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    Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    I have a Gallet Flight Officer Gen 2 w/Incabloc watch that I'm trying to decide whether to keep and collect or sell. The watch winds and runs, and the face/dial seems to be in good overall condition. However, the crystal has impact marks in three different places, which is really distracting. I was thinking of taking the watch to one of our local jewelers that specializes in watch repair to get the crystal replaced. My questions are: Does replacing the crystal make the watch less than 'original'? Does it hurt the overall value and/or history of the watch to have it replaced? Thank you for any guidance you may be able to offer!
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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Welcome to the forum. No, a crystal replacement should not take anything off the value (unless the original crystal has a diminuitive etched logo in the centre, as the old Omegas do - and then probably not much either!).

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Has it been serviced recently?

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    I don't believe that anything has been done with it going back a couple of decades. The winding seems to be a bit tight. I'm not sure what that indicates, but I'm guessing that getting it serviced would address that symptom. What type of price point would you normally expect for that type of work? We have a couple of different jewelers that do watch work where I live, but I don't know if I should just take it to the first place that's been recommended to me, or look for something specific...

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Thank you for the greeting! There doesn't appear to be anything on the original crystal and I know that it'll look 10x better if I get it replaced. Thank you for the info!

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Ask for a quote.
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    I don't believe that anything has been done with it going back a couple of decades. The winding seems to be a bit tight. I'm not sure what that indicates, but I'm guessing that getting it serviced would address that symptom. What type of price point would you normally expect for that type of work? We have a couple of different jewelers that do watch work where I live, but I don't know if I should just take it to the first place that's been recommended to me, or look for something specific...

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    get it serviced through a watchmaker and wear it in good health
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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Hi New to this, you've got a nice watch there. It is the Gallet Flight Officer, and looks to be late 2nd gen or early 3rd gen. It should have the Venus 150 caliber in it. Unfortunately, it does show some rust marks, I hope the movement is in good condition. Does it run?
    The LH subdial hand is not correct, so that tells me somebody has done some work to it in the past.

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Crystal replacement won't hurt value but ensure that the new one had a very similar shape/ profile as an original . Some people put these very upright/ bubble crystals on that ruin the optics when looking at the dial.

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    Re: Gallet Flight Officer Crystal Replacement?

    Yes, this crystal has a flat base, because it is sandwiched between the caliber and the inside of the case

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