seems like some people need it fully laid out.
Step 1. Remove bezel.
Step 2. CAREFULLY remove the click spring and take off the tension washer.
Step 3. Remove retaining ring around crystal. if you dont have the proper tools, this can be done very carefully with a Xacto knife and a thin screwdriver. just be sure to tape up the case so it doesnt scratch.
Step 4. Remove crystal + Gasket from either the case or the retaining ring.
Step 5. Clean the hell out of new crystal with something that produces as little lint as possible. i find the little cloths for your eye glasses works best.
Step 6. With a blower or keyboard duster, get all the dirt and lint off the underside of the crystal. (This sounds easy but itll).
- Check under a bright light to be sure its crystal clear. wearing gloves helps this process move a little faster.
Step 7. Attach new crystal to new gasket and align it on the case.
Step 8. Attach retaining ring to the top of the crystal and push down as far as you can with your hands.
Step 9. Tighten (if you can push the retaining ring all the way down with your hands, you probably need a new gasket.
- A Crystal press works best but if you dont have one, you can DIY one for fairly cheap.
- DIY Crystal press (pretty ghetto but it works) : just go to your local hardware store and pick up a PVC pipe that fits perfectly over the retaining ring and a C-Clamp.
Cut the pipe to about a inch tall.
Cover the edge with masking tape or something that wont scratch the retaining ring.
Put the piece of pipe over the retaining ring and lay a block of wood (anything flat and hard) over the pipe and cloth on the bottom of case.
Get a C- Clamp and put it over the block of wood and the bottom of the watch case so nothing gets scratched.
Step 10. realize you missed some dust and finger print on the under side and start over. this may happen a few times if its your first time.
Step 11. Attach tension washer, click spring and bezel.
Step 12. Admire your new crystal from every angle and second guess it being straight over the date window.