So many of you saw the result in this thread:
I thought I would share the process of swapping hands on Johnís 210. When John asked me to install some gold hands on his 210, I wondered if this might be some sort of Panerai heresy but as far as I'm concerned, if it's your watch, you can do with it as you please. So, I was happy to do this for John.
Here's the before shot:
So the watch deserved a very clean work space. Not that it's not always clean, just not this tidy.
The first struggle was getting the case back off. It was VERY tight, so I had to improvise something to hold the case while I turned the back off since this case is too big for my case holder. My wife was kind enough to help and we put down a towel, screwed 2 pieces of wood to my workbench (wrapped in carpet underlay to give some grip). Jacqui held the wood and I was able to turn the back off finally!
So with the back off let's look at some anatomy. The red arrow indicates the stem release. Turn this and pull the stem out. The green arrows show the screws that are for holding the movement in the watch.
Stem is out.
Here is a cloer look at the movement screw - it has a small tab that fits into a groove in the case and this clamps the movement to the case.
Here's the screw and clamp removed:
Once this is done, the movement simply drops out - I remove it onto some lintless watchmaker's paper.
And now I prepare to remove the old hands. First I put down a protector for the dial, then use my hands levers to pry the old hands off.
Next I press the hour hand in place and line it up with the 12.
Then the minute hand is placed and with care to make sure it lines up with the hour hand at the 12.
Then the movement is put back into the case, and the movement clamps are put back. Next I clean the stem and put on some fresh stem grease.
I inspected the case back gasket and it's in great shape, but a little dry so I use the silicone grease for that.
After a little cleaning around the movement to remove some smudges left there when the watch was made, I install the case back and the strap and I'm done!
Wrist shot before it went back to Johnny.
Of course the old hands are still fine and available to be put back on if John ever changes his mind about the look of this watch.
Thanks for looking.
A true friend stabs you in the front.