The build actually begins.

The first.

I had purchased all of the required parts, it was finally time for the big build. This was my first dial, its not the dial I now have on my movement, I’ll explain.

Purchasing a dial that suits a movement isn’t about its diameter, first mistake. You need to ensure that the outside diameter of the dial will fit the inside diameter of the intended case, but more importantly the dial must have locating pins in the correct position to suit the movement and it must have the seconds sub-dial in the correct position should it not be situated with the hour and minute hands. I had to buy another dial as I purchased one that suited my movement but didn’t fit the case, (whoops.)

Holes for the locating pins are situated at the 2 and 7 o’clock positions above.

The locating pins of the dial will sit into holes situated in set positions on the front face of the movement and locking screws are tightened on the rear of the movement to hold the dial in place. I therefore purchased a dial to suit my seagull ST36 movement.

Locking screws are situated within the slots at the 11 and 4 o’clock positions above.

I did however decide to continue with the installation of the hands on the first dial to give me a bit of practice without fear of damaging the dial (which I did)

Scratched dial and hands with spare seconds hand.

Once I became comfortable with the pressing on of the hands, I removed them and began the procedure of fitting the dial and hands that I had chosen for the final build.

Final seconds hand installed to suit hour and minute hands.

My dial and hands were now attached to the movement. By tightening the stem and crown in, I tested that the hands moved how they should, both in the setting of the time and time keeping itself.

In my opinion the correct tools for the job are the best tools for the job. The tools and aids I used to assemble my watch to this point were. Fine point anti-static tweezers, watch repair flat headed screwdriver set, small watch hand press and a 3.5x magnification headset with LED light. I’m not here to advertise for Amazon and Ebay but I must say my tools and equipment have all been from one of these two sites and they have been more than adequate.

I briefly described how to install the dial and hands onto a mechanical hand wound movement. Should you require more detailed information on this along with any watch repair, drop me an email using my contacts page and I’ll do my best to help.

If you have enjoyed this blog, please give it a like and a share. Tell your friends about it or maybe leave a comment. In my next blog I will be continuing with the build. Only stem cutting, strap fitting, installation within the case and packing out the movement to go.

Lastly, over the next week or so I’m happy to be able to bring to you my review of the Dent London Ministry Evolution watch. A limited edition piece that I have managed to have in my possession for a short period.

Thanks for reading.

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