In this Instructable, I will show you how to adjust a stretch watch band by removing links. If you have an old watch band to take parts from, a variation of this process may be used to insert links as well. Also if your band is broken, this Instructable will illustrate how to uncover and replace the components that have failed.
Let's get started!
Step 1: What You Will Need and Background
1. The watch which you will working on
2. Safety glasses
3. Precision screwdriver or equivalent prying tool
4. Needle nose pliers
See the photo below for the tools which I used to carry out this project.
For simplicity and to obtain good pictures I removed the band from the watch movement in this Instructable. However this is not necessary, and you may leave the band attached to the movement.
Metal stretch bands are preferred for watches because they make a watch very easy to take on and off. This is made possible by joining leaf spring cartridges together with small staples. When the band is stretched, these small metal staples rotate and press against the leaf spring creating a restoring force that returns the band to its contracted position when you let go. The inner spring cartridges usually rest directly against the skin, and to increase cosmetic appeal, the outer spring cartridges are covered with a stamped piece of metal,and may be plated. Pictures of the cosmetic cover piece (outside of the band) and staple are provided in Step 2 and Step 3 respectively.