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Don't Mar The Dials

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, April, 1942

Don't Mar The Dials
D. L. Shaw

In removing the hour and minute hands with any type of remover, cut from a photo-film negative a number of pieces one-half (1/2) inch square.

With your No. 72 flat-faced punch and staking tool, punch a round hole in the center of each 1/2 inch piece of film.

With scissors the slot should be cut to the hole as shown in sketch herewith.

Place one of these film discs underneaith the hour hand and any sort of remover tool will not in any way disfigure the surface of a fine dial

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