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    Did a little watchsmithing

    I bought this Ticino on a clearance sale quite a while ago, but I never really liked the hands. So, I got brave and ordered up a pair of E-Bay hands. I got them on, but man is there some small screws in there! I didn't do a very professional job, (I would be mad if I paid $ for job!) but they are on and I am happy.
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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Wow! drastic improvment...maks it look much nicer
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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Wow that does look great. It went from a boy to a gentleman, nice addition

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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Small screws in a watch ? Where ?

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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Quote Originally Posted by dennisp5 View Post
    I bought this Ticino on a clearance sale quite a while ago, but I never really liked the hands. So, I got brave and ordered up a pair of E-Bay hands. I got them on, but man is there some small screws in there! I didn't do a very professional job, (I would be mad if I paid $ for job!) but they are on and I am happy.
    Huge improvement! Well done. What screws did you have trouble with though, I assume there's a 6497 in there... You should be able to get the hands off without touching a screw after removing the crown (loosen 1 tiny screw) and removing the movement (remove 2 tiny screws)?

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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    This one has three screws holding the movement in. It's not really the screws that are tough, it's the plates that actually hold the movement in that give me fits. If I continue to take my watches apart, I will have to buy some proper tools. My 52 year old eyes dictate one of those fancy magnifiers on a headband to be the first!
    Thanks for the compliments,
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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Right choice Dennis, looks wonderful!!!

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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    by the looks of it, you only spent 3 hours 4 minutes!

    looks fresh. much bvetter


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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    I have that watch, I agree the stock hands are kinda ugly. But it's a great watch, just wish it wasn't so big. I have mine on a brown hirsch liberty, you should try one they really make it more comfortable, quite a thick strap which a huge 47mm monster(without the huge crown) needs.

    WHat did you use to set the hands with? That has been a great challenge for me in the past, have never gotten it right. Luckily I practice on crappy watches I dont care about. I always seem to mess up the hand.

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    Re: Did a little watchsmithing

    Polaco23, good catch! The watch was actually not running in the first pic. About three hours is pretty close though. I never looked at the time when I took the pics.
    W123, Mine is on a Jürgen's Flieger which is a very nice strap, thick and soft.
    You are right though. it is big and not the most comfortable watch I own.
    I set the hands (using the term "set" loosely) with a too big kind of gnarly pair of tweezers. You can't see in the pic, but the minute hand is quite distorted where I manhandled it on. That's where the "mad if I paid $" comment came from! The old eyes thing makes it a little more acceptable though as I really can't see it!
    Thanks again for the comments,
    Dennis

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