There are many ways to remove hands from a watch but they fall into two types. The wrong way and the right way.
The right way is any way that ends up with no damage to hands or the dial.
Bergeon dial protectors go far to assist in achieving the perfect as the dial protector slips easily under the hands and allow the technician to pull the hand from the watch without scratching the dial.
These are a must for professional or hobbyists.