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Changing the size of a strap on a Citizen watch

Changing the size of a strap on a Citizen watch

I have just had a lovely Citizen Eco-Drive watch from my wife for a Christmas present.

Of course, as standard it came sized to fit a bull elephant.

“No problem, two minutes work and I will make it fit” I thought to myself.

“Just look for the arrow, push in the hole there.. where’s the hole?!!” I cried.

After much swearing and unfruitful searches of google I figured out how to do it.

Sheer genius on their part, if it wasn’t for the fact I have a splitting headache I would never have realised how to do it.

And, without further ado, I will explain how to remove the links.

Step 1: Remove the springy pin that connects the strap to one end of the clasp using a paperclip or sharp pointed knife (my choice!) – be careful, it will come out like a missile and is aimed straight at your face.
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Step 2: Lay the watch face down on a piece of cloth on a flat surface to protect the crystal (these watches aren’t cheap!)
Step 3: Look at the little arrow next to a round hole with what looks like a little dot in it? There is the key to removing the link.
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Take a sharp pointed knife or screwdriver and insert it into the gap behind the dot.
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Use the knife to gently push the dot out through the side of the band (it takes a little pressure but not too much).
Step 4: Part of the side of the strap will pop out, use your knife on the right hand side of this (when viewed from above) and it has a little notch, use the notch to slide the piece of metal out completely. Be gentle, it is quite fragile.
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Step 5: Slide the link out
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Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 with the link that will attach to the clasp (so you end up with one or more links for safekeeping and one link on the strap ready to attach to the clap)
Step 7: Reconnect the newly shortened strap with the link on the strap
Step 8: Push the clip back into place with gentle pressure (I turned the watch on its side and used the top of my desk to give an even pressure), keep pushing until it is flush with the watch strap.
Step 9: Reinsert the spring clip (you didn’t let it twang across the room did you??) through the link and connect it back to the clasp.
Step 10: Try your watch on and hope that it fits, if not go back to step one. Sorry.
Step 11: If you’re here, all done.. buy me a beer or something!

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