Manual for shortening the wristbands of watches
The shortening of wristbands is easy and explained understandingly.
The corresponding tools are listed in our shop under the heading of accessories
Please find below several examples of how to shorten or adjust a wristband on your own by using tools from your housekeeping. Please note that we cannot be liable for any damages.
Tip: The easiest way to shorten the wristband to the correct length is to use the wristband from your old watch as a sample; wristbands with folding clasps need to be separated from the watchcase.
Watch-wristbands with slides
1.) Take a small slotted screwdriver or the like and put it in the cut-out of the slide-flap. Press the screwdriver down, while the leverage has to be directly on the bar of the flap. When putting the leverage to the bar, which is used for hooking the upper part of the wristband, the bar can be bent.
2.) After disconnecting the flap, you can adjust the slide to the desired length. Some wristbands have slots on the back, in which the slide has to be fixed before closing the flap.
3.) Press the flap down again. Please make sure, that the flap is closed completely. In case of malfunction, the slide is not locked in the slot on the backside of the wristband.
Watch-wristbands with splints
In order to avoid any damage of the wristband, you first need to find out the direction for removing the splint (hit-direction). Please see the marking (pointing arrows) on the back of the wristbands. Now, please get prepared with tools like a flat and tapered steel nail, a gripper, a hammer and two flat wooden strips or likely. Alternatively, you can purchase a Wristband-Shortening-Tool. Please measure and count the quantity of band-links you like to remove and continue as follows:
1.) Put the edge of the wristband on the wooden strips so as to avoid damages of the underground when removing the splint and to have no resistance when hitting the splint. Pull off the sticking out part of the splint with a gripper. Please keep in mind how the splint was fixed and how it has to be re-fixed (hit-direction). Please proceed with the next splints in the same way and remove the band-links.
2.) Assemble both parts of the wristband and fix them between your thumb and forefinger. First plug in the splint with the rounded side and press it into the wristband. Then put the edge of the wristband on the wooden strip and hit the sticking out part of the splint with the hammer back in. To avoid damages of the wristband, it is advisable to use a cloth.
3.) Keep the removed band links save.
Fine adjustment – wristband shortening and extension by a folding clasp
After the shortening of the wristband, a fine adjustment is mostly necessary to fit the watch to your arm at the best. Therefore you simply need a needle or a nail and a little slotted screwdriver.
1.) 1.) Open up the folding clasp and lay the watch aside.
2.) 2.) Press down the spring bar with a tapered tool (like shown in the picture) and tilt out the wristband. Adjust the wristband according to your needs and put in the spring bar by using the screw driver – first bottom and then top. Check carefully the fit of the spring bar. In case it is mounted incorrectly, the watch can fall down and get damaged. Tip: On this occasion you should clean up the folding clasp.
Shortening of wristbands with L-Splints
The shortening of wristbands with L-splints is a little more complicated, because not every house-keeping includes the necessary tools and the removal of the splints needs very much effort. Get prepared with a hammer, a little flat nose pliers and a tapered through-put tool. Measure the length of the band link, which you wish to remove.
1.) On the backside of the wristband are inserted holes, which are half-filled with the top of the splint. Put a tapered tool in the other, free half of the hole and try to push out the splint in direction of the arrow by pressure and leverage. As soon as the splint digs out, take little flat nose pliers and pull out the splint. Some wristbands may already loosen. But most of the wristbands come with a little clip, which holds the band links together. You can break this connection by bending the band in a 90 degree angel and unhooking it. Please keep in mind how the splint has to be re-fixed.
2.) After the removal of the unnecessary band links, hook in the remaining band in a 90 degree angel and lay it down flat in front of you. Insert the L-splint and push it back. Put the wrist on its edge and hit the last piece of the splint back in with a small hammer.