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Removing unwanted links from your Casio "5035" WVA-470DE-1AVEF
on 15 December 2011
Casio WVA-470DE-1AVEF Solar Powered Radio Control Wrist Watch.
Casio call this the "5053" and a guide can be downloaded from Casio UK.
I am writing about adjusting the strap, as it does not seem to conform with any previous guide on the net.
Punch Pins and Guide blocks can be purchased at Amazon to aid the removal of the pins in the strap.
It is best to first remove the pin at the strap fold over clip. both ends of the pin are sprung loaded so it's a simple matter of pushing one end towards the centre with a thin tool and move out of the hole before releasing.
All of this should be done on a clean section of table because the next operation is going to have minute parts.
Now the strap can be extended in a fairly straight line, and if you have purchased a block. The strap can be fitted in the block with the pin you intend to remove over a hole in the block.
There are arrows on the inside of the strap links that show which way the pin must travel and also which pins can be removed.
A piece of wood can be improvised but will not hold the watch as firmly.
With the pin tool (or very small nail with the point removed) Knock the pin down until it has passed out of the top link arm. Now the pin can be fully withdrawn from the strap by using a good quality set of pliers and gripping the exposed pin.
This is the moment when small parts can be lost if not working over and close to the table.
When the pin is out and the strap links fall apart, there is a very small split bush located in the centre section of the link.
I removed three pins and all three times these small bushes fell out and had to be found.
Without these split bushes the pins are very loose in the holes and just fall out again.
If you examine the centre part of the link you will see that the bush can only go in at one end. i.e. the larger hole.
After you have removed the unwanted links, it's a simple matter of connecting the remaining links together, making sure the bush is inside the centre section of the link and the holes are in line before hammering the pin back into the hole. If you have a pin tool , a final tap to put the pin below the surface.
One word of warning, it's just as easy to connect the two parts of the strap with one section with arrows facing in, and one section with arrows facing out. So be sure to check before hammering in the pin.
No I didn't do that, but I did spend hours on the web trying to find out why my pins were too loose.
I thought perhaps they had to have a smear of glue on the ends, I finally found one of the bushes and then was on hands and knees on the carpet with a torch.
I hope this helps someone to at least understand what is involved, and that without the block there is a good chance of marking your new watch.