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Installing hands...tool or tweezers??


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The title pretty much says it all.  Do you use one of those specialized tools to install watch hands, or do you use tweezers?  Inquiring mind wants to know!

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I use the Horotec hand tools with Delrin tips. I work primarily on vintage stuff. I have one of the fancy hand press vertical plunger tools, but don't care for it. I prefer to feel my way in the alignment.

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6 hours ago, fixermole said:

 

 

7 hours ago, LittleWatchShop said:

Do you use one of those specialized tools to install watch hands, or do you use tweezers? 

To press precisely, without risk of damage, you need to use a tube of the correct size, certainly not tweezers.

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We all have our methods. I usually just push them on using (1st Pic) these making sure the hand is straight and not fowling. For chronographs the small hands I have found this tool very good (2nd pic).

 

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45 minutes ago, jdm said:

 

To press precisely, without risk of damage, you need to use a tube of the correct size, certainly not tweezers.

So how do you think watch repairs managed in bygone years? They used tweezers. 

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3 hours ago, clockboy said:

We all have our methods. I usually just push them on using (1st Pic) these making sure the hand is straight and not fowling. For chronographs the small hands I have found this tool very good (2nd pic).

 

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I ordered the second one this morning. Will give it a try. I have always used tweezers. Open to new methods.

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