Removing links from a Timex metal watch bracelet is key to adjusting the size. In this post, I’ll show you how the Timex Metal Watch Band Adjustment is done. This is particular to the T257719J & T271919J series of watches like these. The bracelet had no markings on it that I could find. See the photo below:
I’ve used the same process on both of these watches. The only thing that changes is where the arrow is embossed on the metal watch band links. Please review this entire Timex metal watch band adjustment procedure, including the photos, once or twice before starting. You might want to review my Casio procedure too.
Timex Metal Watch Band Adjustment
- 1/32 inch screwdriver or pin punch Screwdriver set
- #4 or #6 hex driver (any small, flat ended device) to push the pin in
- Thick cloth to protect the Timex metal watch band from the vice jaws; (I used a cotton wash cloth)
Before starting, approximate how many links you need to remove. In my case I could tell I needed at least 6 and possibly even 7 links out. You want to take out the links evenly from each of the sides so that the clasp and watch stay centered on the wrist. So in my wife’s case, that meant removing three metal watch bracelet links from each side of the watch.
1. Remove a pin from the clasp. Depress either end and then pivot it out of the clasp. The pin is spring-loaded and will shoot out so be careful. Set the pin aside so you don’t lose it. Be careful not to lose it. It is the leftmost pin in the below picture. The blue arrows are aligned with arrow on the band and how the pins come out/go in. The arrows need to be aligned. (The pin is upside down from how it came out of the timex metal watch band link in this photo)
This is necessary to allow you to put the Timex Metal watch band in the jaws of the vice.
2. Wrap the bracelet in the cloth and carefully clamp it in the vice with the arrow on the bracelet facing down. The arrow shows the direction to remove the pin. Each link has two pins. One pin is under the arrow, the other is parallel and adjacent to the arrow. Remove the pin under the arrow. The end of the pin that is aligned with the tip of the arrow appears as if it might be a screw. It is not a screw. The pin is more like a cotter pin than anything. We will be pushing it out.
3. Put the 1/32” screwdriver or pin punch in the end of the hole facing up. Using the heel of the palm of your hand tap down to push the pin out. Once it is free of the end, un-clamp it from the vice and carefully remove the pin and set it aside. Re-clamp the Timex metal watch band and remove another pin in the same manner. Set the link and pin aside. Note: you can try to remove the pins by simply using a firm downward pressure. I was able to remove two of four pins that way, but the other two didn’t want to budge and required the “tapping” described. You can see that I broke my 1/32″ screwdriver, but it is still very useful (if not better) for pushing out the watch band pins.
The photo on the right above gives you a size comparison of the timex metal watch bands (outside) and my Casio metal watch band. This is a top view.
4. NOTE: if removing links from both sides of the band, write down which end of the clasp goes on which side of the watch BEFORE removing them. (I wrote down Timex to 12) The clasp comes set up for the watch to be worn on the left wrist. If you want to wear it on your right wrist, you can swap the clasp ends on the bracelet.
Timex Metal Watch Band Adjustment -Re-assembly
1. Align the clasp end with the bracelet and carefully insert the pin. Round, closed end goes into the arrow tip. Gently push the pin in as far as it will go with your finger. About 1/16” or 1mm will be sticking out. Use the flat ended device to press it in. The pin will “snap” into position.
2. Repeat for the other end of the bracelet.
3. Re-insert the pin and attach the end of the bracelet to the clasp.
I hope this was helpful to you performing a Timex metal watch band adjustment. Please let me know if it was helpful or not in the comments below. Please let me know if you have any question about doing a Timex metal watch band adjustment.
Here is a link to Timex’s international website.