How Do I Adjust the Metal Links of my Fossil Watch? (No Tools Needed)

It might be frustrating to wear a wristwatch that is too big for your wrist. The watch straps that arrive with the vast majority of timepieces are usually made of calfskin or rubber. However, certain firms, like Fossil, are able to create watch bands made of metal that also include suede and rubber.

Metal bands, unlike leather or silicone straps, do not have a few separate fastening holes.

Because of this, a lot of individuals are bothered by the fact that their watch is hanging off their wrist. In light of this, a method has been devised that is effective for eliminating linkages from Fossil timepieces.

In addition, this solution may be used for any wristwatch or traditional watch that uses a steel band or a link band for its band.

This repair utilises two approaches, one of which does not need the use of any specialised equipment. And the second option is to make use of appropriate equipment (advised).

Consider going about it with both methods, and then make your decision based on what you find more appealing. However, I would advise you to make use of a suitable set of tools since doing so will make the process much simpler and will provide a higher level of protection for your watch.

Warning: Before beginning, please make sure you have thoroughly read each step in order to prevent making any errors. (Immensément Recommendable)

Step 1: Acquire All Necessary Equipment for the Procedure 

You are unable to alter your bracelet without these instruments. I concur, and as I indicated before, you do not need any specialised equipment to do the task. However, they are not specialist instruments; the syringe tweezers and safety pins (preferably of a moderate length) are items that are often used in our household.

Why should I use a paperclip of moderate length? Because a paper clip of medium size may be inserted into the opening in the bands without any difficulty.

For the sake of showing, I’m going to be utilising a Sea Striker Needle-nose Nail puller as well as some Medium Size Paper Clips.

Additionally, in order to avoid injury to your wristwatch, you must have a foundation that is made of foam or is at least somewhat soft.


Step 2: After pulling the paper pin to size, insert it into the hole.

Once you have determined how many linkages need to be removed from the bracelet in order to get the desired fit, proceed as follows. The next step is to search the straps for a mark in the shape of an arrow. This mark will point out the edge of the harness through which the pin should be punched.

Now, cut approximately half an inch off of the paper clip so that you can remove the pin from the hole. After that, you need to hold onto the part that was cut and insert it into the appropriate slot.

Step 3: Detach the Pin From the Wrist Strap by Pushing It Out. 

Before moving on to the next step, check to see that you are employing the cushion as a foundation.

Now, grab your needle-nose tweezers and deliver the paper pin a few taps with the underside of your needle-nose tweezers. This will help secure the paper pin.

After that, you will be able to see the pin emerging from the connection. Employing your needle-nose pliers, gently remove the pin from its hole before inflicting any harm in the process.

Step 4: Remove the pin, then reconnect the harness to the clasp 

And that’s a wrap! To withdraw the needle from the opposite side of the connection, you will need to redo the operation. Repeat these steps as many times as necessary until the watch is a great fit for you.

After you have taken out the appropriate quantity of links, it is time to reconnect the watch band to the clasp.

The question is, how do you rejoin the bracelet to the clasp? It’s simple; just remove the pin that connects the two ends of the wrist strap, and set the watch on your wrist, but this time make sure the arrow is facing in the right direction and give the bottom part of the needle-nose tweezers a few light taps.

First, Determine Which Instruments Are Appropriate for the Procedure.

This step is really necessary.

You may customise the fit of the straps by using a needle-nose plier and a paper pin, as was shown before. Having said that, I do not advise doing so since doing so may cause damage to your watch.

I recommend investing in the appropriate equipment in order to alter the strap of your watch. Using these devices not only makes the procedure a lot simpler but also makes it safer.

The kit is affordable; for the sake of this demonstration, I will be utilising an EFIXTK Watch Strap Tool Kit. It comes with twenty-four distinct tools, each of which may be used in a variety of contexts.

You may opt for the SE Watch Strap Link Extractor if you’re searching for a kit that’s not too big; it does the job well. There are several pin punches, a tool to tighten your watch strap, and a little hammer with two heads included inside this set.

A pair of pliers with a needle-nose tip is all that is required except this. It is a good idea to have one since the pins might occasionally stay caught midway, and in that case, you will need a grasp to remove them.

To do this, you need to make use of a Sea Striker P6 Needlenose Plier.

Step 2: Locate the Arrow Marking Under the Buckle of the Product. 

After determining the total number of links which need to be taken out of the watch in order to get the desired fit, it is time to take those links out.

In order to do it, you need to flip the wristwatch over and search for the arrow. The arrow represents the direction that you should press in order to access the pinout.

Because pins are normally inserted in just one direction, the head of the pin is often bigger on one side and shorter on another.

Step 3: Position the Watch Band Within the Watch Device 

Now, insert the watch band into any of the gaps that are present in the watch strap attachment. Examining the arrows can help you determine whether or not you are going in the right way.

In addition, make sure that the hole and the pin are in the correct location so that the pin may roll down to the tool.

Step 4: Remove the pin from the straps. 

After that, choose each of the pin drills included in the package, and one at a time, determine which pin punches can be inserted into that slot without any problems. Once you have located it, you may either give it a little shove with your hand or use a hammer to give it a few light taps on the surface.

After the pin has been removed, use the tweezers with the needle-nose end and make an attempt to draw the remainder of the pin out without crushing it.

Now that you have completed the procedure on one side of the connection, turn around and repeat it on the other side to completely eliminate the link.

Step 5: Attach the Harness Back to the Clasp 

After taking out the extra links, it is now time to reattach the harness to the clasp where it was originally attached. Take the needle and insert it into the hole by putting both of the strap’s ends together.

After that, insert the wristwatch band into the container for the watch strap, but this time with the arrow pointing in the upward direction.

The next step is to take the hammer and give it a few light taps, but this time be sure to use the nylon end so there is no harm done.

Step 6: You’ve Done It! 

It took a lot of work, but in the end, it was successful.

Now that you’ve made the necessary modifications, you can put on your Fossil timepiece and see whether they were successful. If not, carry out the procedure again using your dimensions as a guide.

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