Question about Watches
Yes, watch crowns are replaceable but this is not necessarily a do-it-yourself job.
My father is a semi-retired watchmaker (54 years in business) and all to often receives a watch in numerous pieces and is asked to reassemble after an attempted self repair.
As well, the holes (pitting) are normal with age, as our sweat corrodes the metal over time, but especially gold.
To understand how the crown is attached, see the following site:
If you wish to try it yourself, these directions are pretty good, but work slowly, as this is very fine work, and 'close enough' does not work, and most people do not have the fine tools that are required and use oversized (for this job) tools that do not really fit...increasing potential for greater damage.
Do it yourself directions:
Since you will need to obtain a new crown from a watchmaker anyway...perhaps ask for the installed cost...especially if this is a gold watch...it might be worth it...it is not an expensive repair.
Hope this helps you to make an informed choice.
Posted on Oct 08, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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