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    Question on negative displays

    I just read a thread from the 'How to' section on changing a dw5600 from a regular display to negative display. My question is, if you purchase a watch that comes with a negative display, can you just as easily convert it to a pos. display?? I ask because I have seen a lot of watches that I like, but they have a neg. display, which I don't really like much. Thanks!

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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Should be able to, just use the reverse process. Just be careful, not all watches come apart, and go back together quite so painlessly.

    P.S. have never tried either myself, but polarization works, either way.

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    Smile Re: Question on negative displays

    its my experience that most reversed display models have at least twice as many regular display counterparts for sale but if your still gonna give it a go be careful what watch you disassemble because as i found out thru trying a DW-5600-E is a fairly easy watch to reverse, but if you have a solar or atomic watch i would tread very lightly(i was just lucky to get my G-5600 back together and working let alone reversed)
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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Yes I definitely hear what you guys are saying. I am scared to even change a battery so I don't really think I am the man for the job, but I was curious. The ones I have seen lately are the screwback reissues (5600 style) that have the negative displays that I am not really a fan of. Basically I would want to reverse the display and throw on a good old black DW5600E bezel and strap.
    For example taking something like this and making it look more like a standard old school screwback.
    Last edited by GurdyGurds; June 13th, 2008 at 02:32. Reason: added to it

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    Re: Question on negative displays

    I think it can be done.

    But I'm a reverse LCD hardcore fan.

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    Re: Question on negative displays

    "once you start down the path to the darkside, forever will it control your destiny"
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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Quote Originally Posted by Vintage View Post
    I think it can be done.

    But I'm a reverse LCD hardcore fan.
    im with u brotha,
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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Quote Originally Posted by GurdyGurds View Post
    Yes I definitely hear what you guys are saying. I am scared to even change a battery so I don't really think I am the man for the job, but I was curious. The ones I have seen lately are the screwback reissues (5600 style) that have the negative displays that I am not really a fan of. Basically I would want to reverse the display and throw on a good old black DW5600E bezel and strap.
    For example taking something like this and making it look more like a standard old school screwback.
    You can see the result of this watch with the black bezel ... one of our friends here has posted some great pics.

    But hasn't reversed the reverse display.

    BTW - what's the benefit of the screwback? Heavier weight?

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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Definitely one for the dark side

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    Re: Question on negative displays

    Be careful the path you take, for it will consume your sole! But to answer your question - YES - it can absolutely be done. Polarization works in both ways, 90 degrees it all it takes to convert from positive to negative and vice versa.

    If you're not comfortable pulling the watch apart like I did in the "how to", then I'd suggest you leave it well alone. Maybe I should start a service offering? "Negative/positive display conversions"... LOL

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