re: reattaching hands

Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Tom McIntyre, Mar 6, 2001.

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  1. Tom McIntyre

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    The pipe on the hand goes over the pin (seconds arbor) in the center of the dial. There are no special tools for this, but a pair of tweezers will sometime help to hold the hand. Press it down until it is at the correct height visually. It should not take any real force to do this, just slight pressure with your finger.

    If it is loose and falls back off, the pipe needs to be tightened. This is a delicate operation and you may not want to do it without practicing on something you do not care about. The way my watchmaker does this is to lay the hand on a hard raised surface so that the pipe is flat and the hand is extended over the edge. A piece of double stick tape is useful to hold the hand in place. With the pipe flat on the plate, strike it very lightly with a razor blade to make a very small dent in the pipe. The dent will raise a bump on the inside of the pipe that will give a firmer grip on the seconds arbor.

    Good luck.

    Tom McIntyre
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