I found this video and thought it would be interesting for those who are interested. This came about as I am searching for parts for my next project watch. Since I have the Snow Flake hands from MotorCity WatchWorks, I thought I look into getting a watch done up with the hands.
The problem is most of the crystal fitted to the watch case has the cyclops (since I am looking at a Submariner type case). I prefer watches without the cyclops, so I was wondering how to remove the cyclops.
There are a couple of ways to remove the cyclops. The common methods:
1. The chisel method. This is to chisel the cyclops off. Place the chisel at the corner of the cyclops and tap it. Careful not to chip the crystal. Clean residual glue with acetone or 'goof off'.
2. The heat method. Apply heat to the crystal and use a blade to slide the cyclops off. Watch the video.
3. The Acetone method. Soak the crystal in acetone for a few days and the cyclops will pop off. It would be advisable to remove the crystal from the watch before soaking it in acetone. :)
4. The easiest method. Replace the crystal with one without the cyclops.
Anyway the video:
Thanks to rtomson for the video.