How to Adjust / Assemble Your Titanium Flex Band Kit

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Here’s a quick tutorial about how to adjust your titanium flex band for personalized fit. I prefer a pretty secure and snug fit from my watch straps. So, I found that for my wrist, the best length was when the overall band was one inch shorter than my wrist measurement.

+ PARTS 

  • End links (2)
  • Shoulderless spring bars (2)
  • Titanium flex band (1)

+ TOOLS

  • CLEAN / CLEAR WORKSPACE (more on this later)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Small flat head screwdriver (mine is 1mm)
  • Dose of patience
  • Chilled soundtrack

+ OVERVIEW 

  1. Open titanium plate retaining lip
  2. Extract c-clips
  3. Remove extra links
  4. Reconnect loose ends
  5. Install end link, band, and shoulderless pins
  6. BOOM.

+ LET’S DO THIS 

The flexible links are held together by c-shaped clips. These clips connect a bottom layer of links to a top layer of links, in a staggered order. This means each pair of clips connect to two different neighbor links. So, when you go to remove links, you’ll need to release two titanium plates.

Titanium plates retain the c-clips. You’ll need to gently pry the titanium plate’s retention lip on one side, so you can remove the c-clips.

      1. Open titanium plate retaining lip
        Pick a midpoint along the band, because this will be easier to handle with longer. Extend each section of the band around the link you want to open. This will allow you to slide your screwdriver head into the space between the c-clips.

        Titanium flex band adjustment

        Insert screwdriver head

        Gently pry open the lip of the titanium plate so that the lip raises over the edges of the c-clips. This will enable you to lift the titanium plate off. You only need to open up one side of the plate. The plate will flip up and you’ll be able to lift the plate entirely off of the link. Set this plate aside.

        Adjustment of Titanium Flex Watch Band

        Pry open titanium plate lip

        Titanium plate lifted from flex watch band

        Titanium plate lifted from flex watch band

         

      2. Extract c-clips
        Use your needle nose pliers to snag the edge of the c-clip. This might take a little finessing. Don’t get too Dirty Harry on this or you might accidentally scratch neighboring plates or worse, when the c-clip comes free it has a tendency to flee the scene. This is where the clear and clear workspace comes in. These clips are rather small and easily lost.

        Needle nose pliers to extract the c-clip

        Needle nose pliers to extract the c-clip

        Titanium flex watch band c-clip

        Titanium flex watch band c-clip

         

      3. Remove extra links
        Remove a second neighboring titanium plate and slide the link out of the opposite c-clips. Remove extra c-clips. Count the number of links you want to shorten the length of your band.Repeat the process above and remove the plates and c-clips on the end of the number of links you want to remove. Be sure to keep one lower level link on the band so you can rejoin the loose ends back together.

        C-clip slides out once the titanium plate is removed

        C-clip slides out once the titanium plate is removed

         

      4. Reconnect loose ends
        Notice the springs in the lower level link. The c-clips fit on other side of that interior metal spring. So, when you go to re-insert the c-clip, you need to wedge the clip in between the link and the spring. You’ll feel a click when you’ve seated the c-clip correctly.

        Lower level flex band link

        Lower level flex band link

        Insert the c-clip back into the retention link clips

        Insert the c-clip back into the retention link clips

        When you’ve confirmed that the c-clips are all firmly back in place and the flex is back to working order, reinstall the titanium plates. Seat the side of the plate

        Reinstall titanium plates

        Reinstall titanium plates

         

      5. Install end link, band, and shoulderless pins
        Side view: Endlink and band fit

        Side view: Endlink and band fit

         

        Bottom view: Endlink and band fit

        Bottom view: Endlink and band fit

         

        Components assembled

        Components assembled

         

        End link, band, and shoulderless pin position

        End link, band, and shoulderless pin position

        Use a screwdriver to depress the spring-loaded end of the shoulderless pin so that you can slide the pin in place between the lugs. Jiggle it around a bit until you feel the spring-loaded end click into the drilled lug hole.

        Shoulderless pin installation

        Shoulderless pin installation

        Interior view: Complete installation

        Interior view: Complete installation

        Top view: Installation complete

        Top view: Installation complete

         

      6. BOOM. Rock it. Tackle your missions! 

         

 

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