To get the hand off your Starrett 711 test indicator, you'll want to use a pair of hand lifters as shown above. Place the lifters on either side of the pinion and when you push the handles downward, the blades of the lifters will cause the hand to slide up and off the center pinion. You can improvise using two flat blade screw drivers, but beware, you're likely to break the pinion if you're not careful.
This item was taken from page 9 of our Repair Manual for Starrett Last Word Indicators. Instructions for the complete repair of your Starrett 711 Test Indicator are included in our new publication shown on page 199.