I want to replace the crystal on this Timex Automatic from 1977, as it has a crack on the outside. It also had lots of scratches and as I am changing it anyway, I used the occasion to follow an advice I got here in the forum.
Before, I was working just with the polishing paste and after half an hour, the crystal looked better, but not much more.
Now I dared to start with sandpaper type 1500, then type 2000. All the scratches were gone, but the crystal was totally dull. After that, it was just a very short job with the polishing paste and things looked like new. I could have done it even better, but as I said, the crystal will come out anyway, because of the crack. I will also use the occasion to correct the hands, because the hour hand is not exactly on target when the minute hand is at 12.
I can get the crystal out easily with a crystal lift and I then have an exact sample to measure, instead of measuring the inside diameter of the bezel/case, which is more complicated. I’ve thought it would be easier to look for the specifics of the crystal for this watch straight away, but I could not find a parts list from Timex. Otherwise, as the width is just one element, I also have to observe height and shape at the sides.
The serial number at the bottom of the dial is, on the left of the 6, 46562 (or 45562, 48562) and, to the right of the 6, 03277, which means made 1977 (last two digits) and a movement 032/M32 (first 3 digits). The first five digits are supposed to be the Timex sales catalogue number, with the last digit omitted, whatever this means. Is the number in the sales catalogue longer, and they omitted a digit at the end, to have a more harmonius image with 5 and 5 digits left and right of the 6?
I found the movement manual:
and of course the entry in the Ranfft database:
bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Timex M32
but that doesn’t give me the information I want concerning the crystal.
After a very intensive search, I am asking myself if that information is available at all from Timex. I did not get anywhere at eBay either, possibly I should know the model of this watch, but couldn’t find any catalogue info. I hope someone of you can help, perhaps also pointing out the shape such a press-in crystal (or squeeze-in with the crystal lift) should have on the outside. The height I can easily take from the old one.