the size of the bracelet or strap doesn't always fits the wrist. Sometimes it is necessary to make adjustments. If your purchase is a mesh bracelet watch, the procedure is easy as they are adaptable. However, oyster bracelets' adjustments may involve pulling out some links.

It may seem a difficult task, but it is relatively easy and it can be done by oneself at home.

Anyhow, if you have any doubt about the explanation, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to help you. 

BEFORE STARTING:
Tools we will need:
  1. Thin, sharp object.
  2. Small and sharp pliers.
  3. Small ball-peen hammer.
  4. 1 mm screwdriver.
  5. A box to keep the pieces removed.

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HOW TO ADJUST THE MESH STRAP OF YOUR WATCH:

To adjust a mesh bracelet it is easier than to adjust an oyster one. The only tool we will need is a miniature screwdriver or some instrument that may replace it. 

  1. Find the Localice en la hebilla la parte central, encontrará un enganche cerrado.
  2. Pull it out by using the screwdriver as a lever until it is opened. 
  3. Slide the clasp up and down the mesh to adjust the desired lenght of the strap
  4. Close the clasp by pressing.

In this video you can see how it has been adjusted the mesh strap of a Maurice Lacroix Eliros watch:

HOW TO ADJUST AN OYSTER BRACELET:

In order to adjust the link steel strap, place it in your wrist where you want to wear it and turn your wrist upside down so that the fastener is on top of it.

Group the spare links so that the strap fits properly your wrist. Those links will be the ones that we have to remove. Take into account that it is preferable to pull out one more later rather than adding again one because the strap wasn't long enough. Also, it is important to split the links that you want to remove between both sides of the clasp, in order to keep it in the center of your wrist.

There are several types of steel bracelets and each one must be adjusted differently. Then, here we explain you in greater detail the proceeding for each model. 

A) WATCH BAND SCREW LINKS:
  1. Find the screw in the link of the chain that you want to remove.
  2. Applying little preassure, turn the screwdriver counterclockwise until it loosens.
  3. Use the pliers or your own hand to hold the screw and place it safe, as you will need it later to assemble the strap again. 
  4. Once the screw it's pulled out, the link will be easily removable. Repeat this action with every link you want to take away.
  5. To finish the proceeding, put together by using the screwdriver the links removed in step 3.

In the following video tutorial we show you how it is done in a Sinn U2 watch:

B) LINKS HELD WITH COTTER PINS:

  1. With the tiny, sharp tool, push the link clasp. In this watches, with security pins, you will find an arrow next to the link. Follow the direction it indicates.
  2. Hold tight the bracelet and push down slightly the links you want to remove and push up the limit of the of the part of the strap you want to keep, until it disarranges.
  3. Dive then the strap to be able to isolate the latching mechanism. 
  4. Take away the necessary links. Always try to do it gently not to damage your watch.
  5. To attach the strap, follow the same steps in reverse.
C) LINKS WITH ROUNDED OR FLAT FASTENERS:

In some cases, before removing the links, it is necessary to separate the band from the case.

  1. Use the fine and sharp tool to lever out the springbar of the buckle strap. Mind to keep this piece safely, as we will need it and it is the only one we have. 
  2. Using again the same tool, push the fastener of the link you want to remove according to the direction shown in the arrows engraved on the inside of the band.
  3. When they emerge by the other side, hold them with the priels not to loose them and place them in the box. Some bands have steel caps between the links. Be careful about keeping them in a safe place, as we will need them in the future. 
  4. Remove the second link fastener and repeat the procedure for every link you want to remove.
  5. To assemble the band, follow the same steps in reverse. If the band has steel sleeves, place them in between the link that is going to be assembled.
  6. Put again the sleeves. Help yourself with the small hammer if needed. End attaching the band to the case placing the springbar. Mind to set the closure in the right side. 

If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us via info@iguanasell.com, phone 91 441 50 41, whatsApp 682 678 786 or visit our boutique at Núñez de Balboa 90, Madrid.

Best Regards,

Iguana Sell Team


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