I bought two of these watches for Christmas gifts for my 12- and 15-year-old sons. The watches are very handsome and offer a lot of features for the price. But as others have stated, the band as shipped is very large, and removing the links is no easy task.
I emailed Casio for their directions, but in short here's what you need to do.
First, you definitely want to be working on a very hard surface like a table or counter. Do not try to do this on your lap or in your hand because you have to press down HARD to remove the pins.
Next, locate the little arrows on the back side of the band. You will be pushing DOWN and OUT in the direction of the arrows.
See the little holes? See the tiny raised bump in the little hole? The bump is what stands between you and victory!
Using a jeweler's screwdriver, nail or a strong push pin, simultaneously push DOWN on the tiny raised bump and OUT towards the edge of the band in the direction of the arrow. It's almost a prying motion, but be sure you keep pushing DOWN.
Once you get the pin to move, use a small pair of needle-nose pliers to grasp the part of the pin that is sticking out from the side of the band and pull it the remaining way out. It is not a straight pin like you might expect, but a flat pin with a flat metal top. The thing is shaped like an upside-down capital letter "L."
You have to remove two pins to get the first link out, then remove one pin per link after that. Be sure to remove the links equally from each side of the watch face so your band isn't lopsided when you're done.
Check the fit after removing one link, check again after two links, etc. Trust me, you don't want to take too many links out, although putting them back in is mercifully easier than getting them out in the first place!
If you do have to reattach a link, it fits onto its neighbor on an angle, then straighten it out and reinsert the pin. Remember to insert the pin with the tiny bump facing up on the back of the band in case you ever have to take it out again.
I'm saving the spare links and pins for the day when my sons grow and their watch bands become too tight. With a ten-year battery guarantee, that day will surely come.
My hands and finger tips are really sore after removing a total of five links, but I still think these watches are a great deal in terms of their style and the price.
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