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How To Remove Watch Links

In this guide, we will explain how to use the metal link removal tool to remove links so you can shorten your watch bracelet.

Before you start, measure how many links you will need to remove to resize the band for your wrist. Plan to remove an equal or close to equal number of links from each side of the clasp so that the claps remains in the center of the strap.


How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 1

Check the back of the strap for arrows which indicate the direction in which the pins will push out. You will want to push the pins through in the direction that the arrows are pointing.


How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 2

Lay the watch band across the link removal tool (underside up so the arrows are visible). Make sure that the arrows are pointing away from the pin pusher.


How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 3

Line up the pin pusher with the pin hole of the link you want to take out. Once in place, rotate the handle clockwise to bring the pusher towards and into the pin hole. Once in place keep rotating the handle until the pin pushes out.

How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 4

Once the pin has been pushed as far it can go, grip the pin between your fingers and pull it out the rest of the way until the pin has been removed completely.

How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 5


How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 6

Once the desired number of links have been removed, you will need to reconnect the band. To do this, hold the links together and replace the pin with your fingers. Finally, use the link removal tool to push the pin securely back into place.

How To Remove Watch Links With Tool Step 7


  1. Wow! The band is perfect and the tool to remove the links is VERY useful! I felt like a pro! LOL! You guys rock my world !

  2. It works well on my Versa 2 band.

  3. Valerie Richardson

    How do you remove links on a ball link band?

  4. Hi, I just used the tool you sent me to remove 6 links. Works great.


  5. How about adding links?

  6. Recently I purchased a set of watch repair tools. Most can be figured out with a little thought and work very well for the very reasonable prices asked for such items. However, sometimes a non-expert has to “guess” as to how to work the tool. With interesting, well photographed and explained, guides and “how to do it” teaching tips like this? It makes is so much easier and quicker. Thank you very much Strapsco for providing such informative and helpful guides.

    1. Thanks for your feedback JR! We are very happy to hear this was useful for you. This is why we do what we do!

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