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    How to fix crooked markers - DIY

    We've all gotten a rep with crooked markers. you swear you won't let it happen again and then it does, arghh.

    So, what to do? Time for a little marker surgery.

    Here's the patient. The 6 marker is crooked anti-clockwise. The 12 marker is also - I would have let that one go but while I'm at it I decided to fix that one too. I like to look down the dial from a flat angle at rectangular markers. You can do this on a regular pic by holding your phone almost flat.







    Hands and dial have to come off


    Scrape the glue off the back of the dial where the marker pins are then push the pins out with a needle







    Then you need to assess why the marker was crooked and decide which pin to remove. Sometimes the pins are offset on the marker.


    Sometimes the holes in the dial aren't aligned


    Next you need to remove the pin that gives you the best chance of straightening the marker by pivoting it about the remaining pin.

    Tape the marker down and sand or file one pin off. You can clip some of the pin off with nail clippers.















    Next, clean up the markers with rodico and mix up some glue. I use BSI 30 min epoxy. I love the stuff, it gets thicker and doesn't run if you let it sit for 5 mins or so. You only need a tiny ribbon of glue. I make sure some goes in the hole where there is still a pin.








    Now for the money shot. Place the marker on top of the glue ribbon. You can use plastic tweezers or rodico. The 12 marker is very hard to hold with tweezers. Use a toothpick to restrain the marker while lifting the rodico away. Often you won't be lucky enough to get the pin in the hole right away but it should be close. Gently nudge the marker toward its proper place and when the pin is over or in the hole you can use a piece of dial protector or a hand tool to press the marker home. Then pivot the marker left or right so it's straight.


    AFTER the markers are set and the epoxy is cured, add a small drop of glue on the dial underside. Let it ooze down the holes and harden a little, but DON'T leave it that way long as the glue can ooze past the marker on the dial side where the pin was removed.



    And voila, straight markers, yay!





    Thanks for looking. Practice on a junk dial, it's not so hard to do.

    Last edited by KJ2020; 22-11-20, 02:17.
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    #2
    Subscribed. My local watchsmith tends to hate this kind of repair job. Thank you sir.

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      #3
      Thanks for this. For me the hard part is putting the hands back on. it's that darn second hand. I've only removed hands from 3 watches. Went smooth on one and the watch I actually cared about I cannot get that second hand on and bent it. It's a miyota 82xx series. If the hand pops back on the movement freezes. I don't get it. Anyway, excellent tutorial. Since you put glue on the front of the dial is this a one time only deal? Do you think it would work on the back side of the dial only?

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        #4
        Originally posted by shinynewbling25 View Post
        Thanks for this. For me the hard part is putting the hands back on. it's that darn second hand. I've only removed hands from 3 watches. Went smooth on one and the watch I actually cared about I cannot get that second hand on and bent it. It's a miyota 82xx series. If the hand pops back on the movement freezes. I don't get it. Anyway, excellent tutorial. Since you put glue on the front of the dial is this a one time only deal? Do you think it would work on the back side of the dial only?
        I wouldn't recommend underside glue only on this type of repair. You would have to put the right quantity of glue down the hole without a pin and wait for it to ooze to the front. Then turn the dial over and position the marker. Meanwhile the marker is hanging on by one pin, probably pulling away on the unpinned end. I guess you could tape the marker into a proper position, using other markers as tape anchors. But there's risk to the lume plots. Gluing on top is the best way.
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          #5
          This is a great DIY tuto here, thank you for this!

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            #6
            Thanks for putting the tutorial together while you did the repairs. Great work. Must be very satisfying.

            I have a Noob Sea-Dweller like this and haven't bothered to fix it. Maybe I never will, but at least now I know what to refer to if I do.

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              #7


              Awesome tutorial. Thankyou.

              I didn’t know it was glue on the rear holding the pins, I thought they were brazed or something similar. Are Gen dials the same?
              Last edited by scottiedog; 22-11-20, 09:05.

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                #8
                Classic big bro KJ bringing in QUALITY CONTENT. Thank you for this!

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                That's some blazing pretentious sniffing your own fart shite right there going on about gens being valuable and better because they can be passed on to children and such. Heck, that's advertising right in line with the De Beers diamond cucks

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                  #9
                  I would rather just pay you to do this.......
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                    #10
                    Excellent. Thank you.

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                      #11
                      KJ2020 nice tutorial. always informative.

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                        #12
                        We are all related in time since time is relative to us all.
                        GMT Movements Explained
                        BP Rolex 16710 GMT Full Review VS Gen
                        Swap your CHS movement to ICHS - possible?
                        The Fantasy Watch Thread
                        Noob GMT's poor bezel design
                        Ceramic insert paint mod

                        Double Nine Gonzo!

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                          #13
                          We are all related in time since time is relative to us all.
                          GMT Movements Explained
                          BP Rolex 16710 GMT Full Review VS Gen
                          Swap your CHS movement to ICHS - possible?
                          The Fantasy Watch Thread
                          Noob GMT's poor bezel design
                          Ceramic insert paint mod

                          Double Nine Gonzo!

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                            #14
                            KJ2020 Only just read this top quality tutorial after you linked to it on a “ugh my marker is squiffy” post. Really excellent as usual, thanks!
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                              #15
                              What a awesome post, this is the quality content I look for on RWI

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