How to Adjust the Metal Band on a Wristwatch

Having a reliable wristwatch can help you keep track of time and remind you of important appointments.

The metal band on your wristwatch can easily be adjusted.The metal band on your wristwatch can easily be adjusted.
Wristwatch features such as chronographs and stopwatches can even help you monitor and improve your athletic performance. Because most wristwatch manufacturers include several extra links in their metal watch bands, brand new wristwatches rarely offer a perfect fit right out of the box. Luckily, adjusting a metal wristwatch band is a simple task that can be completed in just a few minutes.

Perform your watch band adjustment in a room of your home that offers a clean, flat work surface near a source of natural or artificial light. Pad your work surface with a neoprene mouse pad or sheet of craft felt to avoid accidentally scratching or scuffing your watch face during the band adjustment process.

Center your watch face-down on the mouse pad or sheet of felt. Examine the back of the metal watch band to determine which links can be removed. Note that the backs of removable watch links will be marked with a small arrow.

Look between any two removable links to spot the small metal pin that holds the links together. Use a watch pin removal tool or thumbtack to force out the link pins in the direction indicated by the arrows to remove the desired band links. Ensure that the watch face remains centered by removing links from alternating sides of the watch band.

Reassemble your metal watch band to complete the band adjustment process. Hold the links at both ends of the watch band together. Insert a metal link pin between the two links to join them together. Insert the link pin in the opposite direction from what is indicated by the arrows. Tap the link pin in with a small rubber mallet, if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Neoprene mouse pad or sheet of craft felt
  • Watch pin removal tool or thumbtack
  • Small rubber mallet


  • The small metal link pins in watch bands are designed to be difficult to remove. If you are unable to force out the link pins with your watch pin removal tool alone, try pulling them free with a pair of needle-nose jewelry pliers.


  • Self-adjusting the band on your wristwatch may void its manufacturer's warranty. Contact your watch manufacturer's customer service department for more warranty and repair information.

About the Author

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.