I recently purchased a sapphire double dome crystal for my skx007 (It's actually an skx171 with a skx007 bezel.) through dlwwatches.com. I do have a crystal press at home, but I was worried about compromising the crystal gasket so I took it to a reputable watch repair in town. The repair guy couldn't install the crystal properly and informed me that it had "pinched" the crystal gasket. He told me that he wouldn't be able to replace the gasket until a new one came in. Being impatient, I got the watch back and ordered my own OEM crystal gasket. Unfortunately, when I tried to install the crystal at home, the exact same thing happened again!!!
Now, I'm a very careful person and did a lot of reading and watching videos before attempting the installation. I used silicon grease and really took my time with the procedure.
I did notice that the sapphire crystal that I received from dlwwatches.com has a less significant bevel on the bottom compared to the bevel of the OEM hardlex crystal. Is the always the case with aftermarket crystals or does this even matter?
As one can imagine, I'm pretty frustrated at this point and don't know what to do. The OEM crystal gaskets cost $10-$15 so this can end up being a big waste of cash if I keep trying to install. For the time being, I have it haphazardly installed with an aftermarket gasket that the repair guy gave me. The crystal pinched this one too, and as a result is sitting uneven. I understand that this compromises the WR of the watch and therefore I wont be wearing it in the water until I get this issue resolved. I posted a pic below so you can see how the crystal is sitting uneven atm.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice!!!