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: Watch press?



PPBart
03-30-2017, 09:46 PM
I recently started replacing batteries in my watches, and unfortunately have already broken one crystal (fortunately, on an old "practice" watch). Before I repeat that I would like to get a watch press -- can anyone recommend a good one, considering that I'll probably use it maybe a half-dozen times per year?

Hawk53
03-30-2017, 10:54 PM
I bought one of these a while back and it works well. Wasn't expensive and had free shipping.

T62-Watchmaker Press Tool Repair Watch Case Kit Set Back Case Closer Glass Dies | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/272520112949?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

PPBart
03-31-2017, 09:58 AM
I bought one of these a while back and it works well. Wasn't expensive and had free shipping.

T62-Watchmaker Press Tool Repair Watch Case Kit Set Back Case Closer Glass Dies | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/272520112949?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Looks like that will handle cases up to 35mm(?) My smallest watch is 38mm, so I suppose I'll need a larger range of dies.

Hawk53
03-31-2017, 10:41 AM
Also pretty inexpensive and available.................One example..........

20Pcs Dies Set Kit Watch Case Back Press Closer Round Shape Copper Repair Tool | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/20Pcs-Dies-Set-Kit-Watch-Case-Back-Press-Closer-Round-Shape-Copper-Repair-Tool-/391327888266?hash=item5b1cf5b38a:g:lncAAOSwbdpWU-N7)

PPBart
04-01-2017, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the info -- but that press has "Snap-on system allows dies to snap on and off quickly", while the dies appear to be screw-on (with a 5-mm thread insert). Doesn't seem to be compatible -- or am I missing something?

Hawk53
04-01-2017, 08:59 AM
I think you're missing something. Look at the second picture under magnification and you'll see the threaded posts for the dies. The one I sent you the link to is the one I ordered months ago, and I can guarantee the posts are threaded.:thumbup:

Hawk53
04-01-2017, 09:15 AM
I just went back and took a look at the "dies" that come with that press and you could be right as I don't see the the metal female threaded parts on the dies. Kinda strange, mine came with the metal threaded pieces in all the dies.

It could be a listing error on the sellers part??? or a change in suppliers???

Try contacting the seller and ask him, Since the posts are threaded on the tool and the second link shows that the dies have the threaded metal insert, I would think they should work on the tool.

Keep me informed.

PPBart
04-02-2017, 08:34 PM
...Keep me informed.

I suppose the mystery will remain... I ordered a Baban press and matching die set from Amazon. Paid a few $ more, but two-day delivery is worth it.

Hawk53
04-02-2017, 09:03 PM
From what I've seen for the Baban press and dies, you spent considerably more than I did, hopefully it'll meet your needs.

PPBart
04-03-2017, 03:57 PM
Baban press arrived today, nice heavy unit. I tried it on the old watch with broken crystal (see first post) and it snapped the back on cleanly. Made me re-think about replacing the broken crystal (the watch did run, but after I cracked the crystal I pulled the battery out, assuming it would not be worth having a jeweler replace it). I checked eBay for watch crystals, but didn't see anything that clearly would fit a Bulova Caravelle #C869562, case dia ~35 mm. So my latest newbie question is where does one go for the occasional replacement crystal?

dragcolo
04-03-2017, 04:11 PM
Can you post a picture of the watch model ? I can't find it online.

You're going to need a pair of calipers first to measure the diameter and thickness of the crystal. You're also going to measure the height, thickness, interior and exterior diameter of the plastic gasket (provided it did have a gasket...).

After that you can try https://www.cousinsuk.com/ as they have a lot of dimensions and good prices. They're from the UK so I don't know the US equivalent but perhaps you'll be fine with ordering from their website. They have crystals and gaskets as well.

You also have to pay attention to the type of crystal (mineral glass, sapphire, acrylic) and shape (flat, domed, etc.).

PPBart
04-05-2017, 07:47 AM
Can you post a picture of the watch model ?...

Here are a couple of pics...

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