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Converting a 16030 to a 16220

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I was wondering if it is possible to convert my franken 16030 to a 16220?

I googled the differences between them, and the main differences (besides the movement) is the crystal. Can I just swap the plexi for a sapphire, or are the case and bezel too different?

If it's possible to switch the crystal, what is the part number and where can I find the best sapphire crystal?

Thank you!

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You can swap out the crystal- there's an aftermarket sapphire crystal that will work- it's parabolic on the inside so as not to impede the hand movement. Then you should have a 16000 DJ that looks like a 16200 DJ w/ a sapphire crystal. Other than the stem position on the cases, the two cases are pretty much the same. Ebay or google are the place to look. 

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16 minutes ago, mymanmatt said:

what movement in your 16030

To be honest, I don't know...

i had a rep day-date laying around, took the day disc off, and it fits perfectly!

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Yes you can swap. You'll need a sapphire for a 162XX and a bezel for a 162XX.

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"I was wondering if it is possible to convert my franken 16030 to a 16220?"

If the 16030 case is genuine...best bet is to do as alligoat said and go with a sapphire conversion.  Sapphire 162xx cases have taller bezels though.  They are made a little bit taller so they will reach up far enough to clamp the gasket tightly against the crystal.  Case necks are the same OD.

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I don't think you will like the conversion crystal. I does look strange when you have it on the watch. If you use it, you'll see what I mean. 

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Thanks for all the feedback!

i think i keep the watch as is.

I will keep searching for the perfect 16200 to complete the trio 16030, 16200  and 116200

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