How do i shorten a Casio Protrek titanium band
On my new ProTrek PRW-3000T, there are the small collars which douglasjryan describes. Looking closely at them, I believe that they are not directional (you can re-insert them either way, which is convenient, because they do tend to come flying out at unexpected moments after you've removed a pin). Neither are the pins directional, as far as I can tell. (I think it is this clever and easy to use, and probably more durable, collar design, which eliminates the need for the split-end fragile pins of the past).
I was able to do everything with only hand strength, a very small jewellers' screwdriver to act as the pin pusher, the requisite needlenose pliers to pull the pins out once the pin pusher has extended the pin end by 2-3mm from the bracelet link, and an old toothbrush (great idea, Arturs Kalnins, thanks!) handle to push the pins back in.
To amplify Arturs Kalnins' admonition - the pins go back in following the same direction they came out. That is to say, you push from the edge of the bracelet link which has the arrow etched in it to get the pin out, and you put the pin back in starting from that same edge of the bracelet link which has the arrow etched in it.
A note about pushing the pins back in. Although they seem to be stronger than the pins of the past, you still would not want to apply a sideways force to them. So, start inserting the pin back in with fingers, or using the needlenose pliers gently, to get the end of the pin inserted through the first edge of the bracelet link and into the collar, then continue gently pushing, being quite careful to push only straight (this is particularly important if using a toothbrush handle) until the pin is pushed through the collar and into the centre section of the bracelet link. Before trying to force the pin the last few millimetres, make sure that the bracelet links are lined up - if you are using only hand strength as I did, instead of a bracelet holder, it is easy for the pin to be inserted through one edge, through the collar, through the centre of the link, and to have the band slightly twisted so that the other edge of the link is not lined up with the pin hole. Once the links are aligned, continue pushing with the toothbrush handle to sink the pin the rest of the way.
I found that the end of the toothbrush (at least, the old one that I used, which has a rounded end) makes a convenient pusher for the last fraction of a millimetre to get the pin end flush with the bracelet link edge.
Thanks everyone, you made the process of sizing my watch band (I had to remove four links) quick and easy!
on Mar 21, 2014