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Band Need to remove some links to shorten band can you help?

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  • Adidias Apr 16, 2008

    I bought my son a Fossil watch (FS4314), and I can't see how to remove some links of the band. Any help?

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If it not obvious how the hinge pins are removed, then I suggest that you go to a watch shop to do it for you.

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