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How to choose suitable watches tools for repairing? Our expert's advise

All the watch repair tools a watchmaker will ever need

A full set of watches repair equipments is more of the watches repairer dream working station.

Watches repair station table layout, around the repairing green mate

What does a watch repair tool kit include?


Start with a Eye Loupe. A lot of watchmakers enjoy the classic loupe, while others prefer using an Headband Magnifier. Usually you don’t perform the same type of work so you could get both.

Get a Knife Case Opener for snap-on watch case backs usually found on vintage watches. Cautiously place the blade in the space found on the side of the case and press it firmly until you feel the blade going under the back. Move the knife up and down to remove the back.

You will need a Watch Case Opener for screw back watches. Some watches case opener is made of rubber to avoid scratching cases or crystals and providing safety. You just need to place the tool above the watch back, press down to create suction and twist to unscrew the back off. This tool is perfect for waterproof watches with their screw back cases.

A spring bar tool is a must to replace straps. There are cheaper options but going for higher quality will minimize the time spent removing spring bars. This then reduces the risk of scratching a watch.

Sometimes the head length of the spring bar tool won’t be enough. You need to get a Pin Remover

With a Watch Holder, you will be able to secure hold the watch while working on it.

A high-quality crystal lift is required for replacing crystals.

A set of screwdrivers is mandatory. You can either start with good set is on its rotating stand, really conveniant on the work bench. Also pick a set of non magnetic tweezers.

Depending on the desired viscosity for each component, you will need different kinds of watch oils.

For cleaning parts, you will need a good ultrasonic cleaner with timer and heater.

A dust cover is then required to protect your work while you are working on different parts, you don’t want to lose the watch hands!

You will therefore also need a proper demagnetizer. Plug it in and place the watch on top the demagnetizer. Simply press the button and after 10 seconds remove the watch before releasing the button.

A timegrapher is a central piece for any watchmaker. There are many references available on the market, some with more advanced option which also includes a printer.

Often forgotten, caliper is such a useful tool. This will allow you to measure all sorts of things with your watch such as the exact lug width, diameter or thickness.

A UV flashlight is also a great little tool that you can use to check the lume on vintage watches.

If you are a beginner, it is very important that you do not start with a watch that you like. The first one will always be ruined. We rather advise you to start with a non-working but nice antique pocket watch. The movements and the parts will be bigger making it easier but the principles remain the same.

A good pocket watch movement to start would be the ETA 6497 or its cheaper Chinese equivalent, the Seagull ST3600. If you are feeling more confident, you can try a normally sized movement with the Sellita SW210-1 Movement.

Now if you have read all along, we have included a gift with a link including all the items listed above for you to shop directly on Watches Essential(Robert Lam trading-SG). Please review the items before ordering as it includes all options, you might not need to add to cart two same tools!

It will be useful to open watch cases, replace watch batteries along with all you need to size, install and remove bracelets like a link remover. It comes with a carrying case which is always convenient.

Final pro tip: get yourself a label maker! They are cheap and will help you remain organized. By now you should be all set, time to fix some watches!

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