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Trying to remove links on a fossil watch w/arrrows pointing out

I am trying to remove links.... I have arrows pointing outward and the pins do not push in.... What to do???

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Are you pushing the links in the same direction as the arrow is pointing? If so, are you using a tool specifically made for removing watch links? If the answer to both of the above is "yes" then look closely at your watch. The pin will look different on both sides. One side will look like the head of a "screw" and the other will look rounded and just come to a point. You always want to use the watch link remover tool on the ROUNDED end and push the "screw" looking end out. It could be that your watch was assembled w/the pin facing the wrong direction.

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  • Turn your watch on its side so the links are vertical. On the inside of the links closest to the clasp you can see arrows, which point in the direction that the pins must be pushed out. Only about four links on either side of the clasp have arrows, because these are the only links with removable pins. On the edge of the links on the opposite end from where the arrow is pointing you will see a small circle where the pin is inserted.

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