Dial Removal

Working with the dial and movement must be done in a clean area free of dust and dirt.

The dial is held onto the the movement with 2 “feet” (Short pins). The movement holds onto the dial feet by

  • Screw on side of the movement
  • None circular screw on the the movement
  • Sliding Lever
  • Double sided tape (dial spots) on very cheap watches and repaired watches
  • Friction between dial, case and movement (Rare but worth noting. One model of Bueche Girod has a stone dial and I have seen it broken because dial spots were used to fix it in place when in-fact the dial is meant to be left loose)

Note: there may be loose pieces that can be lost if you are not careful.

I advise using a latex glove of the left hand as this hand is more likely to touch something that can get marked. If you choose not to, then touch the movement and dial with the tweezers or on the very edge of the dial.


  • Check the loose pieces, like the hour wheel, are in the correct place
  • Check screws or levers that lock the dial feet in the movement are not in locked position
  • Line up the dial feet with the movement and insert. They should enter easily.
  • Lock movement and dial together (if applicable)
  • Check that the dial is in the centre of the movement
  • Clean any fingerprints and dust from movement and dial

Note: If the dial feet are broken, you can use dial spots (special double sided tape) to fit dial to the movement.