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    Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    I am finding a wide variety of sapphire crystal thicknesses. Often, they are not as thick as the OEM—sometimes by 3mm or more. Does this matter? I suppose I could just press the crystal in less far to compensate for the lack of thickness.
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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    The gasket is designed to provide water resistance when seated all the way, if you don't seat it in then the crystal can shift causing less tension and allow moisture intrusion. I would go a little thicker on the crystal than thinner. I wouldn't go 3mm thicker though, at most .5mm
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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    An alternative if you can't get a suitable thickness in sapphire (for flat crystals) is to bond a thin sapphire onto a standard mineral with UV epoxy.

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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvictim View Post
    The gasket is designed to provide water resistance when seated all the way, if you don't seat it in then the crystal can shift causing less tension and allow moisture intrusion. I would go a little thicker on the crystal than thinner. I wouldn't go 3mm thicker though, at most .5mm
    .5mm total thickness ?
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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvictim View Post
    The gasket is designed to provide water resistance when seated all the way, if you don't seat it in then the crystal can shift causing less tension and allow moisture intrusion. I would go a little thicker on the crystal than thinner. I wouldn't go 3mm thicker though, at most .5mm
    Sometimes when I seat the crystal all the way in, it does not "protrude" through the bezel and it looks weird.
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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Die_Superarmbanduhr View Post
    .5mm total thickness ?
    .5mm thicker if you can't get the correct thickness, never thinner.
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    Re: Modding: Does the thickness of the crystal matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Horner View Post
    An alternative if you can't get a suitable thickness in sapphire (for flat crystals) is to bond a thin sapphire onto a standard mineral with UV epoxy.
    Never tried that, obviously must be a dust free environment.
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