How do I adjust a mesh strap?

How do I adjust a mesh strap?

Adjusting a Mondaine mesh steel strap is easy but there are a couple of pitfalls of which you should be aware.

In the next few steps I will explain how easy is to adjust your watch, if you have chosen a mesh strap particularly. Mesh straps are very popular lately they all go very well with our collection of Mondaine watches and some of our clients prefer mesh and not leather.

See steps below:

Step 1.  On the reverse of the strap you should see a succession of ridges.  You will also notice a corresponding ridge on the clasp.  Sounds obvious, but once you have decided where the clasp should reside on the strap, you need to align these two ridges.

The reverse of the strap

Step 2. Get a piece of string or ribbon and wrap it around your wrist.  Snip the string so that one end meets the other and measure this diameter.

Step 3.  On the other end of the strap you will see the hook which goes over the clasp – you will see the next picture.  From this hook the measured distance will be where the end of the string lies.

The clasp mechanism - the watch is to the right of the picture

Step 4.  This is the tricky bit!  Insert a small screwdriver into the hole on the main clasp part, from the right hand side and bend it down towards the strap thus opening the clasp.  Do not  insert a tool from the left side, under the clasp and use the bar as a fulcrum; you will bend this rod and the watch strap will not hook over it.  Move the clasp to the desired position and gently locate the ridge nearest the position.  Once located, press down on the open clasp until it clicks into place – voila!

Comments (11)
Jana Forster
- July 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm Reply

I’ve just bought a mesh strap to replace my old leather one. I followed the instructions to fit it only to find that the ridges do not continue far enough to make the strap short enough for my wrist. Have you got any recommendations for how to deal with this? I have fairly small wrists- but the ridges stop far too early even for a larger wrist than mine.
Obviously as it stands I have cut off the old leather strap and now cannot use the new one, so any advice would be appreciated!

- February 17, 2012 at 12:45 am Reply


Thank you very much for these directions! You helped me out; I was worried I’d have to take it to a jewelers and have it adjusted or something. Very clever and I’m so glad all it takes is a Swiss Army knife to adjust it!

Best regards,


- September 25, 2012 at 12:51 am Reply

OMG thank you so much for this information. I was looking everywhere trying to adjust my new lovely mesh watch.

- October 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm Reply

By following your instructions , I have changed the mesh steel strap of my MONDAINE WATCH VERY EASLY .
Many thanks for your assistance.
Best regards from Turkey.
Arun Ozcan

- May 15, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

How do you shorten/remove links from a Mondaine watch with a metal link band?

Lorraine Naidoo
- September 12, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

I have followed the instructions above to adjust the bracelet. Now could you please let me know how to fasten the bracelet? Thanks.

- December 14, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply


I have adjusted my strap to the closest ridge and it is still to big for my wrist by quite a long way. Any advice?


Carol Barnes
- January 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm Reply

I have a watch with the stainless steel strap but need to make it just slightly smaller than the ridges allow. Is this possible?


- May 13, 2014 at 12:04 am Reply

Agree with above…fastening is a bit problematic
I have lifted the small tab on the clasp with jeweller pliers but over a few days it gets loose again
I ride a bike to work and got the SS band to avoid moisture damage which is great but I don’t want to lose it because clasp is loose
Can you advise

- October 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm Reply

My wife’s steel mesh watch strap keeps undoing itself resulting in the her watch repeatedly falling off her wrist. Is there a recommended adjustment to help prevent this? Any guidance would be much appreciated as she is starting to wear the watch less and less as a consequence.

- October 21, 2018 at 6:42 am Reply

The small lug on the locking part of the strap is slightly worn, or has been distorted which means that the lock is weakened. A small pair of pliers is used to adjust the lug, or a visit to the local jeweller can often remedy it.

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