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    One should learn from others mistake

    I was searching for some time a replacement for poliwatch as I find it crazy expensive - £7 for a tiny tube. So one day I ran across a post where somebody mentioned Autosol as an alternative. I thought I'd give it a try. Hmm.. this was definitely not the result I was hoping for. From 1 scratch I end up with the following.

    It doesn't worth any money at all but for me it has sentimental value. Any thoughts of how can this be fixed without replacing the glass as I would like to keep it in its original state.



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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    Ooh that doesn't look good
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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    You need a new crystal my friend, that is too far gone.
    I have seen older crystals sometimes go like this after polishing, my Bulova Watertite's crystal when I used Polywatch went like it (a little), and an old crystal for a no-name went uber-crazed when I used wet&dry paper and Brasso.
    I think it is something to do with the older crystals, and not the use of Autosol.
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    That doesn't look like scratches but rather stress fractures and the only fix is a new crystal. I believe that it occurs when the crystal shrinks because of age. Often one don't see them until it's polished so as said by bobbee it's not the Autosol that did this.

    So it's becuaes Autosol worked you see them but don't use it to much as I get sick every time I use it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    That doesn't look like scratches but rather stress fractures and the only fix is a new crystal. I believe that it occurs when the crystal shrinks because of age. Often one don't see them until it's polished so as said it's not the Autosol that did this.
    So possibly with an older crystal pressure from polishing could cause this too??
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    I would agree, they look like stress fractures.
    Perhaps the pressure of cleaning caused them?
    Perhaps they were there already but the cleaning made them more visible.
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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by anzac1957 View Post
    So possibly with an older crystal pressure from polishing could cause this too??
    I'm not sure but I guess it's possible as it's always crystals that are harder that show these micro cracks, I use a microscope when I check out a crystal before any polish and they show up now and then and mostly on not Swiss watches.

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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    I use autosol with no problems and even recommend it to others, this is a stress fracture and would probably of gone like this with or without polishing it. What you may of thought was a scratch was probably the beginning of a fracture. I woke up one day with the same fracture on a watch and had to replace it with another, but even the new one ended up with another fracture probably caused by a small amount of dirt on the case edge when installing so had to buy another.
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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    indeed you guys are right. these are stress fractures as the scratch I tried to polish was made accidentally by me. . then it means I should get a microscope to check the crystal before starting polishing to avoid things like this happening? I guess I'll be ordering a new glass as there is no other choice.

    thanks
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    Re: One should learn from others mistake

    Its just one of those that can happen, I never ever use a microscope before polishing, like I said even if you did use a microscope a could see a fracture it would still end up like this over a short period of time, due to temp change or slight resting on it etc

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