Here is a quick guide to assembling the Quartz Watch Make a Watch Kit. You can also use the instructions for the Make My Own Watch Mechanical Kit with some minor adjustments.
Here are a list of the tools needed to assemble this watch or you can buy the Make My Own Watch Tool Kit here.
- Bench Mat
- Microfiber Cloth
- Dust Blower
- Finger Cots
- Sand Paper
- Pin Vise
- Hand Presser
- Dial Protectors
- Movement Holder
- Case Holder
- Silicone Grease
- Case Press
- Spring Bar Tool
- End Cutter
Place the black hour wheel over the shaft and then the brass washer over the hour wheel.
Note about the dial
The dial that comes with this kit is painted white and is blank – with no indices or numerals to indicate hour, minute or second. There are a few ways to make your own dial at home. Here is a link to an article that walks you through the waterslide decal transfer method and another article that explains how to use photo paper to make a dial.
Cut stem to size
The stem that comes in your kit is too long for the watch and needs to be trimmed to fit properly. Before cutting the stem you will need to measure out where you will mark and cut the stem.
Use this guide to learn how to cut the stem to the correct length.
Attach crown to the stem
After the stem is cut to the correct length, use glue or loctite on the threaded end of the stem and screw the crown in place.
Mount the hands
Use the hand presses to install all three hands onto the movement. Place the hands in the 12 o’clock position. When all hands are in place, make sure that none are touching each other and are parallel with the dial. You can wind the crown to move the hands around the dial to make sure everything is working properly.
Install stem and crown
Place the movement, dial and all, into the case. Line up the where the stem inserts into with the case tube. Make sure the case is clean and dust free before doing so.
Insert the stem and crown into the movement until the crown is pushed in all the way against the case.
Place gasket on the watch back
Lubricate the case back gasket with silicone grease. Slip the gasket over the side of the case back lip, hold it in place with your thumb. Then, using your index finger and thumb of your other hand, stretch the gasket slightly to slip it around the rest of the case back and fit into place.
Press the watch back on
Align the notch on the case back with the watch stem and use a crystal press to press the watch back onto the watch. Use a soft cloth to protect the crystal when using the case press.
Click here to learn how to close a snap-on watch back with a press.
Attach the watch band
Use a spring bar tool to attach the watch band between the lugs of the case.
Click here to learn how to change a leather watch band.
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