watch crown is worn out or you just want to replace it to change the look of
your watch, you can easily remove it yourself with help from this guide.
The first thing you will need to do before you
can remove the watch crown is open the watch case back. To learn more about
opening your watch
case, check out this link.
Once you have opened your watch case back,
your next step is to remove your watch stem. Examine the watch movement
where the stem connects. You will see either a small screw holding the stem
in place or a small indent in the metal surrounding the stem.
If your stem is held in place with a small
screw, you will want to use this article on
How to Remove a Stem - Screw Type Stem Removal to remove it.
If your stem looks like it just connects to the
movement look for a small indent to release the stem, you will want to use this
How to Remove a Watch Stem - Push Style Stem Removal to remove it.
After you have removed the stem from the
movement and watch case, leaving everything else in place, you are just
about ready to remove the crown. Take your pin vise and open the jaws wide
so you can slide the stem into the opening. Position the stem in the
pin vise with the crown end facing up and out of the vise. Carefully slide
the closing ring up the pin vise to close the jaws around the stem and grip
Make sure that the stem is positioned with
roughly half of the threaded portion inside the vise and half outside. Check to
make sure that the pin vise is completely closed and locked around the stem to
When you are
sure that the stem has been secured, you are ready to remove the crown from
the stem. Grip the pin vise securely in one hand and the crown at the end of
the stem in your other. Then in one quick motion, turn the pin vise one
direction and the watch crown in the opposite direction to break the seal
between the stem and the watch crown.
After you have broken the seal, hold the pin vise steady and simply unscrew
the watch crown from the stem by turning it counter-clockwise until it comes
free. Set the watch crown aside in your parts tray.
Now that the
watch crown is free you can measure it or replace it as necessary. For these or
other handy watch repair tips and tricks, check out our