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    Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Zodiac is on last page**I know I know, but I've always wanted to try it, found some cheap silicone and gave it a whirl, sort of messy and would have been easier if the watch had a screw down caseback instead of 6 screws holding it in place but once done, man, it looks killer, I've always liked the watch but with the domed crystal, it really distorted the dial at angles, not anymore:) 4th pic down is of another Dutch Harbor that I have without the fluid, last pic is insane!

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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Really cool, makes me want to tinker with things more.

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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    What's the purpose of oil filling a watch? I've always wondered if battery changes with be a mess? Or air bubbles inside? Does oil leak out when you unscrew the crown? So you made a single domed crystal look like double domed?

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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Jeez, thread title scared me there....thought there was an environmental catastrophe in Alaska.
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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Quote Originally Posted by AVS_Racing View Post
    What's the purpose of oil filling a watch? I've always wondered if battery changes with be a mess? Or air bubbles inside? Does oil leak out when you unscrew the crown? So you made a single domed crystal look like double domed?
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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    That is seriously awesome!
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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Quote Originally Posted by AVS_Racing View Post
    What's the purpose of oil filling a watch? I've always wondered if battery changes with be a mess? Or air bubbles inside? Does oil leak out when you unscrew the crown? So you made a single domed crystal look like double domed?
    This goes way beyond a double-dome. You won't see a double-dome with that viewing angle.
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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Looks good. If ever you fancy doing another one there’s a thread on the Chris Ward forum from 2010 that you might be able to nick some ideas from.
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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    That’s nice - I’ve tried with a Scurfa but I used an oil that was too thick. Can you link to the one you used?


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    Re: Oil Filled Dutch Harbor

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael 808 View Post
    I know I know, but I've always wanted to try it, found some cheap silicone and gave it a whirl, sort of messy and would have been easier if the watch had a screw down caseback instead of 6 screws holding it in place but once done, man, it looks killer, I've always liked the watch but with the domed crystal, it really distorted the dial at angles, not anymore:) 4th pic down is of another Dutch Harbor that I have without the fluid, last pic is insane!
    Good job, and thanks for posting this. Happy to see the legibility improvement works even with a domed crystal, as I'd thought at times of tinkering with my MDV106, which also may get a domed sapphire upgrade.

    Did you do anything to address thermal expansion/contraction of the fluid? Also, if you're willing to share which fluid you used, I'd be happy to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by AVS_Racing View Post
    What's the purpose of oil filling a watch? I've always wondered if battery changes with be a mess? Or air bubbles inside? Does oil leak out when you unscrew the crown? So you made a single domed crystal look like double domed?
    The main advantage to most users is apparent in the OP's photos, the dramatic increase in legibility (even more apparent underwater). As others have said though, it also greatly increases the depth capability of a watch. Incidentally a bubble of air is often included deliberately to allow for thermal expansion of the fluid without rupturing the crystal or breaching the seals.

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    Jeez, thread title scared me there....thought there was an environmental catastrophe in Alaska.
    Yeah, took me a second too. Given f74 is an oceanically minded place, it didn't strike me as all that off-topic either.
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