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Re: Missing hinge pins
You will have to get a complete clasp assembly, which will have to be ordered from the factory that makes that model. If the clasp assembly is not available, A jeweler might have that part or be able to repair it for you.
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1 Determine the amount of links that need to be removed for the watch to fit on your arm correctly.
2 Find the tiny holes on each link. Most DKNY link wristwatches, such as the 3107 model, have holes at the links near the clasp.
3 Using the screwdriver, gently push the pin holding the link bar on the first link you want to remove. The link bar should come out on the other side.
4 Take the pliers and completely remove the link bar from the band. The link band will still be attached to the clasp. Remove the link with the pliers. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for each additional link you want to remove.
5 Gather the watch band and and bring the two sides back together. Join the link bar and the clasp together and, using the screwdriver, press the link bar back into the hole completely.
Hi, sizing the bracelet on your ceramic watch may void its warranty, making it ineligible to receive service from the manufacturer. If you want to keep your watch covered under warranty, contact your watch manufacturer for information on their customer repair service.
If you want to remove it yourself, you need a watch pin removal tool. You can use a watch pin removal tool to remove the link pins that secure the clasp pieces to your ceramic watch band.
But if you don't have a watch pin removal, follow the instruction below........
Find a clean, flat, well-lit work surface where you can size the bracelet of your ceramic watch. For best results, spread a soft optical cloth over your work surface and perform your repair on top of the cloth. The cloth will help prevent you from losing any small watch components, like link pins, that may be freed during repair.
Wrap the ceramic watch band around your wrist and count how many links overlap. Use this as a guideline for how many links should be removed. Note that the actual number of links to be removed may differ slightly from the original estimate. Remove excess links from your watch band one at a time to make sure that you don't end up accidentally making the band too short.
Remove the excess watch links from the ends of the band with the attached clasp pieces. Look between the removable ceramic watch links to locate the silicone connector pieces that join the links. Use a pair of small, pointed scissors to make a cut between the link and the silicone connector, this will free the excess links. Cut on the side of the link that faces the watch clasp. Repeat the process on the other side of the ceramic watch band.
Remove the clasp pieces from the ends of the removed watch links. Examine the clasp pieces to look for the metal pins that hold them in place. Push out the metal pins with a push pin to free the clasp pieces. You can now reattach them to the ends of your ceramic watch band.
Examine the newly-shortened ends of your ceramic watch band. Without the clasp in place the silicone connector pieces will be exposed. Note the two small puncture holes that go straight through the silicone connector. Insert the teeth of one of the clasp pieces through the holes in the silicone connector from the bottom. Fold over the other side of the clasp piece, reinsert the metal link pin and push the clasp to click it into place. Attach the second clasp piece to the other side of the watch band using the same procedure.
You should be able to get one at any merchandise store. Walmart target kmart jcpenny where ever. You might have to buy another cheap band the same size pin. If they won't sell you a pin unless you bought it there. I had that happen to me before
This band is put together with cotter pins. To remove the cotter pins
look at the edge of the band. The end of the pin that comes out is
split and looks like a screw. The end that is solid is the end you want
to push from. Use a small punch to push the pin out. The split end is
the bigger end of the cotter pin so it needs to come out and go back in
the same way it came out. Make sure you remove an even number of links
on each side so the watch sits on the wrist the right way. You also
have a micro adjustment on the clasp. To adjust the clasp simply use a
punch to press the spring bar in the clasp in until it moves. This is a
spring bar so be careful it doesnt jump out if the clasp comes apart.
The ladies Relic used two different link systems. The easiest is the easy link system. This is a series of links that are put together with clasps. Simply undo the clasp of the number of links to remove. Its like a series of buckles. The second is a cotter pin or tension pin. You will need to push the pins out from the right end with a narrow punch. To tell the right end of a cotter pin look for the split at one end that makes it look like a screw. The opposite end will be smooth. The smooth end is the end you place your punch on and push the cotter pin out. To tell the right end of the tension pin look for the end that looks the snuggest and possibly has a dimple. The opposite end will look smaller in diameter. The smaller end is where you will place your punch to push out the pin.
Although this can be easy i always recommend going to a qualified watch maker/technician to insure you do not damage the band when removing the link.
This band is put together with cotter pins. To remove the cotter pins look at the edge of the band. The end of the pin that comes out is split and looks like a screw. The end that is solid is the end you want to push from. Use a small punch to push the pin out. The split end is the bigger end of the cotter pin so it needs to come out and go back in the same way it came out. Make sure you remove an even number of links on each side so the watch sits on the wrist the right way. You also have a micro adjustment on the clasp. To adjust the clasp simply use a punch to press the spring bar in the clasp in until it moves. This is a spring bar so be careful it doesnt jump out if the clasp comes apart.
Ok, so if you are like me then you probably thought removing the three tiny screws from either side of the strap, and cutting segments of the strap and re-screwing the clasps back was going to do it. Unfortunately one realises that the clasps do not slacken to let the rubber straps out even after the screws are off. The critical point is to get the side pins out which is no simple feat. Getting the pins out releases the clasps and the rubber strap.
To get the pins out, use a wire cutter to cut down a paper clip to a length of 1 .5 cms or so. Hold this with a pair of tweezers along the axis of the pins while you hammer down in the direction of the small arrow inscribed on the metal clasp. With persistence a part of the pin comes out from the other end and you can then pull it out completely with a pair of pliers.
Removing the two pins with release the ends of the rubber straps. cut away segments as required while trying on so that you dont cut too many. Make sure you cut the same number of segments on each side. I had to cut three from each side since I have very thin wrists.
Now put the rubber strap back hold the clasps in position and push the pin back in place. Put the screws back and you should be in business.
It sounds complicated but is quite simple if someone shows you how....which I hope I have been able to.
Best thing to do is to go to a watch repair, the cost should be no more that $10 to fix. The cost far outweighs the frustration of finding something to put the hole to repair without breaking clasp. Look around, if you cant find a repair service let me know and I'll help you make a pin for your watch. Good luck!!!