Originally Posted by indesertum
do i need tools to switch watch bands and shorten metal bands? or can i make do with stuff around the house
depends on how the links/strap are attached to each other/the lugs. may need a screw driver. if they are just pressure pins, you really need a vice, a small awl or a large pin, and a little hammer. for the strap, you just need a small precision screwdriver to take out the spring bars.
however, if you do not know what you are doing, which you probably dont (no worries, no one does who doesnt do it all the time), you can easily lose pins and or fuxxor up your watch. best to go to a jewelry store and pay a few bucks to have it done right, and let them have the liability if something goes wrong. trust.
you can probably buy all the tools online, but it will be far cheaper to just take it to a store to do it. will take 5 minutes max.