- 1 How many links should I take off my watch?
- 2 What side of a watch band should links be removed?
- 3 How do you unlink a metal watch band?
- 4 How many links can you remove from a Rolex?
- 5 How long does it take to get watch links removed?
- 6 How do you shorten a watch link at home?
- 7 How do I change the links on my Rolex?
When possible try to take out an even number of links from each side of the band, so that your watch will be balanced and sit evenly on your wrist. For example, if two links need to be removed total, you should be removing one link from each side of the clasp.
Gather the links up until it fits the way you want and count how many are in excess. Plan to remove the links evenly from both sides of the watch so that your clasp remains in the middle.
Use the pin pusher or spring bar removal tool to push the pin that secures that particular link, following the direction of the printed arrows on the underside of the metal link. You should be able to push the pin 2 or 3mm and then pull it out from the other side using your pair of pliers or by hand.
On Oyster bracelets, It varies from 11 to 15 links, but a vast majority have 13. Professional models from Rolex come with 12 links plus the end link and either EasyLink extension system. These Rolex bracelets have 4 fixed links on each side, which are links you cannot remove.
To remove one or multiple links from your watch, all you will need is a small screwdriver, and a well-lit area to work. This tutorial contains 5 steps and will take less than 15 minutes to complete if done correctly. Note: choose a surface to work on that won’t scratch or damage your watch.
Method 1: By using a pin pusher
- Place the watch on the table with the push pins facing up.
- Insert the pin pusher into the hole and push the pin firmly.
- Once you’ve pushed the pin enough, it will pop out. Use pliers to remove it together with the link.
- Repeat the steps until you’ve removed the number of desired links.
Insert your screwdriver into the pinhole and loosen the pin until it becomes detached from inside the link. Using a pair of pliers, grab the pin and pull it out of the link. 3. After this link is removed, slide the two separated links together where the pinholes align.