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    Changing watch hands

    I have a Muhle-Glashutte Teutonia II Weltzeit that I acquired recently.... see stock pic below. I really like the watch and wear if often now, but am struggling with the hour and minute hands. They are so thin that I don't pick them up visually at a quick glance. I do like the 24h hand (the hole at the tip makes it easy to see). Anyone here have thoughts about replacing the hour and minute hands with either colored ones or wider ones (maybe a flieger type hand would look good) and maybe lume hands? Thanks....
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    Re: Changing watch hands

    I agree with that sentiment. I think you should make your
    watch work for you.

    A watchmaker can easily make some changes. Here is an
    example. Swisservice in Salt Lake City did this for me.

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    Re: Changing watch hands

    I found a photo from before the hand change.

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    Re: Changing watch hands

    If you change the hands you have to change all hands and here the dilemma begins. You will not find a matching GMT hand with the exactly same position of the circle I am afraid. Furthermore hands and markers are matching colorwise. You would ruin this match and the visual appearance might turn into ugly. Just my two cents.
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    Re: Changing watch hands

    I would agree that it would take the "right" set of aftermarket hands to not mess up the look of the watch.
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    Re: Changing watch hands

    I do not see that changing one hand or two requires changing
    every hand.

    I agree it would be easy to upset the color balance. However,
    white is reasonably compatible with many colors, and watchmakers
    have the skills to modify the colors.

    A hand change could be made, keeping the old hands in case you
    wanted to revert to the original.


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    Re: Changing watch hands

    The week before last I reached out to Muhle-Glashutte by email to get the specs of the hands (hole diameters and lengths) in case I decide to change them, but I have not heard back. Does anyone here know the specs or how to get them, short of just measuring with a caliper? Thanks..

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    Re: Changing watch hands

    Most important, in my opinion you do not want to attempt removing
    the hands to measure with a caliper. You can do damage pressing
    a hand onto an unsupported shaft. Hand removal and setting is best
    left to a watchmaker.

    It appears there may be two different vintages of the Teutonia II
    Weltzeit. I don't know for sure. The first may use the Sellita SW240-1.
    The second may use the Sellita 330-1. Can you post photos of the
    movement in your watch?

    The hand fitting for the Sellita 330-1 is
    second hand 0.25 mm
    minute hand 0.90 mm
    hour hand 1.50 mm
    24 hour hand 1.80 mm

    The hand fitting for the Sellita 240-1 is the same for the top
    3 hands. I did not find the size of the 24 hour hand.

    Those numbers are common. However, a watchmaker should
    most likely not trust the numbers we give them, but look them
    up for them self.


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    Re: Changing watch hands

    Yes, I would definitely not do it myself. I was just trying to get my watch guy in Raleigh as much info as possible to be helpful. I'll try and post a movement pic later. Thanks!!

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    Re: Changing watch hands

    If these are silver-colored hands, a change to white without changing the shape may do the job. I’ve never seen repainted hands, but I would try it if possible.

    I’ve got two or three nearly illegible watches, and slim gold/silver hands against a dark dial are usually the culprit. However, I’ve yet to see any style of white hand that was a problem on a dark dial.
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