How to Adjust a Watch Band

A majority of metal watch bands have a few standard lengths that they come in, and since people’s wrists are different sizes it is a good chance your first metal watch band will be too long. Since a majority of watch bands have various ways in which they are held together, you can’t adjust all watches the same way, so below is a list of different ones so you can learn how to adjust your own watch band.

Watch Band Identification

  • How to adjust the watch band

    How to adjust the watch band

    Cotter Pin Links – you can tell a band that is held together by cotter pins by looking at the edges of the band. If there is a smooth pin end on one side and the other end has a very thing groove over the top, you’ll likely dealing with a cotter pin. These pins have arrows that mark the way they should be removed from the band.

  • T-Bar Style Links – these pins can be identified by looking at the back of the band. If they have oval shaped cutouts on the back with arrows that point toward them, your likely have a watch with T-bar pins to hold it together.
  • Watch Band Screw Links – look at the side of the band to identify these links. If the links are solid on one side while the other side has a hole with a screw head that faces up, you have a screw pin band.
  • Pin and Double Sleeve Links – these types of links are fairly hard to identify. Look at the pins, and you see no specific marking to show the way the pin needs to be removed, you’ll see a small metal ring around both ends of the pin in the link you likely have a pin and sleeve style link.
  • U-Clip Expansion Band Links – these bands are stretchy and flexible, and you can see the U-clip style band by looking at the links’ edges. If there are two sides that look like they are connected by solid vertical bars, you’re dealing with a U-clip style link.
  • Spring Bar Links – check inside your watch band, and if it is without holes on the outside of the links, but the back of the link has a small window and arrow in it, you likely have a watch band that is held together with spring bars.
  • Plate Pin Expansion Band Links – this band also has a stretchy and flexible style, and you can see a plate pin band style by looking at the edges. If the edge has two sides look to be just sitting on top of each other, you have a plate pin style band. Between the two big sides, you’ll see a thin piece of metal above each of the links on the bottom. These bands could have clasps as well, unlike traditional expansion bands.
  • Mesh Style Band Links – these bands don’t have actual links like other bands do. They are instead made of one woven, solid piece of metal. You can still, however, adjust them to make them fit you correctly by taking the sliding style clasp found on the band and adjusting it.