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Removing links How do I remove the links on my watch? I notice only certain links have arrows. What are the arrows for? my fossil watch band links have 2 arrows in opposite directions on either side of each link. can the pins be pressed out in either direction or do the links have to be dissasembled? or if you know what to do please tell me! i just got the damn thing for christmas and its to big.

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Re: removing links

Look at the arrows, then get a thumbtack and a small hammer and a thick cloth. then put the pin in according to the arrows. start tapping it with a hammer, dont tap it all the way out, just enough so you can pull it out with a pair of pliers.hope this helps!

Posted on Jan 17, 2011

Re: removing links

Joshua and Guest, go to this link and your solution will be explained:

A paper clip really isn't the proper tool and you can damage the watch if you don't have the proper tools. They sell special link removing tools at a jewelry tool supply house but you should just bring the watch back to where it was purchased and they will size the watch for you for free.
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Re: removing links

Take it to a jewellers!!!! xx

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