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Postby arubalou » March 26th 2014, 4:38pm

i am strongly considering assembling a watch from parts and have a question. the case i want comes with 2 "tubes" would these be winding tubes for the stem? how much skill is needed to install one of these? thanks for the help. lou
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Re: tubes

Postby 3Flushes » March 31st 2014, 4:35am

The tube is indeed where the stem goes through the case and attaches to the hand arbor inside, and is what the crown sits on, or screws into in the #1 position. They either screw in, or are friction fit. There are special tools for the job that will either push in a friction fit tube, or screw in the tube from the top for stem and pusher tubes. Easy job. Getting the tube tight without bending or crimping the portion that protrudes from the case can be tricky without the right tool however, especially if you try to work from the side of the tube vs the top. The pusher/stem tools come in fixed diameters, or sets. The hobby quality ones are pretty reasonably priced.
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