Most metal watch
bands come in one of just a few standard lengths, and since people come in all
different shapes and sizes it is likely that over time your wrist will change
and you may need to add or remove links from your watch band. Therefore, we have compiled a collection of
articles to help you learn how to adjust your metal watch band to make sure it
fits you perfectly by adding a couple extra links. As most watch bands are held together in a variety of
ways, you cannot adjust each watch band the same way: therefore check out this
list below to identify the kind of link pins your watch band uses and follow the
link to learn how to add links to that style of band.
Watch Band Link
- Cotter Pin
Links: You can recognize a link held together with cotter pins by turning it
and looking at each edge of the band. If one side has a smooth pin
end, and the other end looks like it has a very thin groove across the top,
you are probably dealing with a cotter pin. These pins often have
arrows marking the way they should be removed from the band on the inside of
the band. Click here to learn
How to Add
Cotter Pin Watch Band Links.
- T-Bar Style
Links: A link with t-bar style pins can
be identified by looking at the back of the band. If the links have oval
shaped cutouts in the back with arrows pointing toward them, your watch most
likely has t-bar pins holding it together. Click here to learn
How to Add T-Bar
Style Band Links.
- Watch Band
Screw Links: The best way to identify a
band with screw links is to look at the side of the band. If the links are
solid on one side with a hole on the other side with a screw head facing up
you are dealing with a screw pin and you should use this guide. Click here
to learn How
to Add Watch Band Screw Links.
- Pin and
Double Sleeve Links: A link with pin
and sleeve style attachment is pretty hard to identify but here is a good
tip: Look at the pins and if there is no specific marking to show which way
the pin should be removed and you can see a small metal ring around each end
of the pin within the link you probably have a pin and sleeve style link.
You may need an eye loupe to see the ring around the pin. Click here to
How to Add Pin and
Double Sleeve Style Band Links.
Expansion Band Links: You can recognize
an expansion band by its flexible and stretchy style, and you can identify a
U-clip style band by looking at the edge of the links. If you look at the
edge of the link and the two sides appear to be connected by solid vertical
bars, you are dealing with a U-clip style link. Click here to learn
Add U-Clip Style Expansion Band Links.
- Spring Bar
Links: Look at the inside of your watch
band, if there are no holes on the outside of the links, but the back of the
link has an arrow and a small window in it, you are probably dealing with a
watch band held together with spring bars. Click here to learn
Remove Spring Bar Style Band Links.
- Plate Pin
Expansion Band Links: You will
recognize an expansion band by its flexible and stretchy style, and you can
identify a plate pin style band by looking at the edge of the links. If you
look at the edge of the link and the two sides appear to be simply sitting
on top of each other, you are dealing with a plate pin style band. In
between the two big sides, you should be able to see a thin metal piece
above each of the bottom links. These bands might also have clasps
unlike your traditional expansion bands. Click here to learn
Add Plate Pin Style Expansion Band Links.
- Mesh Style Band 'Links': Mesh style metal
watch bands do not actually have links like other watch bands do. Instead
they are made of one solid, woven piece of metal. But, you can still adjust
them to make them fit you just right by adjusting the sliding style clasp on
the band. Click here to learn
How to Make a Mesh Style Metal Watch Band Longer.
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