Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tag Heuer Link Bracelet Adjustment

My wife got me a Tag Heuer Link watch for our wedding anniversary.

Of course the metal bracelet/band needed adjustment for my chicken wrist.  I thought of taking it to a jeweler but decided I could probably save myself the time and do it myself.  I like being independent and not counting on others for jobs/tasks I can do myself.  Additionally it gave me the opportunity to examine how the bracelet was put together.

I've previously adjusted watch bracelets on my Seiko and Movado ESQ watches.  I've also replaced the batteries in many different watches so I'm not a novice to working with them.   There are plenty of watch tools, parts and batteries available online for those willing to dabble.

My first course of action in such a situation is to check the 'Net to see if someone else had already documented the process.  This is a good website documenting resizing of common watch bracelets.

However I couldn't find any useful information specific to the Tag Heuer Link bracelet, although I found plenty asking how to do it.  Maybe people who own Tag Heuer watches aren't the kind who adjust their own watch bracelets.

I did find a message thread where the person claimed the jeweler he had taken the watch to to have the band adjusted didn't know how to do it. This cemented my decision to have a go at adjusting the bracelet myself.  That, and the potential fame of documenting the process here for the world!

The bracelet appears to have lots of pin ends and spots to push on, so I tried doing that (gently of course) until I discovered the pins I needed to remove to adjust the bracelet.

It's a really elegant and ingenious design for the band.  It's also quite simple.

Now here's my disclaimer:  If you aren't comfortable with working with delicate items or aren't handy or coordinated then don't try this!  The bracelet itself is a bit wiggly and thus hard to handle.

If you mess up you can potentially void the warranty on the band and/or watch, so be careful and proceed at your own risk! I accept no responsibility if you wreck your watch or band following my instructions!

You should work on a soft surface whenever possible and use care not to scratch the crystal (face of the watch).

The bracelet is put together in such a way that in order to adjust its length you only need to remove two link pins, one on each side of the clasp.  (They are labeled "Link Pin 1" and "Link Pin 2" in the following photo.  Note:  if you click on the photos you can view larger images.)



These pins need to be pressed out with either a Watch Link Pin Removal Tool (the proper way to do it) or a sturdy small diameter round pin of some sort (I used a fine jeweler's screwdriver tip) and small hammer.  I used the latter, carefully tapping out the pin until I could grab it with a small needle nose pliers and pull it the rest of the way out. If the pin doesn't want to move, try pushing it out from the opposite side.



The link pin itself has an indentation nearer to one end than the other.  When you replace the pin you want to have this indentation furthest from the end being pushed into the bracelet as this indentation "locks" the pin into the sleeve.

You want to remove an equal number of links from both sides of the clasp to fit.

Once the link pin is out, you will see that each link in the bracelet is comprised of two halves.  A sleeve aligns the two halves at the top on the link attached to the clasp, and one half is screwed to the next link.  The other loose half simply slips onto the protruding screw head and sleeve (it will only assemble one way).







To remove a link, after removing the loose half, you need to remove the screw holding the other half onto the next link.  Once that is done you can slip the second half of the link off.  All the links are assembled the same way.



Also note that the links are assembled on the bracelet alternately with chrome and matte finishes, so make sure the links alternate properly and that both halves of each link are the same finish.

Once you have removed enough links from each side, you need to reassemble the bracelet to the clasp.  The buckle (clasp latch) goes on the six o'clock side of the watch.  Don't forget to replace the short sleeve in top end of the last link before putting in the link pin!



There is also a short spring bar/pin that fits in one of three holes on one side of the clasp assembly (shown in the middle of the following photo).  This spring pin can be used for fine adjustment of the bracelet length.



Don't forget to store the spare links/parts in the event you sell or give the watch to someone else.  I saved my watchbox so the extra links went into a little ziplock in the box.

106 comments:

  1. Hey,

    I just bought a watch on ebay that
    is too big and needs to be adjusted.
    I was thinking that maybe you could
    adjust it for me!

    Julie

    the groomer at Kim's place!

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  2. Hi there,

    I got my watchband adjusted.
    thanks anyway! I was impressed
    by your quick response to help out!
    Kim has told me about her jeweler in
    Northfield and I will go there from
    now on. I in fact called them today and
    am ordering my Christmas present. Kim and
    I both know that sometimes when you want
    that special gift you have to pick it out
    yourself! Now, remember there is a Birthday
    just around the corner and you will have a
    opportunity to make up for that forgotten
    Anniversary! Have a great day!

