About hand removal...

by technoguy

 

It is fairly easy to remove the hands from a wristwatch movement without using a hand puller. I have always used an Exacto knife. Obtain one with a thin blade that can be extended from the handle so that you can extend it about 3/4 of an inch out of the handle. Place a thin sheet of paper between the dial and where the edge of the blade will rest as you use its other edge to pry off the hand.


Now for an important tip. I have found that, when prying off a hand with the thin blade of the knife, it's best to work slowly from one side of the hand to the other. That is, don't try to pry off a hand by just inserting the edge of the blade under one side of the hand and prying it up in one effort. This can result in a slight stretching and distortion of the hole in the hand that can result in a loose hand when it is reattached later. By carefully working from side to side of the hand, you will produce minimum distortion in the hole and the hand will then fit properly when it is later reattached.


technoguy



Posted on Oct 12, 2005, 3:06 AM

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