Many wristwatches come with readily adjustable straps made of leather or plastic with holes and clasps for easy adjustment of the size. Many designer brand watches and metal watch straps, on the other hand, require metal links' removal to adjust the size.
Look for the clasp. Pinch the straps from the grip equally until it's the right size. Ensure there are an equal amount of links to remove on both sides of the clasp. This ensures that the watch remains centred on the wristband. Make a list of how many links need to be removed from either side of the grip.
Prepare your tools. One or two push pins are required. These will be used to push the pins that connect the links out of their holes. To remove the pins, get a pair of needle-nosed pliers. A little jewellery hammer is also needed. Make sure you're working on a level surface with enough light. You must collect any pins you remove from the straps.
Place the watch face down on a flat surface. Allow 12 centimetres (0.2 inches) of space between the bottom of each removable link and the flat surface. Determine how many links you'll need to eliminate. Locate the pin that secures the last connection in place. This is where you will remove the links.
Get your pushpins. Use one pushpin to push out the pin holding the wristband link. Place the sharp end of the pushpin against the link pin's head. If it doesn't budge, pound the head of the pushpin into the hole for the link pin with your jewellery hammer. A small portion of the pushpin should now protrude from the link's other side. Use the hammer to drive the pushpin further to get more of the link pinout.
Using the pliers, remove the pin. To get the pinout, you'll have to pull hard. Once you've gotten enough of the link pin out of the hole on the other side of the wrist band to grab it, pull it out with the pliers. With the needle-nose pliers, grasp the pin's end tightly. Pull it out, and then you should remove the links you need from one side of the clasp now. Now you must repeat the technique on the opposite side of the wrist band.
Remove the clasp from the removed connection section. This is required to reattach it to your straps. Remove it using the same procedure you used to remove the links. To secure the clasp to the links you should use a pin. Using the hammer, pushpins, and pliers, remove it. You will now have to reattach the grip to the straps.
Attach the clasp back onto the straps. Line up the last link on one side of your wristband with the link on the grip. A precise hole should be visible, where a pin should be inserted to secure the clasp. Then, insert one of the pins you just removed into this hole. Except for the last small amount at the end, it should go most of the way in on its own. Using the hammer, gently pound the pin into the hole. Repeat this process on the other side of the clasp. Your straps are now adjusted and assembled.
Put the watch on. It should now fit comfortably without being excessively large or tiny. If your watch has been over-adjusted, consider adding a link to each side of the straps. Re-evaluate how many links need to be removed for the watch band to be tight and comfortable if you haven't already. Make sure the watch is comfortable by wearing it for a few days.