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    Scratch on watch

    Hi
    I was wondering if the scratches on this MM300 hardlex crystal can be removed. Any tips, I could try myself as it won't be sold, famous last words.
    Thank you
    Brian

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    Have you tried using polywatch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashman86 View Post
    Have you tried using polywatch?
    Polywatch is only good for plexi.

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    Their is a new product from polywatch that does glass as well - it contains diamond paste.watchobsession sell it 23.Or you could change the glass?

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    I believe Hardlex is essentially mineral glass? If so you should definitely be able to improve the appearance with the application of some Brasso or similar in combination with some elbow grease. Careful not to get the Brasso or whatever you use down the side of the crystal.

    Even scratches in sapphire can be rendered considerably less conspicuous by the same method; did this myself on a Rolex 15200 I owned once. It was made near-invisible at the next service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover
    ...it was made near-invisible at the next service.
    Did they not replace a scratched crystal as part of the service????

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    I'll try brasso then and be careful. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Did they not replace a scratched crystal as part of the service????

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    No. It was a small scratch, right at the edge of the crystal. And it was very faint when it came back from the service. This was in 1994 or 1995, don't know whether scratched crystal policy has changed since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amcneill View Post
    Their is a new product from polywatch that does glass as well - it contains diamond paste.watchobsession sell it 23.Or you could change the glass?

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    Thank you for this also

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    Polywatch is only good for plexi.
    I removed a scratch on my Sub's sapphire crystal with polywatch....it took 30min of rubbing though

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    Ouch that will be hard to sort out on the watch.

    Removed from the watch you can put the polish onto a strip of flat leather and slide it back and forth.

    I found that method works way better than doing little circles with polish on a cloth with your finger. That takes forever.

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    You wouldn't recommend a tremmel with soft brush and paste, not sure exactly what blurring is but it comes up abit when I search in Google

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    Quote Originally Posted by xellos99 View Post
    Ouch that will be hard to sort out on the watch.

    Removed from the watch you can put the polish onto a strip of flat leather and slide it back and forth.

    I found that method works way better than doing little circles with polish on a cloth with your finger. That takes forever.
    Rule no 1 when polishing scratches: always work in the direction of the scratch.

    I`ve had some success in polishing mineral crystals using diamond paste and a Dremmel, even made some impact on a chipped sapphire this way, but you have to be careful not to overheat the glass and crack it. It's easier to take the sharpness off the scratch, thus making it harder to see, than to totally remove it. People say they've removed scratches when in actual fact they've made them far less noticeable, bbuit a look under a strong magnifier will still highlight the damaged area.

    I don`t know how much harder the Seiko crystals are the mineral glass, possibly no harder, I don`t know, but I always fit a new crystal (if available) rather than spend ages trying to polish. Acrylic crystals are easy to do, anything else isn`t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Rule no 1 when polishing scratches: always work in the direction of the scratch.
    I apologise if this is a dumb question, but do you mean on a scratch keep polishing over it in the same direction of the scratch? So not accross, or in swirls?

    I suppose I'm just double checking because I didn't think that was correct - I thought you were supposed to be horizotal / swirls. This might explain why my use of polywatch / Xerapol on acrylic and Cape Cod (on polished steel) never worked as hoped

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    Just get a sapphire replacement crystal.
    Not hard to find and relatively straightforward to fit.
    Lots of Tunas are upgraded this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    I`ve had some success in polishing mineral crystals using diamond paste and a Dremmel, even made some impact on a chipped sapphire this way, but you have to be careful not to overheat the glass and crack it.
    Yeah it's like boring through a carrot with a mountain

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    Thanks that's probably what I will do eventually .. I'll put that on my Xmas list :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Just get a sapphire replacement crystal.
    Not hard to find and relatively straightforward to fit.
    Lots of Tunas are upgraded this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Just get a sapphire replacement crystal.
    Not hard to find and relatively straightforward to fit.
    Lots of Tunas are upgraded this way.
    I'd concur. Every Monster I owned with Hardlex got a scratch. Never had one with sapphire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Just get a sapphire replacement crystal.
    Not hard to find and relatively straightforward to fit.
    Lots of Tunas are upgraded this way.
    I agree but be aware that the watch will lose a bit of its charm,

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