    Julie

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  3. Hello RuralGeek,
    How are you? I bought a beautiful womans Tag Heuer WJ1318.BA0572 off ebay. However, the band was too big for my wife. After visiting 3 jewelers, one being an authorized Tag Heuer dealer, and all telling me they were not equiped to remove links and resize the band I was at a loss. The authorized dealer told me I would have to send the watch into Tag Heuer and that would require 6 - 8 week before I would get it back.
    I have always changed bands in my Seiko's and with your direction I don't see this being more then a 30 minute job on the Tag Heuer. I am grateful. Thank You!

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  4. Ruralgeek,

    Like to thank you so much for your really helpful article. Like yourself I like to do stuff myself and especially adjusting watch bracelets since I am a watch collector and $20 band adjustments add up quickly when you have a huge stock. I've been adjusting pretty challenging bands in the past and when I saw the band of my first and new Tag Link watch I was quite confused like yourself and started pressing those dots. To my dismay, I was about ready to give up and pay the piper but a quick search brought me to your wonderful site and I was able to quickly adjust the Link bracelet in less than five minutes. Thanks!

    Simone

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  5. I got a TH for Christmas from the United States (I'm from Europe), and all local watchers told me it was impossible to adjust this bracelet.

    THANKS A LOT.

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  6. Hi, this has been SOOOOOO helpful, three jewelers are telling me that they do not know to remove links. Your pictures are great but I cannot read the comments you have on each. Could you send me the pictures to my email address. I thought I was going to have to put my tag in the drawer never to be worn. If youcould send me the pictures so I can see your comments, that would be great. THanks in advance, patti

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  7. Patti,

    If you click on the pictures in the blog entry it will display larger versions of the photos that you should be able to read.

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  8. Have read your advice with interest. Have encountered similar problems to others, since buying my watch. Have been told that it's too expensive to adjust (even by Tag stockists) and links cannot be removed. Will try to use your advice as it seems very straight-forward.
    Many thanks

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  9. Rural Geek,
    Just completed the addition of a link to my Tag bracelet/band. I made good use of your instrutions which demystify the ingeneous Tag design.
    I had to read everyones' comments to find out how to blow up your photos. You might want to note this feature at the outset of your instructions.
    Thank you.

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  10. Rural Geek,
    Very Helpful. Clever design. Do you know if every link in the bracelet is attached by this same process or are some permanently fused? I'm interested in purchasing a Tag Link watch but have a small wrist and want to be sure I can adjust it to fit snugly. Thanks.

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  11. I have a tag about 15 years old. its the real one that so many fakes were made of. I need 2 new band links and do not know how to find them. please help me out. I bought watch off a guy at market. paid $800. took to jewllery store and was told it was worth about $3700 new. its too small and I want to wear it so bad.... tag whoooooos

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  12. Your a F@#%$#& genius! I just bought a Tag and me and one of my Jeweler (can't spell) friends jacked around w/ it for a half hour before reading your blog. I now wear only short sleeves in winter to show off my WJ201B, because I'm not a ruralgeek, I'm just a hick. But I dig it.

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  13. Thanks Ruralgeek, Really helping me to resizing my Tag Link Chrono CT5110....

    Regards,
    AJ

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  14. Thanks so much, thought we were gonna have to shell out big bucks just to get a jeweler to take out some links, but your blog totally helped!

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  15. Hi there guys,
    I have just bought a Tag Heuer SEL from late 90's 20mm "S" band but the it is too small for me and I need 2 extra links for it. Does anyone know where to get them from or if you do not need the spare ones you may have I would be more than happy to make a deal with you.
    I live in Melbourne (Australai).
    Please help if you can !!
    Cheers
    Claudio

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  16. Awesome! If you can figure it out, and document it for the world to see, why can't TAG Authorised Resellers figure it out!!!

    Thanks for posting this. It gives me confidence that when I get my new Link Automatic Chronograph later this month, I will be able to adjust it by myself. Great design by Tag, too.

    Cheers,
    Ben from Canberra, Australia.

