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Found domed 25-22 crystal for my 1016 Explorer...

  1. airansun Seasons will pass you by Mar 3, 2021

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    ...and my watchmaker has just installed it. I’m very pleased.

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    I wish Rolex still made these tropic crystals. I’ve now put TrueDomes on my vintage Subs too. They all look sooo much better with them.

    B96068F0-23F5-4926-B889-9246A4A515E3.jpeg (My watchmaker confirmed it was an excellent fit and not ‘brittle’.)

    The Explorer is now as it was before that terrible day, many years ago, when I swam with it.
    https://omegaforums.net/threads/une...nally-found-correct-hands-for-my-1016.120382/

    ::psy:: Woohoo!

    BEFORE wrong hands and faceted crystal were replaced
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    AFTER
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    For the record, it’s a IV-67.

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  2. CoDiffe Mar 3, 2021

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    Lucky! Greg Petronzi is fixing to come out with True Domes for the 1016. I think they are still a couple of months out. As soon as he does, I'm gonna snag one to put on my 1016. Mine has the shorter hands as well but I'm not too concerned about it - they match really closely with the patina on the dial. Your watch looks awesome!
     
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  3. JwRosenthal Mar 3, 2021

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    I was not aware that Rolex stopped production on acrylic crystals (or ended their contract with whomever supplied them to Rolex). Glad to see Truedome will be making one for the 1675/0 watches...also glad I bought 2 factory crystals when I did now that they aren’t available.
     
  4. whippetman01 Mar 3, 2021

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    I had to source an after market from Michael Young in HK.
    Excellent fit! 14AECC39-1B43-4784-86BB-F9A07B944589.jpeg
     
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  5. vibe Mar 4, 2021

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    It can’t be underestimated how important the crystal profile is. Especially on a 1016! A 1016 just does not look right without a dome IMHO. A dome crystal is also impossible to find for a 160X DJ. A dome on a pie pan dial is just a beautiful thing!
     
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  6. CoDiffe Mar 4, 2021

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    Did Rolex originally do dome crystals on the GMTs as well or have they always been raised acrylics?

    the above before and after picture from the same angle is striking. The raised acrylic distorts the edge of the dial and the hash marks whereas the dome is clean all the way to the edge. A big visual difference. Don’t know why Rolex changed these along the way.
     
  7. Faz Mar 4, 2021

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    ....so you get tired of looking for parts that they don't make anymore (unobtainium) and buy a new watch. In a way, Rolex owns a substantial part of all Rolex owners...
     
  8. JwRosenthal Mar 4, 2021

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    I cracked the dome crystal on my 60’s Tudor Prince about 15 years ago. My watchmaker sourced the current Rolex part - which was a flat-top crystal...it looked awful. I hunted for 6 months to find the correct dome crystal and it made all the difference.
     
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  9. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Mar 4, 2021

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    I believe tropic 38s were the service crystals for 1675s. I have one on my 1675 - it's a bit flatter compared to the sub and sea-dweller ones.

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  10. nkhandekar Mar 5, 2021

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    That crystal on the 1675 looks amazing. Thank you for posting the pic.
     
  11. T<25 Mar 19, 2021

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    The dome crystal definitely has a nice look on 1016s. But I like the flat crystal as well, it somewhere makes the dial looks bigger and also makes dial pop up to the surface. It’s quite interesting that how much it can change from the crystals.
     
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  12. CoDiffe Apr 20, 2021

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    I can second the world of difference these two changes make:

    Before (with 5513 hands and raised service crystal):
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    After (with original hands and dome t22):
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