Stripping down my Helvetia gents watch – Part 1

This is a series of posts where I’ll be stripping down and cleaning an Helvetia gents watch.

Being my first attempt at horology, I don’t expect things to go straight forward but let’s give it a go.

Here are the tools i’ll be using for the project.

  • Basic watch movement holder
  • loupe
  • brass tweezers
  • 0.8mm, 1mm, 1.2mm precision screwdrivers


Step 1 sees the movement removed from the case, there’s normally¬† small hole to release the winder (crown), the pointers are removed next and finally the watch face itself. You’re left with the movement, ready to be dismantled.