Complex Movement Replacement

Check the price and the availability on our Movement guide for a similar shaped and size movement. The closer the better. In fact some movements are designed to fit the dial and hands thus making life easier.

For the repair to be a good one you need to

  • Have a good fit with the casing
  • Firmly fixed dial
  • firm hands that will not droop, catch or fall off
  • a button and stem that work the movement well and fits the casing.

It doesn’t sound difficult but sometimes the outcome is less than perfect and so there is the possibility of the watch returning with problems. Always try to source the original movement before fitting a different one.

The steps are: First dismantle the watch

Remove Movement

Remove Hands

Remove Dial

Reassembly is where you will need to adapt and make parts fit one another.

  • Do the dial feet fit the movement. If not then you will need to cut the dial feet off and stick the dial to the movement (this is the step which there is no return from. You have caused irreparable change to the watch) 
    Cut the dial feet neatly to the dial by sawing through them with a knife.
    Sticking the dial on the movement can be done quickly with dial spots or with dabs of epoxy resin
  • Now you need to see if the hands fit. If they don’t then you need to either find new hands or if that’s not an option then you will have to adjust the old hands to fit
  • Will the new movement fit the existing packing ring. If not you will have to find/adapt a packing ring
  • If the stem fits then you are lucky. If not you will need to make a new crown and stem. Sometimes you can reuse the old crown

It’s now time to assemble it and see how good it is. You want the movement not to wobble in the casing and the time to be easily adjusted with the winder. On top of that you want the watch as water resistant as possible.

Well Done. Test the watch for 24 to 48 hours. If not quite right, re-check your work, the hands especially.
If the watch continues to have the same symptoms then you need to look at the watch casing, stem, watch back and glass for the solution to the problem.