Question about Casio AW81 7 Data Bank World Time Watch
Hi I'm trying to remove some links for the bracelet of a Casio watch (Marine Gear model). I think the links are joined by screws instead of pins. For each link, there is an arrow at the back of the link pointing to the edge, and I can see a flat screw head. The screw head slot is so shallow that I can't unscrew it with a watch screwdriver. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Peter
Thanks for all the great help; I found BPBB's photo especially useful,
so here's one I took of a variation on the design, the bracelet of a
Canon WV59DA-1AV WaveCeptor. You remove the pin the same way--I just
put a small jeweler's screwdriver in the hole above the arrow and
pushed forward, hard--but even after the pin's out the links are still
firmly connected. You have to bend the link *next to* the de-pinned
link up at almost a right angle. Then it will snap free (you may hear
a little click) and can be slid over to the central opening and out.
Also, if your wrist is just a bit chubbier or thinner than an exact
number of links, the bracelet clasp has an adjustment using a standard
spring-loaded pin (same kind as those used to attach the bracelet to
the watch body) which allows an approximate half-link adjustment.
Posted on Feb 16, 2008
I just went through the same problem.
What you need is a 1mm pin and a light hammer.
Just knock the pin out in the same direction as the arrow.
Reverse the process to install
Posted on Dec 07, 2007
On the band there is a small dot in a gap opposite the small arrow on the inside of the band. Insert a small screwdriver into the slot and push the small dot toward the outside of the band. See the image below.
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
If you only need to shorten the band slightly, there is adjustment built into the clasp.There is a series of holes on the part that says "Seiko". You can enlarge the band by 1/8 inch, or shorten it in increments of 1/8 inch by using a safety pin to poke the spring-loaded watch pin through the hole in the edge of the clasp. Careful, it may spring out as you twist the band and remove it from the clasp. Just move the band pin to another hole, compress the pin, and snap it back in.
I needed more adjustment and Solution #2 (above) worked for me. There is a u-shaped opening in the link to the left of the arrow. In that opening you can see the "pin" which is actually an L-shaped flat piece of metal (you can see the edge of it in the edge of the band.) On the pin, next to the arrow, there is a raised dot that holds the pin in, and a recessed dimple.
I used the corner of a small flat blade screwdriver (safer than an ice pick if it slips) to push the pin in the direction of the arrow. It took a fair amount of pressure, but once you have the confidence that you're doing the right thing, it comes out easily enough. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the pin entirely after I got it started (safer than pushing).
After you get the pin out, one link unhooks from the next.
Repeat the process on the adjacent link with an arrow, remove an entire link, hook the remaining ends together, and reinsert a pin.
Save the link and pin for later. I got fat once, and had to put it back in!
Posted on Dec 15, 2007
You have to push down REALLY HARD under the little bump that looks like a ball. Don't push ON IT, push right below it and out (in the direction of the arrow). Once you got the top out a little, you can put in the small screwdriver in the small groove and pull it out. If you are clumsy... :) you might want to have some kind of protection (cloth or heavy rubber gloves) just in case the screwdriver slides and goes in your finger.
Posted on Feb 29, 2008
I found solution 2 extremely helpful and the hints on solution 6 helped me to fine tune the fitting. As I didn't have the 1mm punchole or a small enough screwdriver tip, I used a thumbtack with a plastic tip - cut off the sharp point of the tack using wire cutters ( but you could file it down with a file) and a regular claw hammer. Used the hammer to tap ( a little harder than was probably necessary) and the pin came out. On the first link I ended up using a needle nose plier to pull the rest of the pin out. The second one I tapped hard enough and it just popped out the end.
Posted on Dec 25, 2007
Yes you need to push the pins out with a small screw driver (I just did it) pictures are on some guys site; http://www.schlatter.org/watchband.htm
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
This is tricky! You may be better to have a jeweler do it? Pay him $10 and avoid possible problems? However, if it's what I think it is, you must insert a tiny pin/awl/screw driver/ push pin/whatever into the slot, push down and in the direction of the arrow. The pins are slightly tapered to my knowledge. Good luck!
Posted on Oct 26, 2007
A pic isworth a lot of explanation. This shows the link bar removed. The trick toremove it is to use the corner of a small screwdriver or something else made ofsteel - 1mm in diameter, to insert into the notch just below the dimple. Then leverupwards bit by bit in the direction of the arrow... it is a pretty tight fit.Once it has moved, use pliers to extract it upwards. The pic shows the link tothe left, with the bar just levered up ready for extraction. At first Iwas trying to push the dimple down and of course that has no effect in movingthe bar.
Posted on Nov 26, 2010
After reading the suggestions which were helpful, I still couldn't get the pin past the edge. I ended up using the flathead mini screwdriver from an eyeglass kit. I didn't press the button. I put the edge of the screwdriver under the button and pushed it out. The pin came out in 5 seconds. Then I moved the links with the arrow back and forth and it came off with ease. I did the rest in a matter of minutes. The eyeglass screwdriver is the best!
