Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!
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    Unhappy Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    I was replacing the acrylic crystal....

    I donít know if it broke coming off or going on! But it went on way too easy....

    Does anyone know where I can find a replacement machine turned? (36mm)

    Is the only difference between a 1601 and 1603 the bezel?

    the crack is at 1255...

    so heartbroken right now...

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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    I found a machined original one on the fleabay for $51 shipped.

    I could have gotten a “new” fluted for cheaper, but I got a 1603 for a reason!
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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    So here is a $50 lesson...

    As you can see in the first pic despite my best efforts, I had a speck under the sapphire.

    I removed the crystal today to clean it.

    The sapphire uses a gasket to make up for the lip on the acrylic crystal.

    When I removed the bezel today the sapphire, gasket, and bezel came off as one piece.

    The lip below the bezel was not enough to reassemble as it was.

    I tried to gently disassemble the 3 pieces and despite my best efforts...

    Needless to say my faith in sapphire is shaken.

    I have the original scuffed acrylic installed, and I buffed her out a little with some whitening toothpaste, Iím going to order some polywatch, and a 3 pack of acrylic crystals costs about the same as the sapphire, so those are going on order.

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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    If you apply force, especially with leverage, you can fracture extremely hard things, as our neolithic ancestors well understood.
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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    The point of sapphire is that it is extremely scratch resistant. It is in no way shatter-resistant - it is in fact more prone to shattering when struck due to it's extreme brittleness.
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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    Quote Originally Posted by BonyWrists View Post
    If you apply force, especially with leverage, you can fracture extremely hard things, as our neolithic ancestors well understood.
    It really didn't take much force, and I am closely related to our neolithic ancestors.


    Quote Originally Posted by mozo View Post
    The point of sapphire is that it is extremely scratch resistant. It is in no way shatter-resistant - it is in fact more prone to shattering when struck due to it's extreme brittleness.
    Yeah, I do plan on adding a few more 4 digit Rolex's to the collection so the 3 pack of acrylics will not go to waste.

    I"m pretty sure all my watches have doorknob seeking capability, so I probably would have shattered it sooner or later.

    I'm just grateful I did it off the watch and still have the original acrylic.
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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelDeVille View Post
    the crack is at 1255...

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    Re: Cracked bezel on my 1974 1603!

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelDeVille View Post
    Needless to say my faith in sapphire is shaken.
    I'n not surprised, as you tried a kludge to shoehorn a third-party sapphire crystal into a watch designed for acrylic. It was never going to go well!

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