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Basic watchmaking tips - crystal fitting

  1. size11s Can’t bat, can’t bowl Aug 5, 2023

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    I am an occasional user too and I have that Horotec screw down press and find it excellent for acrylic and tension ring crystals. I haven't tried it on any other more 'challenging' tasks. I find it very stable and well engineered and positive in use.
     
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  2. Davidt Aug 5, 2023

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    Thanks @size11s Does it work for speedy bezels as well?
     
  3. Davidt Aug 5, 2023

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    Thanks Al. Seems a little knowledge can be dangerous.

    Do you have any recommendations for a lever press sub £100? Alternatively, if the answer is simply that it’s not possible to get a decent press and dies in that price range, and I’m looking at £400-500, then so be it.
     
  4. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Aug 6, 2023

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    None that I am aware of - 100 pounds isn't a lot when it comes to specialty tools like watchmaking gear...
     
  5. size11s Can’t bat, can’t bowl Aug 6, 2023

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    I have never tried it on a bezel and don't have a Speedie.
     
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  6. Davidt Aug 6, 2023

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    I thought that might be the case. It seems there’s cheap junk at one end of the spectrum, and professionally grade equipment at the other but little or reasonable quality in the middle.
    I’m really only looking at armoured/tension crystals so might give the screw press a go on a couple of cheap watches/crystals.
     
  7. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Aug 6, 2023

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    Let us know how it goes. Just make sure you use the right style of die, and support the case well so the it remains flat during the installation.
     
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  8. spacemission Aug 8, 2023

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    These threads are gold. Thanks again archer.
     
  9. ExpiredWatchdog Aug 10, 2023

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    I have the Horotec press and have used it to install flat sapphire crystals into dive watch cases (new gasket, of course). It does help to loosen and rotate your work as you go; I might remember Al recommending that elsewhere, but I might be rong.

    If you see a video of someone installing a sapphire crystal with one of those case closer toys that Harbor Freight sells, I can guarantee you the gasket is not new.