How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?
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    How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    I say I didn't want the sub-dial on the face of the dial (and I can get a replacement dial that doesn't have a sub-seconds dial/hole) how easy is it to convert a 3 hander movement with sub-seconds into a two hander with no second hand at all?

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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Shoemaker way - easy. Just clip the second hand post that sticks up and do not install the second hand.


    Proper way - buy a new canon pinion and fourth wheel specifically for a 2 hand version of your movement (assuming that movement comes with that option. You will need to disassemble though.


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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    I'll enquire with the factory that is producing this movement and see if they can do this - definitely want the proper way rather than snipping the post.

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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    If you have a lathe and medium skills not too big a deal. A lot of movements used the same jewel/pivot size regardless of if there was an extended pivot or not. Shortening a long pivot correctly requires lathe work, or finding original parts.

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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Just buy another watch with the technical specifications that suit you.
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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Nail clippers.





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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Ha - thanks for the more unorthodox suggestions. I should have clarified that the reason I'm looking to do this is I'm currently considering using a particular movement in a watch for manufacturing purposes. Hence I may be able to contact the factory and ask them to create a 2 hander version of their 3 hander movement (if all it requires is for the factory to create a (simpler?) 4th wheel). The main question now is if I can get them to manufacture such a modification for a 300 movement order.

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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Just replace it with a 2 hander quartz movement, no-one will notice the difference


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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    Nail clippers.





    KIDDING!!!!!!
    You might be kidding, but it happens...this is from the factory by the way on a watch I got in for service that had the seconds hand deleted on that specific model...

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    Re: How easy is it to modify a 3 hander (sub-seconds) watch into a two hander?

    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    You might be kidding, but it happens...this is from the factory by the way on a watch I got in for service that had the seconds hand deleted on that specific model...
    Clearly, they weren't using the $200 Bergeon nail clippers...

    Though what this really reminds me of is "What the eye don't see, the cook gets away with."
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