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The watch crystal is the clear plastic or glass portion of your watch that protects the watch dial from dust and other kinds of damage while being worn and allows you to tell the time without having x-ray vision. Over time your watch crystal can be scratched, cracked or broken and need to be replaced. Instead of throwing out your favorite watch when the crystal is damaged, learn how to replace with with this guide. In this guide you will learn how to insert almost any type of watch crystal into almost any watch.

Some of these guides may require you to remove all the inner workings of the watch movement from the watch case to safely replace the watch crystal, and others may involve high heat or adhesives. If at any point you feel unsure about one part of the process, you should stop and take your watch to a professional watchmaker to avoid damaging it permanently.


Glued In Crystals

If your watch crystal is held in place with glue, there are several different types of watch glue you can use to reattach the crystal to your watch case. Be aware that you will most likely want to remove the watch movement from the watch case before attempting to glue your crystal back into place to keep from damaging it or getting it covered in any of the recommended adhesives. To learn how to attach a watch crystal to the watch case with glue, check out these links:crystaluv_step3



Compression Fit CrystalsCompression_crystal

If you have an unbreakable crystal for your watch, chances are good that it is held in place with a compression fitting. The easiest way to replace a compression fit watch crystal in your watch case is to use a crystal lift. Check out this link to learn how to insert a compression fit crystal.



Crystal_Press-bezel-3 Gasket Fit or Tension Ring Crystals

If you have a watch crystal that is held in place with a gasket or a tension ring, you will most likely need to use a watch crystal press to press it securely into place. To learn how to use a crystal press, check out this article:






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  • joyer29

    Have a Skagen 233XLSSC that needs a new crystal and mesh band. Any help?

  • Paul Hatgil

    I have been to Hell and back attempting to find a crystal for my wife’s Concord Delirium quartz watch. Any suggestions. Live in Austin, Texas but will be spending my summer in Boston.

    • Hi Paul, I would recommend starting with filling out the watch parts inquiry form. Once you fill it out a watch technician can research the crystal and let you know if it’s available and also a cost. Here is a link to the watch parts inquiry form:

      Hopefully this will get you the answer you have been searching for!

      • thomachuck

        Reply to Esslinger. Thanks for your post. See your inbasket to read my message; I have a need for a new crystal for old Armitron

  • Denise

    I have an Armani Exchange ax 1227 5atm 121309 watch. I need to replace the crystal, but I don’t know what size or thickness to order. Can someone please help me with this? Thank you in advance for your help.