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How Anyone Can Polish A Watch Crystal In 4 Steps

For watch enthusiasts and collectors, a scratch on your watch crystal can be a life threatening situation. Especially when it’s on the watch you just purchased. A new watch or rather that very vintage watch…it doesn’t matter.

You could bring your watch to a jeweler’s or an independent watchmaker to have the scratch removed. But…it will cost money and you probably have to miss your watch for a while. I know!

Before you take these drastic measures, however, it’s often possible to remove these scratches yourself. This article will show you exactly how to polish a watch crystal.

Attention! This will only work on acrylic watch crystals. If you’re dealing with a watch crystal made of glass, Esslinger has a very useful article here.

Tools you’ll need

  • Painter’s tape or a tool to lift the crystal
  • Sanding paper in different grits
  • A hand dust blower or a can of compressed air
  • A soft cotton or microfiber cloth
  • A polishing agent like Brasso etc.
  • A cleaning agent for the crystal

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Why Alpina Watches Deserve More Love

Alpina watches have been around since 1883. They have always tried to be innovative in the world of horology. The brand suffered enormously, like so many other brands during the quartz crisis in the 70s. However, unlike many other brands, Alpina survived and lately has even made a comeback. Despite the rich history and the recent comeback, the brand isn’t well known or appreciated. Let’s change that.

Short history in case you never heard of them

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Founder & editor of WahaWatches. I’ve been collecting watches for years. My favorite part is to pull them to bits.

I send out an email newsletter with the newest articles and the best tips about vintage watches, restorations and collecting.

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