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
Hi. I've just bought a Casio Tough Solar Wave Ceptor and was stumped until reading the early solutions here. My bracelet simply has pins with one slightly enlarged end. I was able to push these out using only a small bradawl from a cheap screwdriver tool kit and a couple of pieces of scrap wood to support the bracelet whilst pushing the pins out in the direction of the arrows.I did not need any other tools. When pushing them back after removing the surplus links a slight click or pop lets you know they are firmly back in place. Whole job done in less than 5 mins. Thanks to those who gave me the guidance.
Posted on May 02, 2010
The Best Solution and #16 was closest to my band, but this advice applys to all. The problem was finding a tool to fit the tiny holes and a paper clip's steel is too soft and my jewelers screwdrivers are expensive and didn't produce results without risk of breaking them or damaging them when more force was needed. SOLUTION: Find a common drywall screw! I used a 2-1/2 inch one for more leverage and it worked instantly using the method here and great photos!(Thanks guys!) I also used a common Sears set of pliers and gently pulled it out the rest of the slot, mine came all the way out. They all went back in with care of course and in two more minutes I had done 3 more. I balanced the watch so it faces me better by removing the link from the part of the band that faces my body when in viewing position, otherwise the watch face is slightly facing away from you even though the band fits. Great site here! thanks again. V
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
Casio use a variety of different bracelets, and this answer is specifically for Peter's problem. Peter - these shallow screw heads aren't screws at all. In fact they're the ends of split pins, and you can tap them out using a light hammer and a thin punch of some kind (a jeweller's screwdriver or a bent paper clip would do, but neither of these are the right tool for the job).
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
I read all solutions but couldn't find an appropriate "tool"-searched in kitchen drawes & found a corn on cob holder (the one with two metal prongs and plastic handle), may sound odd but once prongs seperated wide enough fitted perfectly & the little corn handle gave protection to hand when pushing pin out! didn't been to tap with anything and pulled out easily with fingers. Just paid £7.50 to have two links removed (husband decided needed a further one out when got back), if only i'd read this first!
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
There are many varieties of the Marine Gear, if I was sure which one you had I could offer a better suggestion, however I do not. I see that you say there are arrows pointing to one end, and that you see what you think is a flat head screw, this is still likely a pin ...think of it as a very tiny bobby pin and the ends are compressed so much that it could appear like that of a flat head screw. There are special tools that would better aid you that a jeweler would use, however if you really want to do it yourself, find a blunt but very thin metal instrument and put it in the end that is OPPOSITE of the one you think has the flat head, and with a very small tack hammer gently tap that end and if the pin moves out a little bit you can grab it with a pair of pliers. I see that this question has been out there for a very long time and may have already been resolved, however if not, let me know and I can further assist you with the procedure of making the band smaller.
Posted on Dec 01, 2007
Just push down on the bit that is embossed. then pull the way that the arrow shows. That'll solve your problem. Used this this evening. Thanks for posting. It was a quick reminder of what took me 30 mins to figure out by myself last year.
Posted on Aug 16, 2009
Solution 8 worked for me! I have a casio 2925. I was pushing, hammering etc. etc. But what worked fr me was nut pushing on the button but creating a momentum on the little edge with a small screwdriver.
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
All of the solutions presented were most helpful. However, I took my Casio watch to a local jeweler who removed the links necessary for a total sum of $9.95. To me, that is the way to go.
Posted on Jul 31, 2008
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Posted on Jun 24, 2008
Here's a 3-step photo sample. Hope this helps.
I used a small precision screwdriver, tapped the button out with a tack hammer, them pulled the reso of the link out with needlenose pliers.
Posted on May 03, 2008
Here is a three-step suggestion:
Posted on May 03, 2008
Yes great this helped me sort out my CAsio WVA 107HDU 1AVER
witha strong pin and pliers its easy
Posted on Apr 10, 2008
SKX175 watch band shows arrow (direction) the pin pushes out. Pin is designed like a womans hair bobby pin. The open end is at the bottom also retains the pin. Use a pointed object like an ice pick and push the rounded top of the pin (recessed in the band link) down in the direction of the arrow till it pops out. Reverse the procedure to reinstall. Tap the open end of the pin smartly to lock it in the link. The open end of the pin should be flush with the side of the link.
Posted on Nov 20, 2007
I have a Casio 3319, and nothing is working for me. I am pushing so hard on the pin (and not on the flathead screw looking side as mentioned) in the direction of the arrow, that my hand hurts. And NOTHING is happening. Tomorrow I'm taking it back and getting another brand! Casio screwed up.
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
#2 did the job for me. Thanks so much. I got a beautiful watch for Christmas and now I can wear it.
Posted on Dec 26, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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