If you want a new watch, or you just want it to look new, you can easily take the DIY approach and make a new face for your wrist watch. By following the right procedure and using the proper tools, you can take apart a watch and replace the face with a new one. Modifying a watch also allows you to use your creativity and gives you the freedom of making your watch look the way you want.
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Things you need
- Butter knife
- Jewellers screwdriver
Pry the back of a watch off gently with the end of a butter knife. You may need to use a jeweller's screwdriver to get the back of the case off, if it is held on by screws. Take the movement component out of the back by unscrewing the screws that hold it in, or by pressing down on the tiny release button with the end of a pin while you pull on the end of the stem.
Remove the hands from the face after the movement component has been released, and set them aside so that you don't lose them. Separate the old face from the movement component by gently prying them apart with the end of a butter knife.
Place the old face on a piece of thin cardboard and trace the shape with a pencil. Cut the shape out with a pair of scissors. This is going to be the new face for your watch, so decorate it the way you want. Add numbers all the way around by starting with "12" at the top, "6" at the bottom, "3" and "9" in the correct spots and then you can draw the other numbers (or just notches) with a pen.
Punch a small hole in the middle of the new watch face with a sharp nail. Insert the hour wheel (the part that moves the hands) through the hole in the back of the new watch face and replace the hands. Position that hands at 12 o'clock so that the hands will pass the right points at the right time.
Put the movement component with the new face attached back into the watch case and put the back cover on. Set the watch to the current time and enjoy your "fresh-faced" wrist watch.
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