Mastering Watch Mechanics: How to Remove the Movement of Your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The movement is the heart and soul of your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, driving its precise timekeeping and intricate functions. Removing the movement is a delicate procedure typically performed during watch maintenance or repairs. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to safely remove the movement from your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, enabling you to master the art of watch mechanics.

1. Ensure a Proper Workspace

Prepare a clean and organized workspace with ample lighting. Work on a soft and padded surface to protect the watch's case and movement during the procedure.

2. Safety Precautions

Before proceeding, ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to handle delicate watch components. If you are not a skilled watchmaker or experienced in watch repairs, it is highly recommended to seek assistance from an authorized Audemars Piguet service center or a professional watchmaker.

3. Gather Essential Tools

To safely remove the movement, you will need specialized watchmaker's tools, including:

  • Watchmaker's screwdrivers in various sizes.
  • A pair of tweezers with fine tips.
  • Movement holder or a soft cloth to securely hold the movement.
  • A movement ring opener for watches with a retaining ring.

4. Open the Case Back

Using the appropriate case back removal tool or watch case opener, carefully open the case back to access the movement inside the watch.

5. Remove the Crown and Stem

Unscrew the crown and carefully remove the stem from the movement. This step is crucial to ensure smooth removal of the movement from the case.

6. Securely Hold the Movement

Place the movement in a movement holder or wrap it in a soft cloth to protect it from scratches and to keep it stable during the removal process.

7. Unscrew Retaining Screws

For some watch models, there may be retaining screws securing the movement to the case. Use the appropriate watchmaker's screwdriver to carefully unscrew these retaining screws.

8. Lift the Movement

With the retaining screws removed, gently lift the movement from the case, making sure to guide it out carefully to avoid any damage.

9. Inspect and Service

Once the movement is removed, you can inspect it for any issues, perform necessary maintenance, or proceed with the required watch repairs.


Removing the movement from your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a complex task that requires precision and expertise. If you are not a trained watchmaker or experienced in watch repairs, it is strongly advised to seek professional assistance to avoid causing damage to your cherished timepiece.

A qualified watchmaker can safely handle the movement, perform necessary maintenance, and ensure that your Audemars Piguet Royal Oak continues to operate with horological excellence for years to come.

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