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 at home.
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. You’ll need machinery and a lot of patience, though. In these cases, it might be wise to cut your losses and fit a new crystal.
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