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  17. WTF! Why didn't I find your website long time ago. I lost a couple of pounds since I first got my watch - had it adjusted from a non-authorized shop. As the repairman works inside his little room/work table in a backroom behind the counter,imagine the feeling of hearing his tools pounding on your Tag. He got it fixed after destroying the removed link. I swear I'm not going back to any shop for this watch.
    Then, I stumbled on your website. A MILLION THANKS TO YOU!!!GENIUS! BRILLIANT!OUTSTANDING! Now I don't have to let go of the wheel with my left hand during stops on red traffic lights. It was embarrasing to other drivers to see thru my window my watch almost hanging from my wrist as if I have borrowed it from a Sumo wrestler. I can now proudly drive with it with both hand on the wheels all the time. Thanks a lot RURALGEEK - you are AWESOME!!!

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  18. Awesome guide, bro! I also took the opportunity to remove the scratches from my watchband with a piece of sandpaper. It works very well on the 'satin' like finishes of some models.

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  19. This was perfect. I scanned the pictures and got the gist of how the links were connected; had bracelet adjusted in 5 minutes. Many thanks!

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  20. How do you remove the spring pin/bar and with what tool

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  21. ennn, I have the same question:'How to remove the spring pin/bar and with what tool' . Thanks a lot!

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  22. The spring pin/bar is easily removed with anything that's small enough diameter to fit into the hole it's seated in.

    I used a small jeweler's screwdriver. I suppose a pin or piece of wire would work as well, as long as it's small enough to fit into the hole (and admittedly it's a pretty small hole).

    I'm assuming there's a proper jeweler's tool for this too...

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  23. Thank you !!!!!

    With all pic and explanation it was easy for me to do it
    i use a small screwdriver and i cut the end so it was like a pin. and a small hammmer very gently TOC TOC and the other small screwdriver to unscrew the small screw thats its THANKS AGAIN

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  24. Your advice helped and I got the links out of my new tag, but the pins wont stay in, no matter what direction I put them in. Do you have any advice? This is frustrating me. Thanks.

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  25. Ruralgeek,

    Without question you are certainly a genius! Thanks so much for the great work on discovering how these Tag Heuer links work!!!

    I too tried to press on the magic buttons behind the link to no avail. It was then I found your website through a search with Google.

    If only Tag Heuer would decide to include a link sizing guide! ;-)

    I guess maybe they hired a former hedge fund broker who now acts as their account. Then he decided that the $0.02 cost of adding a link sizing guide was simply too costly.

    Hmm, those Yale and Havard MBA degrees are certainly not going to waste are they?

    MANY THANKS AGAIN!!!

    This is a great website and definitely worth my time.

    The Red Baron
    Loveland, Ohio

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  26. thank you, this was perfect, otherwise I would have to go to jewellers who would charge allot, your instructions were perfect. you definetely help me.

    Danny
    Orlando Florida

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  27. I just was gifted a model 4000 TH-was originally documented in 1998.....darn thing is too small by 2 links! I spoke with local retailers, and they contacted the Tag rep.....new bracelet would cost $500.00! Anyone have 2 links sitting around for a WF 1120-0???? It is the 2-tone stainless W/ 18K gold inlay. My email is kevinhow@msn.com. I would really appreciate it if you have a couple collecting dust! (I also tried to find a replica with no luck).

    Kevin

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  28. Rural Geek, Thanks a million for posting this info along with the photos. I had my new Tag Link adjusted in a few mintues.

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  29. Thanks Rural Geek. I just bought my own pin remover off Amazon and sized my Tag following your instructions. It was quick and easy! I appreciate your help and care in putting together this step by step guide.

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  30. Many thanks Rural Geek. I just bought a Tag Link from Ashford as part of the Bing 50% off. Got it for a song ($470 -- Woot!)
    Anyway, yesterday I stopped by my local jeweler to size. She took one look , and said, "Sorry, you need to go to a Tag dealer." Last night I found your site, and printed out your instructions. Visited her again today with your info, and she had the 3 links out in 10 minutes. In addition, she was a happy camper, because she has been turning away Tag business for years because she thought it required "special tools". So she gets more business, I get a convenient, cheap jeweler to service the Tag. Thanks again!

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  31. Got a Tag Link from Ashford with 50% Bing cashback like Dave. Also bought my wife a diamond Baume et Mercier. After coming across your page through Google, bought a $10 watch tool kit on Amazon and was able to resize both watches. Found your instructions and pictures most useful. Thanks!

