crystal is the clear plastic or glass portion of your watch that protects the
watch dial from dust and other kinds of damage while being worn and allows you
to tell the time without having x-ray vision. Over time your watch crystal
can be scratches, cracked or broken and need to be replaced. Instead of
throwing out your favorite watch when the crystal is damaged, learn how to
replace with with this guide. In this guide you will learn how to remove
almost any type of watch crystal
from almost any watch.
Some of these
guides may require you to remove all the inner workings of the watch movement
from the watch case to safely remove the watch crystal from the case, and others
may involve high heat or chemical processes. If at any point you feel
unsure about one part of the process, you should stop at take your watch to a
professional watchmaker to avoid damaging it permanently.
or Tension Ring Crystals
If you have a
watch crystal that is held in place with a gasket or a tension ring, you have a
couple different options for removing your watch crystal. It is usually
best to try to remove this type of crystal with hand pressure first, and if that
doesn't work, to try using a watch crystal press. To learn how to do
either of these things, check out these links:
If your watch
crystal is held in place with glue, there a several different ways to remove the
crystal some of which involve chemicals and high heat. Always start by
trying to remove a glued in crystal with hand pressure first and if that doesn't
work, then move up to trying to remove it with heat or chemicals. Be aware
that if you watch cases have any sort of additional embellishments in the metal,
you won't be able to use chemicals or heat to remove the crystal. To learn
how to remove glued in crystals, check out these links:
Compression Fit Crystals
If you have an
unbreakable crystal in your watch, chances are good that it is held in place
with a compression fitting. The easiest way to remove a compression fit
crystal is to use a crystal lift. Check out this link to learn how to
remove a compression fit crystal.
Bezel fit watch
crystals are fairly uncommon but if you happen to have a watch with a bezel fit
crystal, there are two different ways you can use to remove it from the case.
You can remove a bezel fit crystal with either hand pressure and a bench knife
or a watch crystal press. Be aware that if your watch case has a three
part bezel you will need to press out the second retainer ring from the watch
bezel as well - this type of bezel fit crystal is not covered in these articles.
If there is strong resistance to pressing the crystal out, do not continue –
seek professional help.