Originally Posted by stickonatree
warlock, nice watch! what size are your wrists?
Originally Posted by rambo
Come on McGyver, show us how it's done!
I went to this site
which explains how the Monster bracelet pins work. They consist of a pin with a fixed cap on one end and a removeable collar on the other. Our job is to push the pin out the side of the link, using a tool small enough to fit inside the collar, then push them back together using a tool small enough to fit the hole in the link, but big enough not to slip back into the collar.
Please visit the above-mentioned site for its excellent explanation, details and pictures. I stole some of the visual elements for my diagrams from there as well.
1 Seiko Monster, color of your choice
1 small paper clip
1 large paper clip
1. On the inside surface of the link we want to detach, find the engraved arrow, indicating the proper direction of pin removal. The collared end (shown in red below) of the pin is on the side of the link opposite the push direction. Gently insert the thumbtack into the hole and push. This will move the pin a few mm out of the collar; I couldn't push it all the way because the thumbtack gets too thick to pass all the way into the collar.
2. Use the end of small paper clip to push the pin the rest of the way through the link. This assumes our paper clip is small enough to fit inside the collar.
3. We may end up with the collar actually impaled upon the end of our paper clip. Don't panic, just carefully pick it off with a fingernail. The pin should come out one the side of the link and the collar out the other side.
4. Repeat on a second link, in order to excise the proper length of bracelet. Double check the new length against a wrist; if it is wrong, reverse course and choose another link before putting everything back together. Rejoin the ends of the bracelet, and with deft motor control put the collar back in the arrowed side and the pin back in the other. Squeeze them together laterally with fingers or something solid - just enough so they won't fall back out the sides. Then use the thumbtack
on the non-collared
side and the large paperclip end
on the collared
side and apply gentle bilateral pressure to push the pin and collar all the way back together.
Please note we use the thumbtack on the non-collared side because the pin cap has a nice concave surface into which the tack-tip fits nicely. The large paper clip must be wide enough to push the edge of the collar without slipping into its grasp.
5. Enjoy the Monster.