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  32. What more can I ad.
    I have been wearing 1st an SEL then a LINK since 1991 when the SEL was relatively new. I have always "had" to send them to an authorised TH dealer for sizing, as no one seemed able to do it. Fast forward a good few years, and I have just, in the last 10 minutes, re-sized my sons 21st Birthday gift, brushed stainless LINK with the fantastic help on your website.
    Mate, you are a hero.
    How simple it seems now, but how bloody puzzling for so many years to me.
    Thanks so much for the informative step by step.
    Cheers from Sunny Scotland.

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  33. Thanks for the very helpful instructions. My watch now fits a treat.

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  34. Brilliant! I am one of those jewelers who has turned away customers because I couldn't figure it out. Now I can't wait for someone else to bring one in to our store.

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  35. Any idea where I can find both the stainless and 18k SOLID gold LINK from the BD0552 bracelet for a WT1150 LINK watch? I bought the watch on ebay, but need one stainless and one solid gold....both small size links closest to the clasp.

    Any ideas where I can buy these?

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  36. Thanks for the great instructions. I just got my TAG the other day, and I was sure I was going to have to deal with a jeweler to get it sized. This was awesome to find.

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  37. CAN ANY ONE HELP.JUST GOT A TAG LINK CJ1110 AND HAVE NO IDEA ON HOW TO ADJUST THE LINKED STRAP.MANY THANKS STEPHEN.

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  38. Thanks a bunch RuralGeek, ordered my Link for X-mas while working in Iraq right now. Just got it in and realized I had to adjust it..duh. Was getting worried my 3k baby was going to collect dust until getting it to a jeweler but after reading your instructions I had it done in a jiffy. THANKS DUDE

    Kalter, FOB Warhorse,Ba'quba, Iraq

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  39. I too am grateful for your expert instructions. I used the smallest flat blade screwdriver bit in a Jeweler's set to punch out the pin. I set the bracelet on a scrap of 2X4 with a hole drilled in it to allow the pin to come out the bottom. I had to take out 2 sections on each side of the bracelet as I also have a "chicken wrist", but in the end it fit perfectly. I would say the total time spent was 15 minutes, including trying it on after a link was taken out to test the fit a few times. Kudos, RuralGeek!!!

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  40. all I needed was a hint and the rest came easy.
    thanks for info.

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  41. Wow, that was a snap...Like the previous poster stated about 15 minutes start to finish. Thanks for posting this set of instructions. The only one that google found.

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  42. Hi - I was in the same position buying a Tag Heuer Links watch from a friend, after 4 visits to repairers I was about to give up as each said the watch needed to go back to Tag for re-sizing. I read your article, bought a pin remover off ebay for £5.00 and it took me 10 mins to remove 2 links!! Amazing, I am so pleased I found your website and for your help!! Thanks again - Rob

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  43. Thank you very much for this informative posting.

    The nearest watch store seems to be incapable of replacing a battery without breaking the watch, so my alternatives in sizing my TH were to drive an hour to Austin or to rely on self help, and thanks to your instructions I successfully did the latter.

    Rick
    Central Texas

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  44. Wow! Thanks a lot Rural Geek. When I first got the watch, I had to take it to one of those fancy, expensive jewelery shops who charged $35 to fit my watch. Then he told me to wait until the end of the day to pick it up. I thought they used some fancy tag tool. I looked at your instructions and it sounded easy to me. I didn't use link removal tool or round pin. I used a paper clip that fits perfect as I bent part of the end upward a bit so I put the watch over the clip which was layed down on a book so it wouldn't ruin the table and pressed down on the watch slowly. I made sure to hold the paper clip while I slowly pressed down on the watch or the clip would slide all over and fling. If anyone tries this paper clip method, you must hold the paper clip with your fingers or it will slide or possibly fling in your face. I use my right hand to push the watch on top and the left hand to hold the paper clip down. After that, I used precision screw driver. Easy to put back as well. Pin went back in easily. It was very slightly protruding because i was simply pressing the pin on a book so I used a mini clamp covered with paper towel to get the pin completely in there. Thanks for showing us. I did it quickly with ease.

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  45. Great instructions. Could not have done the removal of 1 link on my wife's watch without them. I have all sorts of watch tools which that I have picked up on e-bay over time. It was a five minute job to remove the link.

    After removing just one link, it might have been too much. I am considering replacing the link and using the micro adjustment. How do you use the micro adjustment?

    Thanks, I recently came back from MKE to SFO for the holidays and likely went through your airspace. I'll wave on the next trip.

