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How to size a watch band

Adjustable clasp

This type of clasp is primarily adjusted by moving the spring bar to one of several holes in the clasp cover itself. Additional adjustment can usually be performed on the bracelet via screws or pins as described elsewhere in these instructions. Remove the spring bar by depressing one end using a pin pusher, a small diameter metal stem with a flattened end (a paper clip will do fine). Reinstall by placing one end of the spring bar in the desired hole, then depress the upper end and seat the hole opposite. adjustableclasp.jpg

Stretch band links

For this type of bracelet the links can be removed anywhere along the length of the bracelet:

Measure the band. (A good method is to attach one end to the case and wrap the band around your wrist. Count the overlap and add one. This determines the number of links to be removed)

  1. Lay the bracelet on a work surface face down, bend down the top edge flaps of the section to be removed.
  2. Turn over the bracelet and open the bottom edge flaps immediately to the left of the top flaps previously opened.
  3. Slide the section to be removed sideways. The staples holding the links together will disengage.
  4. Reassemble the bracelet. Engage the staples on both sides simultaneously. Close all the flaps
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Links held with pins

Many bracelets use friction pins to connect the links(there are no well defined screwdriver slots. Please make sure the links on your watch are not connected by screws. If they are, you need the right size screw driver and not a link remover) . There are two basic types of pins, either straight pins or split pins. The direction to push is usually shown by an arrow on the bracelet underside. Always remove and install split pins head first in the direction indicated by the arrows. To remove these pins, put the bracelet on the grey square plastic base find the right thickness opening on the base and insert the bracelet arrows pointing down. Position the pin pusher over the pin to be removed and tap the pin out from the top with a small hammer. 

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Instuctions for TSLK2

Align the pin pusher directly on top of the pin before taping otherwise the pins on the tool will break before removing the pin. Not much force is needed to push the pin out. 

Some bracelets use friction pins (there are no well defined screwdriver slots) to hold the links for sizing the bracelet. There are two basic types of pins, either straight pins or split pins. The direction to push is usually shown by an arrow on the bracelet underside. Always remove and install split pins head first in the direction indicated by the arrows. To remove these pins, a pin pushing tool is used. 

This style of bracelet incorporates a hollow tube as an anchor to secure the pins connecting the links. There are two basic types of 'Capsa' style links, each connected in a slightly different way.

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Instructions for TSLK4

Rest your watchband upright in the cradle pay attention to the marked arrows on the links that is the direction the pin should be pushed out.
Line up the plunger with the watchband retaining pin
Gently push the handle to release the pin

Re-insert the pin.

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Instructions for TSLK3 and TSLK6

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Start by removing the spring bar from the clasp to align it properly on the link removing tool. Use a spring bar removing tool to push the spring loaded tip and tilt the bracelet end out. Caution: Keep away from your face spring bar is spring loaded so make sure that it does not fly away when removing.

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 Lay the bracelet flat on the cradle of the tool. Make sure that the arrows printed on the extension links face away from the push pin of the tool. If you notice, there is a spring loaded plate to make it easier to align the watch band connecting pin to the pin of the tool. To avoid breaking the pin of the tool, make sure that it is aligned properly with the link connecting pin when it is being pushed out. If you push the pin at an angle the pin will break easily. You do not need a lot force to take these pins come out. if you see that you are turning the knob and it is not turning, stop realign and continue.

To reconnect the links together push the closed part of the pin against the arrow as shown on the last  image.

Caspa Style Link

To remove the first type of 'Capsa' style link, using the pin pusher, remove the pin securing the link and pull the pin completely out of the bracelet link. Take care not to lose the tubing when disassembling the links. To reassemble the links, insert the tube, assemble the links and then insert the pin.

 

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To adjust the other type of 'Capsa' style link bracelet (Diagram 1) , locate the angled recess on the backside of the bracelet. Using a suitable screwdriver blade, force the blade into the recess. Twist the blade to pry off the cap and then continue to use pressure to completely remove the cap from the tube. Remove the tube and disassemble the required links. After reassembling the links, push the caps into the tubes

Band links connected with clip spring

This type of friction clip is generally found on watches with fold over (three part) clasps, the double deployment folding clasp. To remove links, using a pin pusher, fine needle nose pliers or a screwdriver, insert the tool into the hole or open space of the clip and push out the clip. After sizing, when reassembling the links, be certain to push the clip fully back into the link.

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