I've tried 2 different stainless steel bands for my small round women's watch and the pins won't snap into place. I don't have any problems with my leather and silk bands. Is it my watch or the stainless bands?
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Turn the watch over and you will see that the band is attached to the watch with spring loaded pins. There is room to put a spring removal tool in the available slot and depress the spring which will allow you to twist the band away from the watch. Be careful to not loose the spring loaded pin as you may need it to install another band. Almost every watch uses this method of band removal. Those that don't usually have a long screw that is accessible from the side of the watch.
Most bracelet adjustments require a special tool that is only found in a jewelry store, or your watch can be shortened by the manufacturer. Many watches have pins that push out if you look on the back of the band there should be arrows the pins push in that direction if you have something small enough to fit it the hole, be very careful to put the pin back in the same way. Occasionally some watch bands are not pins they are screws and it can be very difficult to tell the difference between the two. If the watch band has a screw it requires a very small screwdriver and you must be careful NOT to strip the screwhead! You can also shorten some watches by just moving the pin in the band buckle if you have a small tool you should be able to do this yourself, BUT wear glasses because pins will spring out, keep pointed away from your face. Hope this helps!
Are you sure they are cotter pins? Sometimes they can be mistaken for screws and vice/versa. If they are cotter pins then you need to have a small "punch" tool and a hammer to tap it out. Be careful though because if its a different kind of pressure pin there can be tiny sleeves that put the pressure onto the band to hold it in place! Might want to take it to a reputable watch repair shop to save you the time and possible frustration of attempting an adjustment yourself!
Most watch pins go for an average of 5 to 10 dollars per pin. If the band is in good condition there is no need to replace it. Most invicta metal bands can retail from 35 dollars and up. We are located in the Holyoke Mall in Holyoke MA
Check the sides of watch band and you will see the pin ends. They are holding all links together. If there are arrows inside the watch band, they are pointing the way the pins must come out. To shorten the band you have to: Extract the pins. Take link(s) off. Join the rest of band together and drive pins back.
Alllways try screwdriver first. If the pin doesn'y come out when you unscrewing it, that means you have pins instead. Use small steel pin and hammer to drive the pins out. Make sure that the split end comes out of the hole first.
I have two tag 6000. one of the watch bands broke and I found a great fix. look on ebay for a rubber band called for rolex presidents. it fits the tag and the ribbing goes perfectly with the watch style. a easy and inexpensive fix, although you loose the stainless band...good luck