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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    Thank you for this thread! You mentioned that older non-round crystals are often glued on; what kind of glue should be used when replacing one of these?

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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    Try GS hypocement, or any UV glue if it's a mineral one.

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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    G-S makes a crystal cement that is suitable for those type crystals.
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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    The info about the crystal press for acrylic is very helpful. I had only ever seen references to crystal claws - which I own and use - but have found that it often/usually leaves little marks on the crystal. I had wondered how professionals do it without leaving marks, and now I know. Makes a lot of sense really, and I'm glad I came across this thread. Thanks!

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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    The crystal press is the only way I know of to install plastic crystals in the bezel of a hunting case pocket watch. Although the cabinet model is the best, small bench versions appear on eBay quite often.

    However, the bezel must be heated so it expands when installing a glass one (easily broken BTW).

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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    BB Crystal Catalog courtesy of Mark:

    http://www.watchandjewelrysupplies.c...rence_Book.pdf
    thanks for sharing this. just what i need to last the night...

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    Re: Crystal Fitting....(Challenge accepted)

    I bought a Sternkrautz press for a fair price. However, I prefer the Horotec press. I replaced some of the dies with tapered Bergeon ones. I like the control the threaded press gives vs. the lever style.

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