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How to Remove a Watch Crystal

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The 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.


Gasket Fit 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:

 

 

Glued In Crystals

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 Crystals

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.

 

 

 


 

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Watch Tool Crystal Press and Case Back Press with Nylon Dies
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Watch Tool Crystal Press and Case Back Press with Nylon Dies
This watch tool makes watch repair including watch battery replacement and watch crystal fitting easier. Press is designed to work for you by pressing crystals or closing watch case backs. The 14 nylon dies will not scratch or mar crystals or case backs.
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Deluxe Watch Tool Crystal Press and Case Back Press with 24 Nylon Dies
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Deluxe Watch Tool Crystal Press and Case Back Press with 24 Nylon Dies
This watch tool makes watch repair including watch battery replacement and watch crystal fitting easier. Press is designed to work for you by pressing crystals or closing watch case backs. The 24 nylon dies will not scratch or mar crystals or case backs.
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Choose the right tool to make the job easier. This set contains three assorted fixed-blade screwdrivers plus a double-ended keychain driver for your pocket.
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This is a high quality jewelry cleaning solution that can dissolve epoxies to allow you to reset stones in jewelry or can just clean up the excess epoxy & adhesive used during repair. It is safe for use on most metals making it great for jewelry cleaning.
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This high quality crystal lift was made to make removing and replacing watch crystals safe and easy. This watchmakers tool is just the thing to take the hassle out of removing watch crystals, now you can replace your watch crystal with ease.
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Watchmakers Swiss Watch Case Opener Knife 4"
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Watchmakers Swiss Watch Case Opener Knife 4"
This Swiss watch case back opener knife has been designed for ultimate ease of use. This case back opener features a fixed blade for added leverage and a hard plastic handle for easy gripping making removing snap-on watch case backs a breeze.


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