Using Your Forstner Beads of Rice
Below are instructions for using and sizing your Forstner Beads of Rice bracelet.
- Attaching to Watch Case
The Forstner Beads of Rice bracelet attaches to the watch just like any other strap or bracelet. Align the end piece into the watch lugs, and compress the spring bars inward until they "click" into the watch's lug holes.
- Removing Bracelet Links
The Forstner Beads of Rice utilizes a common type of screw-link system for band resizing. The screw system is self-containing, meaning that the screw does not secure into the link itself -- there is a small screw that is secured into a tube that goes through the length of the link. This type of screw system ensures that the screw will not become loose due to the natural rotation of the watch links, as the screw is completely independent from the links.
To remove a link, secure the screw on one side to stop it from moving (for best results, use a mini screwdriver, and unscrew the other end. You'll notice a small screw start to emerge from the link. Once it's out, put it somewhere where you won't lose it, and push out the tube end (something like a toothpick can push it out). Then, the links will separate. Remove as many links as necessary for comfort, and repeat the process in reverse to screw the links back together. The easiest way to screw it back together is to secure the small screw in the link while you screw the tube into the small screw (less fiddling with the small screw).
To avoid scratching the bracelet during link adjustment, put a piece of tape on the side of the bracelet - the mini screwdriver will pierce the tape to enter the slat in the screw, but if you slip, the screwdriver should not directly contact the bracelet itself.
The below video shows one way to remove the links (a way that we personally find simple and effective). Although the video is of the Flat Link, the removal system is exactly the same.
- Clasp Adjustment:
The Beads of Rice clasp is of a style that will be familiar to many. There are small pin-holes along the length of the side of the clasp. To use the micro adjustment, push in the pins on the back side of the clasp and move forward until you reach the proper fit.
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