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Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by AZpops » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:07 pm

If possible, what would be the best way to remove it?


I saw this vid on YouTube (can't imbed the vid); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycgh7GM8kMc&t=246s


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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by hoppyjr » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:16 pm

Send the watch to Duarte and have him install a flat sapphire crystal. Easy and awesome.

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Post by TSD » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:21 pm

They are glued on. My watchmaker said he applies acetone to the cyclops overnight and then heat will lift it. But they remove the crystal from the case first. Acetone might damage the watch otherwise.

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by AZpops » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:46 pm

Thanks for the heads up, and recommendations! If the best way is to remove the crystal, the sapphire sounds good! I'll probably wear the Monster for a bit, before sending to Duarte. When I do, I'll hit you up for Duarte's contact info.. Thanks again!
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Post by andrema » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm

Axe and booze!


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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm

Honestly I used a fire striker when I did mine. The best way is to have the crystal removed and then do it. It is only held on with uv glue.

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Post by hoppyjr » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:13 pm

toxicavenger wrote:Honestly I used a fire striker when I did mine. The best way is to have the crystal removed and then do it. It is only held on with uv glue.
Same fire starter you use for sex?

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:15 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:13 pm
toxicavenger wrote:Honestly I used a fire striker when I did mine. The best way is to have the crystal removed and then do it. It is only held on with uv glue.
Same fire starter you use for sex?
you remember the "burn" :mrgreen: :gayumbrella:

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by hoppyjr » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:16 pm

toxicavenger wrote:
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:13 pm
toxicavenger wrote:Honestly I used a fire striker when I did mine. The best way is to have the crystal removed and then do it. It is only held on with uv glue.
Same fire starter you use for sex?
you remember the "burn" :mrgreen: :gayumbrella:
Yes. I didn’t even know a butane torch could do that!

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by ikkoku » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:50 pm

the ol' chisel and hammer doesn't work? :)

seriously tho... not that I recommend it but I've done that with Marathon SAR cyclops back in the day.

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by CarloDWC » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:34 pm

The cyclops is glues on the glass so heat and acetone are the two things that can take it off. I personally did this only once, instead of a torch I used a soldering iron an heated up the cyclops, then applied a little acetone around the cyclops, tried prying it up with an Exacto knife. Applied more heat with the soldering iron etc. At first it actually broke off and only a part came off. But continuing with hear and acetone and trying with an Exacto knife in the end worked, the trick is to get the acetone under the cyclops, when it start doing that the glue is easier to loose the binding power. It was not actually a long action, maybe 20 minutes but I would not want to do it again.

Also I did not remove the crystal but I know that a watchmaker would do that as a preference. I second the opinion of Hoppy in sending the watch to someone who is a Pro to do this or replace the crystal altogether.

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by AZpops » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:04 am

ikkoku wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:50 pm
the ol' chisel and hammer doesn't work? :)

seriously tho... not that I recommend it but I've done that with Marathon SAR cyclops back in the day.
:lol: ... I posted this vid in the rumble room ...


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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by AZpops » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:06 am

CarloDWC wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:34 pm
The cyclops is glues on the glass so heat and acetone are the two things that can take it off. I personally did this only once, instead of a torch I used a soldering iron an heated up the cyclops, then applied a little acetone around the cyclops, tried prying it up with an Exacto knife. Applied more heat with the soldering iron etc. At first it actually broke off and only a part came off. But continuing with hear and acetone and trying with an Exacto knife in the end worked, the trick is to get the acetone under the cyclops, when it start doing that the glue is easier to loose the binding power. It was not actually a long action, maybe 20 minutes but I would not want to do it again.

Also I did not remove the crystal but I know that a watchmaker would do that as a preference. I second the opinion of Hoppy in sending the watch to someone who is a Pro to do this or replace the crystal altogether.
Thanks, Carlo! ... :thumbsup:
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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by ikkoku » Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:45 pm

AZpops wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:04 am
ikkoku wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:50 pm
the ol' chisel and hammer doesn't work? :)

seriously tho... not that I recommend it but I've done that with Marathon SAR cyclops back in the day.
:lol: ... I posted this vid in the rumble room ...



I still remember getting putting the SAR between yellow pages phone book. One smack of the hammer and the cyclops was out.

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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by AZpops » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:06 pm

ikkoku wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:45 pm
AZpops wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:04 am
ikkoku wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:50 pm
the ol' chisel and hammer doesn't work? :)

seriously tho... not that I recommend it but I've done that with Marathon SAR cyclops back in the day.
:lol: ... I posted this vid in the rumble room ...



I still remember getting putting the SAR between yellow pages phone book. One smack of the hammer and the cyclops was out.

I couldn't do it! ... :lol:
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Re: Recommendations Wanted on How to Remove a Date Magnifier on a Seiko?

Post by ikkoku » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:13 am

how about this?

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