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  46. Does this same scheme also work for the older Tag Heuer S/EL watchbands? These have somewhat more rounded links when compared to the Link series. Can someone confirm that they have succesfully adjusted an S/EL strap with this method?
    Thanks!

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  47. Looking for links for a two tone Sport S/el.

    all it says on face is Proffesional !

    Has the fork or U shaped big links.

    can you telle where to send info and order a link or two.

    Big Bob

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  48. Thanks for the information on how to adjust the "Link Bracelet" for a "TAG LINK" watch. After reading and looking at the pictures, I was able to adjust my bracket within 30 minutes. The hardest thing was to find something to get the first pin out. I took my watch into a mall watch repair shop one time and they wanted about $30.00 to do the same thing.

    THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

    Rich

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  49. Fantastic! After visiting 3 jewellers where one even stated it must be a fake as there is no way of adjusting this strap, I found your post and followed the simple instructions! Hey presto all done! I have emailed the link to this post to said jeweller!

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  50. Many many thanks for sharing this information with everyone. I got it done in 10 mins once I got the link pin out and all by using what a fine jeweler's screwdriver.

    Chris

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  51. Great instructions....they work.......I adjusted mine with no problems.

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  52. Thank You Ruralgeek.com! This was just what I needed and it worked flawlessly. Amazon had already sold me the necessary watch band tools, which were inexpensive and effective. I just needed to know where to start.

    Dean

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  53. anyone have any extra link 1 or 2 for a formula 1 band.
    If you do and want to make a deal email me at rr1257@yahoo.com.
    Thanks

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  54. Hi Rural Geek,

    I know this may sound cheap. But i got a Tag Link Tiger Woods special edition, but it's only an OEM. Could this be adjusted also, because i tried to hand it over to a watch repair shop or jewelry shop, but they can't adjust it. Thanks.

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  55. Hi Eli,

    If your watch has parts similar to the Link I adjusted you should be able to adjust it the same way.

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  56. I'm trying to look closely on your watch specially the holes in the back of each link... at the back of each link... are there buttons that you can push or press something like that? Because mine has a hole on the back of each link but it's just a narrow hole... so if your watch has pushable holes then more likely mine is different.

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  57. I have purchased a used Tag 1000 diving watch that will not fit my wrist, dp these instructions work with the older versions as they did with the model you have and can a person perchase a used band to use as a source of additional links?

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  58. Rural Geek,
    Thanks a bunch for posting this! I brought my Link Tiger Woods edition to 5 Jewelers and they all said I had to take it to a Tag Heuer service provider. I followed your steps and did it myself in 15minutes! Even here in Germany where craftspeople are generally pretty...crafty.

    Thanks again! People like you make the interweb great!

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  59. Thanks , I followed your instructions and successfully removed two links, one from each side, in less than ten minutes.

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  60. 3 minutes . . . done! great post! thanks!

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  61. I'm such a typical male, struggled with this watch band for hours until I decided to Google it! Those are GREAT instructions! About 10 minutes and the entire job was done. Thank you so much!!

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  62. you gave me the info needed for a little DIY...thank you. (10-15min tops)

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  63. I took my Link band off for cleaning and may have bent the push pins. I am not sure if they were straight to begin with or are curved to fit the weird design of the bracelet. Anybody else taken the band off their watch have same issue? I am soaking band in baby oil right now to loosen it up a bit and haven't tried putting it back yet.. Also if i do need to get new push pins can i buy them at any chain store that sells watches and also what size are the push pins? 20mm or 22mm?Thanks!

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  64. Actually i had meant to say spring bar at the watch head and mistakenly put push pin. Anybody know what size new ones i will need to purchase? 20mm or 21mm standard size possibly? Thanks

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  65. John, I don't know what size you need offhand as that would depend on the watch model. Spring bar pins aren't that expensive ($3-4 for a pair) and if you buy them locally you should be able to return them if they're the wrong size. (My Tag Heuer spring bars appear to be 19 or 20mm btw.) I would think you should be able to bend your spring bars straight enough to be able to use them to compare to replacements to determine the proper size as well.

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  66. Thanks so much for posting. I just got a used Tag as a gift but the band is just a little too big. We took it to a general watch repair shop and they told us that this model link band only has a certain number of links in it that can be adjusted, and that this band didn't have any of those links left. Have you ever heard that or does it sound like just another misinformed watch man?

