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You need to remove the push in pins. Use a small pin or dull needle that fits the holes size. Push on the pins to remove and push them back in to reconnect. They can be in fairly tight so be careful. It can also be hard to push them back in as well. They usually only go in one way, just in case, pay attention to how they are oriented when you remove the, so they go back in the same way. See image attached. Remove as many links as you need, to get the size you want.
The best way would be to buy an inexpensive leather 'punch' at an arts and crafts store.
They aren't expensive (Asian stuff) and have 5-6 punches of different sizes on a rotating drum and produce a clean hole.
I've found other uses for them as well.
Put the watch face down and examine the point where the band is connected to the watch case. you will find two holes and through them you will see sprinbar ends insertyed into watch case lugs. Take the tiny screwdriver and push the springbar end inwards,then do the same at the other lug reaching them through those holes. Then repeat the same at the other end of the band. Measure the distance between watch case lugs- this will be exact size for your new leather band.
The only place you can get them is at a watchrepair. Sometimes I have found wierd sized link holes and have had to make my own pins. I just take a small nail and file it to the size I need. If you have a dremmil tool with a sandpaper attachment it is so much easier! Take a nail that is a little bit longer than the link is and sand down in a slow graduating cone shape, make sure to top of the nail is a little bit wider than the hole on the top of the link. Once you have that , put the smaller end in the link , line up the other link so that the pin goes into both links , and then tap it in. The pin should go into the bottom of the links. It might be good to do this on a piece of wood so that if the pin goes a little through the bottom, you don't damage anything. Try to make the pin as tight as you can, and than file (or dremmil) the top and bottom to the links size. If you still have problems please let me know, and maybe I can help you further. Good luck!!!!!