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Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:16 am
by lc130
I've read complaints on Amazon about some of the pullers. I'm just learning and practicing on a pocket watch. What puller and press for reinstalling hands are recommended?

Many thanks!

Kelly

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:07 am
by stryfox
I own a few types. I reach for these most often.
https://www.esslinger.com/watch-hand-re ... nd-puller/
As far as putting back on the quality is not as important if you are using a plastic tip to put them back on. The rest of the tool is just a convenience.

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:57 pm
by lc130
Stryfox,

Thank you for your reply. I need all the help I can get!

Kelly

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:35 pm
by stryfox
No problem. For install you can use one like this.https://www.esslinger.com/stella-euro-w ... ting-tool/
On a budget you can look for a cheaper one as the only thing that should touch the hands is the plastic tip so quality is not as important if you are not using it all the time.
Most times I use tweezers and a piece of pegwood to put them on. No press tool needed. Sometimes I use it but most times not necessary.

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:43 pm
by lc130
I ordered this https://www.esslinger.com/bergeon-30637 ... d-remover/

It got the hour/min hands off but the claw is too thick to get under the second hand. Any suggestions? Can something be improvised?

Thank you

Kelly

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:35 pm
by Tank
I have the Bergeon hand puller and find it too big for the tiny sub second hands also.
Fortunately the sub second hands come off with the dial easily, you just have to work over an area that safely catches the tiny bugger. You may be able to use a piece of rodico pull it off.

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:19 pm
by stryfox
For sub second hands I remove it when I pull the dial. Most dials have feet and have set screws of some kind. Either around the edge of the movement or the back. 2 or 3 feet. Again there are exceptions to the rule. Use caution.
Then lift the dial and the sub second hand will come with it.

Re: Need advice on hand puller

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:05 am
by lc130
That worked. The second hand came off with the dial.

Thank you!

Kelly