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  67. Rural Geek,

    I got the link pins out. But, didn't see a sleeve at the top of the links. I'm able to separate the pieces enough to see that there's nothing in those holes, but can't remove either of the halves. Is one half supposed to just slip off?

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  68. Excellent article..I too had problems with my Link Chrono. Jewellers were useless..removed links with screw heads on the outside but told me that others could not be adjusted or removed.I needed one more out for a good fit and this article gave me the confidence to try myself. Bought a cheap pin removal tool on Amazon and 10 mins later I had a nice fitting watch.
    One thing that is not too clear is that the screw heads shown in picture three are concealed by the link which slides off although I figured this out by looking at the enlarged picture. I am also assuming that it is only the links which have one hole on the back that are removable and the other four on each side have fixed pins
    Once again well done Rural Geek you are a star.

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  69. Excellent instructions. Was terrified of making a mess of this but everything went to plan, very satisfying "click" as pin slots back into position! Thanks a million.

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  70. Frank (from Holland)November 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Thanks for the great instructions !

    Just received my new Tag Heuer Link Automatic Chronograph and of course the bracelet was too big. There was no description enclosed and it looked a lot more different than my Raymond Weil which works with tiny screws.
    I deleted two small links in no time and the watch fits perfectly.

    So thanks again, Rural Geek - also from Holland !!!

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  71. Any idea where I can buy links for my Formula one bracket? BA0850-1.

    Mike

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  72. Thanks for the fantastic instructions! Saved me some frustration.

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  73. I am a retail jeweler and I never like to tell a customer that I can't do something! So when I was presented with a Tag watch that appeared to be un sizable, I was determined to find the way.

    I researched several sites but no one had the information that I was looking for.

    I recognized right away that the links split in the middle, but didn't quite know how to proceed.

    Your information was so detailed etc that it made it very simple.

    Thank you for posting this information!

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  74. Thanks so much for making this page available for all the world to see. I just bought a second hand Tag Heuer Link watch and needed to add one of the spare links to make it fit my wrist. There is no way I would have been able to do it without seeing your information. This style of bracelet is very different to my Omega's and other Tag Heuers but, like you say, it's an ingenious design. Following your clear instructions, I added the link in about 15mins without ever having seen a Link bracelet before! I could see how even jewellers would be confused as there appears to no pins holding the links together, only the ones on the end. Brilliant! Thanks again.

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  75. Finaly I adjusted the bracelet of my Link chrono professional.
    I had alot of problems getting the #2 pin out. Once I decided to make a (larger) pusher out of a screwdriver I managed to do the job.

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  76. Thanks a lot for this web page. I just bought a new Link Tag Heuer on Amazon and a watch repair tool kit and a got the job done in less than an hour. Because of you, I saved more than one thousand bucks!!! Before to see your website, I was afraid to buy a Tag on the net. I'm pretty sure a simple jeweller would have had big trouble to adjust the band and the official Tag seller would have probably refused to adjust it because I bought it on the net... One thousand thanks!

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  77. [...] very easily with a $10 Chinese watch tool kit and following the instructions of this website Tag Heuer Link Bracelet Adjustment - too easy! CURRENT Omega Seamaster 2531.80 Omega Seamaster 2254.50 TagHeuer Aquaracer [...]

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  78. Thanks so much! 10 minutes with a precision screw driver set!!

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  79. I have an Aquaracer, the link pin is very difficult to remove. I spent numerous hours try to remove it but no success. I even use the plier type link remover to push the pin, I could only push ~5mm out. Could anyone comment on how to get the job done? THANK!

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  80. Great Job! I have a TAG Professional about 14 yrs old and the band is different. Does anyone have the same info & pics for that one? I need to replace a link closer to the watch, not an adjustment link.
    Thanks

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  81. Thanks RG, Your instructions were right on the money for my new Tag Link. I did use a watch pin removal tool and I was done in minutes. You saved me some cash!

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  82. Where can I obtain spare links,finding it rather hard to get them under £90 at the moment would be pleased with any info
    thanks

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  83. Glad to see this link is still active and receiving comments almost 3 years after it was posted. GREAT INFO !!! My wife and I both have Tags with this type of band. When I purchased mine I remember hearing the sound of hammering in the 'back room' when I had the jeweler adjust the band. Scary ! I figured it was a complicated process. My wife's tag is too large and that jeweler is no longer in business. I've received the same "send it to Tag" line from mall shops as well. This is great info. I used it to adjust my band already. Was going to do my wife's but we had to send her watch into Tag because it stopped working. (it had moisture damage from a cracked crystal in the pool years ago. Had it fixed, by the jeweler guy; but apparently he didn't do all he should have) We're waiting to hear from them on the repair cost to "make it like new". No matter, it will be worth it. I'll be using these instructions again when we get it back to size it perfectly for her. Thank you very much for publishing this. The pictures are great.

