First watch repair effort ... got it all apart expect the center post.
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Any suggestions about how to remove it? (without using a hammer)
Pinvise on the cannon pinion, hold the center wheel with your fingers and twist/pull.
Center punch of your staking set on the exposed tip of the center arbor in the exact middle of the cannon pinion.
Cannon Pinion remover.
Very cool! Thanks. I actually have a cannon pinion remover but didn't know what it was called or that the 'center post thingy' is called a cannon pinion. Thanks again and wish me luck.