Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?
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    Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    In a moment of weakness earlier today I was seconds away from pulling the trigger on the forever haunting Seiko SARB 065. The only thing that held me back is that I know I eventually will want to replace the hardlex with sapphire. I assume that this is doable, but I wanted to confirm that this is indeed possible on this watch, and get some sense of where I would source the sapphire crystal or who does the replacement. Thanks a lot for your help!

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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    Surely, someone has wanted to do this before...
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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    Why? Hardlex is awesome in its own right. Adds a vintage charm to this piece, I think.
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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    I think a lot of us Cocktail Time owners enjoy the look of the watch with its old school Hardlex crystal, and aren't too troubled by the durability. I may be wrong, but I suggest there aren't too many SARB 065 owners who wear this watch more than a few days a week. Perhaps that's why there's not a huge demand for sapphire out there....
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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    The Hardlex on my Cocktail Time is not a problem for me. It looks great actually! I think it would be expensive to source a sapphire crystal that has the same dome shape.
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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    The crystal is very doomed - replacing it will be very expensive.

    This replacing crystals work on cheap Chinese customized watches like Parnis - the retailer can order it for you at an extra cost. I have read reviews of sarb were people mention it is possible but none actually did it - is more a WIS legend.

    the problem with the Cocktail Time is it has a very doomed crystal - manufacturing a sapphire like this will be more expensive than the watch itself - only luxury brands like Grand Seiko can afford such crystals.
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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpalmer View Post
    Surely, someone has wanted to do this before...
    This is the first thread I recall. Sure the original crystal can be replaced with one made of sapphire by any good watch repairman. However understand that the vintage look of that watch will change if a flat sapphire crystal is used. I haven't seen a replacement sapphire crystal that approximates the shape of the original.

    I'm not seeing any benefit from making that swap.

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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    You could e-mail Yokobies and ask him ([email protected]). He offers a variety of sapphire replacements for the commonly-modded Seiko models, including crystals with giant domes.

    That said, have you ever actually scratched a hardlex crystal? If not, you might be giving this more thought than it deserves. I've never even managed to scratch a Seiko 5 crystal, and the stuff on the SARBs is supposedly better.

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    Re: Seiko SARB 065 'Cocktail Time': Possible to replace Hardlex w. Sapphire?

    Some pics to help you spend some $ ;)

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