As per thread title, I have never tried messing with the component parts of any of my Seiko watches, and I have read some of the online ‘how-to’ guides which always go along the lines of “all you do is…”
I learned a very long time ago that anything worth doing can never be successfully achieved with an “all you do is…” mentality.
So, I made a titanium wrench to remove the back from a sacrificial Seiko 5 (which worked out pretty cool ) and I have an inexpensive hands removal tool, with an equally inexpensive hands setting tool (a double ended device of different diameters that resembles the end of a mechanical pencil, minus the lead).
My question is very simple really.
How do you seat the hands without pressing too gently (chance would be a fine thing) or without pressing far too hard, which is what I am really worried about, given that I am 6' 4" and 240 pounds
Any fool can screw things up handsomely but I’d rather avoid being said fool on this occasion – plenty of time to make a right old mess of it another day, and I’m pretty sure I will at some point.
So, how much pressure is enough ?
Is there a way of ‘feeling’ the hands seat properly ?
This is going to be done with minimal tooling and lots of patience and only to satisfy a curiosity.
If necessary I could arrange to clamp the watch centrally beneath a miniature press to guarantee a constant downward angle, but I would rather do this with the hand tools if possible.
Any mods I am considering will be done by someone who actually knows what they are doing so this is purely a 'curiosity killed the cat' thing.
I guess a lot of people get this itch – I just want to minimise the chances of messing up and, having seen the results of someone who claimed to know what they were doing, I am keen to avoid such monumental screw ups myself, if at all possible.
So I let the watch run down until it stopped and I have the back removed and the hands removed, after making a dial guard from acetate sheet.
How do I get the whole lot back together again without killing the movement or without using too little pressure to effectively seat the hands ?
Thanks in advance.