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  84. Thanks for the fantastic instructions! I just bought a second hand Tag Heuer Link watch and needed to find two of the spare links to make it fit my wrist.Now I know what I am looking for.Thank You.

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  85. Great Info well published. I thought I was going to pay one arm and 2 legs just to get links removed.

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  86. Thanks very much did it this morning saved a couple bucks doing it myself.......cheers!

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  87. Hi, i have this watch, i bought it as used, the first user took some links off. all the links has the holes at edges. Now i think that i can not take any link off anymore..but it is still too big for me. Can you tell me that at your watch man can take off many links as he wants or just a few links??? I dont know what to do now, i can not wear it
    thanks

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  88. Thanks so much for doing this post!! I just got a new Tag today and took out one link myself thanks to your great directions and pictures! Saved me some $ and a trip to the repair shop.

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  89. Great post! On my Link Calibre 16 (CAT2010.BA0952) there are no "fine adjustment" holes; however, the final two links on both sides of the clasp are slightly shorter. I found you can get fine adjustment by removing a set of long links, a set of short links, or one long on one side and one short on the other... Thought I'd share for anyone who has a similar model.

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  90. You stated that you have adjusted bracelets on ESQ by Movado...I just purchased a watch, and tried to have the links taken out. The first jewelry store didn't put the sleeve's back in, so the links fell off. I took it to another one, and he told me that you need a "Special" tool. How did you adjust your Movado? Did you the special tool? Thanks, I'm really bummed cause I can't wear it now!

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  91. I work in a small jewellery shop where we do small watch repairs. this page was very helpful about 5 minutes ago. Thank you!

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  92. Thanks for posting this information it worked a treat. If you live in Australia Jay Car sell a removal tool for the pin for under $10 and it mad the job real simple . part number TH2014

    scott

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  93. Thank you very very much for the info and illustrations, they were great and easy to follow. Got band adjusted in no time at all

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  94. A massive thankyou Ruralgeek for posting these instructions, I have had my Tag Link Calibre 5 for 2 days now and was puzzled on how to take 2 links out, Searching the web and finally found Your intructions that were very easy to follow and was done in minutes. Thankyou.

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  95. [...] Ruralgeek has languished.  The most popular post on my Ruralgeek site has been one that detailed how to adjust the watch band on a Tag Heuer watch, and the video I put on YouTube about soldering is now approaching a million [...]

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  96. [...] if you were to add an extra link. Here is a good link that will guide you through the process. Tag Heuer Link Bracelet Adjustment just go steady and be carefull not to slip. bestfit1 user since 1961 bestfit 2 user since [...]

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  97. Help! I bought a Tag Link Calibre 6 online and trying to adjust it. I can't figure out how to get the screw out from the half link. I'm using a fine screw driver. No matter how much I turn it the screw won't move at all. I've tried turning it both ways. Any ideas?

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  98. I bought my tag after being in hospital for 2 years so I was really skinny so I had to have so links taken out and now I have out all the weight back on the watch is getting far to tight but can I find the link that they took out? Not a chance so can anyone help with this problem or tell me where I can get on the shop I got it from has closed down now!! cheers oh it the F1 with the black bevel on it!! Cheers
    Chris

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  99. Thanks for the guide. I've adjusted dozens of watch bands, but this TAG Link was a stumper.

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  100. It would cost me $50 to adjust the watch. Many thanks.

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  101. Reducing the amount of links is a joke! I've done this to my Tag Heuer by simply using a spoon and a simply push pin, you don't really need to spend a few hundred at a jewlerly or be some sort of brainiac to adjust your Heuer's.....I live here in Huntington Beach Ca and the names Bullfrogo.

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  102. As other people have said went to our local Jewler who said (after 25 minutes in their workshop) "we can't do it!" I decided to go online and look.
    Your description is so easy to follow a monkey could do it!
    Brilliant and thank you!

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  103. Thanks so much for that great explanation. I never would have figured it out myself.

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  104. While resizing my wife's Tag Link, I lost one of the pins with the notch. Can anyone help me, please???

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