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How to Replace 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 insert almost any type of watch crystal into 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 replace the watch crystal, and others may involve high heat or adhesives.  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.

 

Glued In Crystals

If your watch crystal is held in place with glue, there a several different types of glue you can use to reattach the crystal to your watch case.   Be aware that you will most likely want to remove the watch movement from the watch case before attempting to glue your crystal back into place to keep from damaging it or getting it covered in any of the recommended adhesives.  To learn how to attach a watch crystal to the watch case with glue, check out these links:

 



Compression Fit Crystals

If you have an unbreakable crystal for your watch, chances are good that it is held in place with a compression fitting.  The easiest way to replace a compression fit crystal in your watch case is to use a crystal lift.  Check out this link to learn how to insert a compression fit crystal.

 


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 will most likely need to use a watch crystal press to press it securely into place.  To learn how to do use a crystal press, check out this article:

 


 

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Crystal Clear - Ultraviolet Glass Adhesives
Watch Crystal Glue Clear Ultraviolet Adhesives UV 2 mL with Precision Applicator Tip
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Watch Crystal Glue Clear Ultraviolet Adhesives UV 2 mL with Precision Applicator Tip
This watch crystal adhesive is fast bonding and UV activated. This watchmakers epoxy is clear epoxy. The UV adhesive only cures in the actual repair, making it easy to clean up the excess epoxy. A heavy duty UV epoxy for setting watch crystals.
GS Crystal Hypo Cement Watch Crystal Glue
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GS Crystal Hypo Cement Watch Crystal Glue
GS Crystal Cement was designed specifically for both plastic and glass watch crystals. It is an essential for any watchmakers or jewelers bench, it is a multipurpose epoxy adhesive and fast bonding glue. Comes in a handy glue applicator.
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Watch Crystal Fitting Tool Kit Crystal Replacement Set
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Watch Crystal Fitting Tool Kit Crystal Replacement Set
This watch crystal repair and replacement kit has all the tool necessary for quick and easy watch crystal work. These tools have been carefully chosen by our experienced watchmakers, whose combined experience totals decades. Great tool kit for beginners.
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Watch Gaskets Waterproof Flat Black Gaskets
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Watch Gaskets Waterproof Flat Black Gaskets
Gaskets are an essential watch part that maintains the water resistance of watches. These flat gaskets are great for watchmakers because you order only the sizes you need to ensure that you always have the right gasket on hand during a watch repair.
Jewelry and Watch Micrometer Digital Caliper 100mm 4" Jewelry Tool
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Jewelry and Watch Micrometer Digital Caliper 100mm 4" Jewelry Tool
Electronic digital caliper jewelry tool. A caliper is a must have tool for any jewelry or watchmaker. Easily measure metals and gemstones, while creating or repairing jewelry or watches. Measure in inches or millimeters.
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"Attack" Epoxy Resin and Adhesive Dissolver Solvent Remover & Cleaner
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"Attack" Epoxy Resin and Adhesive Dissolver Solvent Remover & Cleaner
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.
Ultraviolet Curing Lamp UV Glue and Epoxy Adhesive Drying Light
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Ultraviolet Curing Lamp UV Glue and Epoxy Adhesive Drying Light
This ultraviolet lamp is for curing UV glues, epoxies, and adhesives. The UV light will cure the glue in no time. It is safe to use on all jewelry and watch materials. Great for gluing and replacing watch crystals.
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Bergeon 4266 Watch Crystal Remover Tool Crystal Lift 10 mm to 45 mm
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Bergeon 4266 Watch Crystal Remover Tool Crystal Lift 10 mm to 45 mm
This high quality Begeon Swiss 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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Bergeon 5700 Watch Back Opener for Waterproof Watches
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Bergeon 5700 Watch Back Opener for Waterproof Watches
This Bergeon watch tool makes watch repair including watch battery replacement and watch crystal fitting easier. Press is designed to press crystals or close watch case backs. The 16 metal dies have been highly polished to prevent scratching watch cases.
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Watch Crystal Round Sapphire Watch Crystal .80 mm Thick
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Watch Crystal Round Sapphire Watch Crystal .80 mm Thick
These .80 mm sapphire watch crystals are nearly unbreakable making them highly prized by watchmakers for work on name brand watches. These crystals are used in almost every popular name brand watch because they are tough and scratch resistant.
Watch Crystal Round Sapphire Watch Crystal 1.0 mm Thick
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Watch Crystal Round Sapphire Watch Crystal 1.0 mm Thick
These 1.0 mm sapphire watch crystals are nearly unbreakable making them highly prized by watchmakers for work on name brand watches. These crystals are used in almost every popular name brand watch because they are tough and scratch resistant.


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