Introduction

In this guide I will show you how to remove scratches from a glass sapphire watch face without the expense of having to replace your entire watch face.

Just because your watch face is scratched or has many scratches, save yourself from buying a new $80 watch face replacement.

  1. NOTICE THE HORRIBLE SCRATCH ON MY BREITLING NAVITIMER AROUND THE 12 HAND, it's actually a borderline crack.
    • NOTICE THE HORRIBLE SCRATCH ON MY BREITLING NAVITIMER AROUND THE 12 HAND, it's actually a borderline crack.

    • You WILL NEED all of the following: diamond paste - 3 different grades

    • A hand held Dremel tool using felt tip. You can try to use a papertowel and buff the face but it doesn't knock out the job like a Dremel. I bought mine at Walmart for $25 dollars.

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  2. First, remove your watch band from your watch.
    • First, remove your watch band from your watch.

    • After you have removed your watch band from the watch case. Next step is to remove the bezel from the casing.

    • Take butter knife from your kitchen and slide it between the watch case and bezel and pry it up as you twist. You will feel a pop and the bezel will be freed from the watch case.

    • Place your watch dial in the watch case under a cup or dust protector to avoid getting dust and lint on your watch.

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    • Rather than removing the glass from the bezel, I just left it in. It is advisable to always remove the glass completely, but I did not as the materials being used will not harm the bezel. Exercise caution and do not rush yourself.

    • You will have three different grade diamond pastes. I use a 6, 3, 1... It's always better to do a 6, 3, .25

    • The lowest grade diamond paste is good for refinishing with a glossy mirror finish.

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    • Start with level 6 diamond paste

    • You will apply about a dime size of paste, then using your finger to spread the paste evenly around the watch face.

    • After spreading out the diamond paste, turn your Dremel on its lowest speed and apply the felt tip to the watch face.

    • IMPORTANT: rotate the Dremel in circular motions as you work around the sapphire. DO NOT press to hard or Dremel too long on a specific area, it could crack your face.

    • Take little 20 second breaks allowing the face to cool down, if it over heats it could be many problems.

    • You will repeat the same steps above for each grade of diamond paste.

    • Apply a little more pressure on the really scratched area to get better results.

    • NOTE* when you press harder on specific areas using your Dremel make sure your not overheating the crystal, it can heat up in a matter of 5 seconds. Touch the area scratched often to ensure its cool.

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    • After removing the scratches from your watch face, then snap your bezel back on and re-attach your links.

    • Lastly, I used some car wax on my watch face to give it that gleem.

    • I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend getting some cape cod cloths. They are AMAZING. Wipe down your wrist band with this and it will remove scratches and polish your watch.

    • The RESULT = PERFECTION!

    • Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Notice the scratch on my Breitling is completely gone!

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Please keep in mind that this is a fake Breitling watch. Authentic Breitling watches have a different case construction and you will damage your watch if its authentic with this process.

rflood125 - Reply

nooooo! Don’t do that

fidji - Reply

DON’T DO THAT!! NEVER!

This chinese junk is a fake Breitling Navitimer, open it like this and you will destroy the bezel and the case. On a genuine one, bezel is screwed from inside, you have to open the case et unmount dial & movements to reach screws.

Keeping this post alive is a shame. I Just hope that breitling owners reading this poor "article" did'nt damaged their watch because of this :-(

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