i posted this on rwi, but wanted to see what ya'll thought. maybe chieftang can chime in
The date Cyclops on the sandwich crystal for my pam186 “oiled” up on me. Not one full day of wearing the watch mostly indoors, plus one car drive to work and back for a total of 45 minutes or so and BAM, I notice the defect. I’m still not sure how it happened, but nonetheless it’s there and it’s unacceptable for me especially on a brand new watch. The glue seems to have melted, perhaps.
A good thread on a similar issue: http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/showthread.php/changeable-cyclopsi-72488.html?t=72488&highlight=chieftang%27s+cyclop
there were many more i stumbled on here at rwg too...
I wanted to weigh my options on fixing this issue.
#1: I spend ~$40 (with tracking) to have it sent back to the td I bought it from and wait for it to get fixed then sent back
#2: I buy an upgraded sapphire from dsn for ~$80 to my door including all fees
#3: I spend ~$18 and buy an Esslinger watch crystal and glue a Cyclops to it using the old crystal to help align everything. They only have 6.5mm and not a 7mm for an exact replacement. I’m going to uv glue it to the underside of a one piece crystal. http://www.esslinger.com/2-50-mm-thick-round-magnifier-mineral-glass-watch-crystal.aspx?variation=46116
#4: I try and separate the sandwich crystal (I’ve already tried everything possible in my capacity) by using very harsh solvents and a sonicating bath then glue it back together with uv glue.
I think I’m leaning towards option #3 but I’m not sure how the magnification will look since the Cyclops will not be recessed in the crystal. the cyclops is 1mm thick, so i'm hoping it will also clear the hands. i'll still use the i gasket to press the crystal in. it's not damaged. Now, the bezel gasket, on the other hand...that is FUBR'ed and spins freely.
Anyone have any experience with this or opinions?