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This simple idea is the best thing I have ever bought...... As someone who loves to buy watches I was finding I always had to get links taken out and at £10 a go it was getting a tad bit dear!! After careful consideration I decided to buy a tool to do the job myself but I was worried about scratching the links,there are so many tools I didn't know which was going to be the best to do the job quickly, efficiently and easily. I came across this little gem and have not looked back, it is such basic premise but it does the job and with no mess or any fiddling
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At the first attempt I bent the pin remover - so lesson one is probe very gently to get the pin out. When you have it lined up correctly I found it slips out very easily so if you are meeting resistance you have not got it lined up correctly - keep trying until you do and do not try to force it out. I was lucky enough to be able to straighten out the pin remover without breaking it. Incidentally the instructions refer to a replacement for this part so if this happens to you and the pin remover bit breaks, its worth getting on to the seller and enquiring.
I successfully adjusted two watches but I would not describe it as an easy process and each took 10-15 minutes of fiddling around to get the watch lined up correctly in the tool. There is a strange mechanism which moves the bed which the watch sits on backwards and forwards. I am not sure of the use for this. If you were able to move this bed up and down to line up the pin it would actually be useful.
On point which sounds rather obvious, but is not so clear in practice, is make sure you are pushing the pin from the right end. The end to be pushed is usually indented a little into the band whilst the other end stands out more proud to the band and often has a cross thread on it.
You need something to put the pin back in. I think jewellers use a tiny hammer. Do not go and get the hammer from the toolbox though!Read more ›
I ordered it from 'Watches2U' and the delivery was fulfilled by 'Amazon', the items RRP was shown as being £19.95 which I find very hard to believe; but the price it was being sold at was £3.89, and this offers excellent value.
The tool itself has a 'bed' section of 50 x 50mm and the handle is 45mm long with a diameter of 20mm; the main body and handle are made out of a lightweight, but suitably strong, plastic with just a few pieces made from metal, these being the pin extractor tool bit and the dial that alters the 'adjustable' section of the bed.
The instructions that come with the tool are at best basic, they do give you just enough information to get started, but the best way to learn is with practice and patience. I would definitely recommend using an old, and if necessary disposable, watch to practice with; however, I would say that from my experience so far all you need to do is be gentle.
Other reviewers on here have suggested that the metal pin extractor tool bit is too soft or of poor construction, I have not found this to be the case; I would say that if you don't use this tool properly and use undue force then it will most likely break, but then again isn't that the case with most tools?!
To put it simply the way in which you use this tool is as follows:
1. You unscrew the handle so that the tool bit leaves enough room for the watch strap to placed on the tool bed.
2. You must make sure that the pin you want to remove is correctly aligned to the tool bit.Read more ›
What the enclosed instructions (brief in the extreme) don't tell you is that you have to look at the back of the bracelet to see the directional arrows which indicate in which direction the pins should be pushed out.
I began working on an old watch strap I wasn't bothered about, and quickly removed a link and closed the strap. Confidence fired up I adjusted my new watch - EASY.
My other comment is that the bed which you raise or lower the watch in order to line the pin extractor mechanism precisely doesn't adjust enough (for me at least). I quickly solved this by cutting up a handy beer mat and laying a piece on top of the bed. This raised it sufficiently for accuracy.
As I said I am not at all 'handy', but to illustrate how simple it is, I adjusted my watch strap last night, this morning I thought it still a little lose and quickly removed another link - whole process about 2 minutes flat.
Now my watch is adjusted perfectly of course this gadget is redundant. Anyone want a strap adjusted £1 a time ?!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did the job but ensure that you line it up well or it will bend quite easilyPublished 8 months ago by Mr D Baker
Sometimes I like to buy watch fixing materials. This is the jewel of my collectionPublished 9 months ago by Russeldust
Rubbish, brittle plastic. It snapped the first time I used it!Published 12 months ago by Robert W. Bishop
A useful bit of kit for changing the links in a watchstrap - not too fiddly to use to good effectPublished 12 months ago by Andrew Coulson
Low quality metal. Broke the metal pin the first time I used it :-(Published 13 months ago by Antonio Miguel Aguiar