How To Resize a Watch and Remove Watch Links

By Dana Fox

This is probably going to be one of those things that you didn’t know you should know, until you need to know it. The lovely folks at JORD sent me this amazing wood watch (yes, it’s really wood!), but upon slipping it onto my teeny tiny wrist I knew I would need to re-size it. I obviously wanted to start wearing it right away and didn’t want to have to take it somewhere, so I decided to have a crack at it myself and it was SO EASY that I just had to put together this tutorial for you. Who knows, it may save you a few bucks in the future if you ever need a watch re-sized.

After doing a quick search online for “how to remove watch links”, I got the basics but noticed that there wasn’t really anything about watches with two screws in either end of the links. A lot of the time there will only be one screw, and one rounded end that looks like a pin head. I’ll tell you how to do both. The above photo is showing that both sides of the link have screws.

First, you’ll want to set your watch onto something soft, like a towel, so you don’t damage it somehow. You’ll need two tiny screwdrivers. Like the kind that you would use to repair eyeglasses. Mine came in a set and I believe you can pick one up at the dollar store. Place one screwdriver into one end and hold it still while you unscrew the other end. If your watch doesn’t have double screws, skip this step. Don’t remove the links closest to the closure latch! You’ll need those.

One of the ends will have this little screw pop out. You’ll be able to feel which end contains this screw as you’re turning it. Pop that little guy out and put it aside.

The other end is the pin. All you need to do is push your screwdriver through the opposite hole to push it out.

If your watch only has one screw, loosen it, then stand the links up so the screw side is facing down. Place your screwdriver in the top hole and whack it with something that won’t damage it, like a rubber handled screwdriver. Once the end pops out enough, you can grab it with some pliers and slide it out.

Remove the pin and the link will be free! Repeat this process if you need to continue removing links to make it fit. you can compare it to a watch that fits you, or just do like I did and keep trying it on.

Then you just need to put it back together. Line up the pin holes and slide the pin back in (you may need to knock it in a little)…

Put that little screw back in place….

and with one screwdriver, hold the pin in place while you screw it back in to tighten.

Save your removed links in case you ever need to replace them!

So now that that’s out of the way, can I tell you how much I love this watch? It’s so unique (and unisex!) and goes so well with my style. I love the natural feel and the fact that they are hand crafted from sustainable woods from all over the world. This one is the JORD Fieldcrest Series in Black. Have a peek at their site for more styles!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • #phoebe

    I was just about to buy a new watch, perfect timing! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Talisa Tossell

    I've never seen a wooden watch before, this looks beaut! It's a really hand tutorial too!

  • Victoria Reilly

    I cannot get over how stunning that watch is!

    Vickie xx | vickieblogs

  • NJCDesigns

    This is such a useful post, re-sizing watches can be so expensive if you get it done by somebody professionally. I am definitely going to give this a try.

  • Paulina @ Color Me Brave

    Great tips especially since I am looking for a watch to buy right now and I am thinking about getting it off ebay so it will not come sized for me.

  • Hanna Lei

    Great tip! I love the watch. –Hanna Lei

  • Emily B

    I'll keep this post in mind if I ever need to resize a watch. You have such lovely posts and that watch is so great! I want one…

  • Alisha

    Great tutorial, Dana!!
    I just started working at a jewelry store back in December, and I've learned so much about watches and other jewelry altogether it's insane. I can't believe there's so much that goes into taking care and repairing watches – changing out batteries, removing links, even changing out cracked crystals on the top of the watch face. Next up is ring sizing 😉

  • girlseeksplace

    I saw so many beautiful wooden watches in Hawaii last year. I wanted to buy one, but they are pricy.

  • Mary Bercasio

    Great tip! That watch is gorgeous x

  • Nina Zane

    Its a lovely watch, great tip :) xx

  • Kathrine B

    thanks for sharing! i also have tiny wrists and encounter this problem a lot when buying watches. usually i just have my dad fix it whenever i visit my parents, but i think doing it myself would probably be faster!

  • B

    This watch is fabulous!