Question about Kenneth Cole KC1178 Wrist Watch
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First you have to find out what sort of pins or even screws are used to keep links together.
Examine both bracelet sides and find the side where pin ends have a groove.
Start with a tiny screwdriver and start to unscrew one of the screws. If it turns, but doesn't come out, that means you have a pins instead.
For removing pins the best would be pin removing tool (approx.5GBP on ebay), but it's possible to do the job without it.
Take a hardened steel needle and blunt the sharp end to the approx. size of pin end diameter using any sharpening stone or sandpaper. Get an old towel and fold it to make a soft base for work (like small cusion). As you don't have a special bracelet holder you will need a pair of helping hands to hold the bracelet steady upright. You will need small hammer and pair of flat nose pliers as well.
NOTE: The pins MUST be driven split end out first, not vice versa. Make sure that the grooved pin ends are facing towel, not the needle and hammer!!!
Now place the watch on the folded towel, take that needle and smallest hammer you have and start driving the pin out using light blows. Do Not hit hard, as you will brake the needle, scratch your watch or even injure yourself. Watchmakers are using 45 gram hammer, so, calculate your strength of blows.
After a few blows check if the split end is coming out and when you see that the end is long enough to grab it with pliers, pull the pin out with pliers. When pulling, do NOT turn pliers, as pins tend to brake when twisted. Use firm grip and your strength to pull the pin without twisting.
After shortening the bracelet,make sure that the pins go back EXACTLY the same way as they came out- the blunt end first in the hole and the split (grooved) end last. Before doing that check remaining pins in bracelet to make sure that you put them back from the right side of bracelet.
It is recommended to use plastic hammer to drive pins back in or you will scratch or damage bracelet. If plastic hammer is not available use an old toothbrush handle (or some plastic item) as an absorber. Simply put pin into the hole as deep as you can with your fingers, put the toothbrush handle on split pin end and hit handle, not the pin.
Make sure that pin ends are flush with bracelet. If needed- hit few more times.
Hope it'll help.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
I couldn't find any instructions for your watch but my wife has a similar one and it goes something like this.
There are two recessed buttons which need to be operated by a thin probe.
One of them is a "mode" button which changes the operation from normal to setting mode.
When you have pressed the mode button you should see the "hours" flashing use the other button to change the time (there may be two buttons, one up and the other down), when you ahve the right hour press the mode button again and the minutes will flash. Adjust as for the hours and when all is OK, press the mode button again to return to normal operations.
Good luck, have patience!
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
I suggest you contact the maker by going to their web site http://www.genevawatchgroup.com/ (this is the maker) and speaking to them. You are not the first to have this kind of problem and they should be able to sort it out for you.
Posted on Jul 15, 2010
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