Advice needed: Hands pullers

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Advice needed: Hands pullers

#1 Post by ricoflan » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:23 am

Looking to step up my watch cleaning activities. Want to be able to clean dials. That means I need a hands puller / replacer. Can I get some opinions on what kit is best for a clumsy newbie like myself?

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Re: Advice needed: Hands pullers

#2 Post by GeneJockey » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:39 am

I use an old K&D puller and a piece of plastic cut in a V to protect the dial. Works like a charm.

For watches with sub-seconds, I leave the second hand on till I take off the dial, then let the force of lifting the dial off pull it off the post. Fewer bent 4th wheel posts that way.
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Re: Advice needed: Hands pullers

#3 Post by ricoflan » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:07 pm

Thanks for the feedback & advice.

Any tips on removing / replacing hands? How likely am I to screw this up?
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Re: Advice needed: Hands pullers

#4 Post by GeneJockey » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:17 pm

Cover the dial when removing hands. The hand pullers lift on two sides, so if you're going to do it without a puller, use two screwdrivers.

When replacing them, I use a punch from my staking set that fits over the cannon pinion but not the hour wheel. That allows me to push the hour hand onto the hour wheel pipe but not too far down it, and pushes on the area of the minute hand right around the hole, and it exerts force evenly all around.

The second hand, I very gently place on the post, then push down with tweezer tips.

In both cases, try not to exert too much force.
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