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How to Remove Links on Your Watch Strap: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Remove Links on Your Watch Strap: A Step-by-Step Guide
One of the most common issues that watch wearers face is a strap that doesn't fit properly. If your watch strap is too loose, it can slide around on your wrist, and if it's too tight, it can be uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, many watch straps can be adjusted by removing links. In this post, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to remove links on your watch strap.

Tools You'll Need:

To remove links from your watch strap, you'll need a few tools:

A small screwdriver (usually included with your watch)

A watch link remover tool (available at most watch stores or online)

A pair of pliers (optional)

Step 1: Determine How Many Links to Remove

The first step in removing links from your watch strap is to determine how many links need to be removed. You can do this by trying on the watch and determining how loose or tight it feels. If the watch is too loose, you'll need to remove one or more links. If it's too tight, you may need to add links instead.

Step 2: Locate the Link Pins

Next, locate the link pins that hold the links together. These are small metal pins that fit into the holes on the sides of the links. They may be held in place with screws or simply by friction.

Step 3: Remove the Link Pins

Using the small screwdriver, carefully unscrew the screws that hold the link pins in place. If your watch doesn't have screws, you can use the watch link remover tool to push the pins out. Place the watch strap in the link remover tool and align the tool with the link pin. Use the tool to push the pin out of the link.

Step 4: Remove the Links

Once the link pins are removed, the links should be easy to separate. Simply slide the links apart and remove the link(s) that you need to take out. If you need to remove more than one link, repeat steps 2-4 until you've removed the desired number of links.

Step 5: Reattach the Links

Once you've removed the desired number of links, it's time to reattach the remaining links. To do this, align the links and insert the link pin into the holes on either side of the links. If your watch uses screws to hold the link pins in place, carefully insert the screws and tighten them using the small screwdriver.

Step 6: Adjust the Strap Length

After you've reattached the links, try on the watch to ensure that it fits properly. If it's still too loose or too tight, you may need to remove or add more links until you find the right fit.


Removing links from your watch strap can be a simple and effective way to ensure that your watch fits properly and is comfortable to wear. With a few basic tools and some patience, you can easily remove links from most watch straps. If you're unsure about how to remove links or you're uncomfortable working on your watch, it's always best to take it to a professional watch repair service for assistance.