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BM0561-54L incoming (cyclops removal)

It is of course a matter of tastes. Same thing happens on The Rolex Forum: some guys remove the cyclops on their watches. First they use solvents, then pry the cyclops off with a jewelers hammer and a fine screwdriver and then clean the sapphire with some more solvent. But the crystal on the BM0561 is mineral.
For myself, I would never touch the cyclops on any of my Rolexs, but then again, if you like your watch without it, then you should try to improve it.

Of course, the resell price of the watch will diminish.


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Hey man if it can't be fixed without a hammer then it aint worth fixing. I think the watch you shared looks classy. As a diver I do not understand the need to know what the date is! Looks like a old persons bi-focals with that big fat cyclops magnifier. I must admit I tend to be a steel strap guy but that blue strap on the link looks tasty too. I'd follow that other dudes method as it worked for him. For the record Rolex Subs with the date mag look crap too. Just shows they were designed for old rich guys who's eyes were failing anyway!
 

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I guess, at 49, I can be officially considered an old (but not rich) guy


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Hey man if it can't be fixed without a hammer then it aint worth fixing. I think the watch you shared looks classy. As a diver I do not understand the need to know what the date is! Looks like a old persons bi-focals with that big fat cyclops magnifier. I must admit I tend to be a steel strap guy but that blue strap on the link looks tasty too. I'd follow that other dudes method as it worked for him. For the record Rolex Subs with the date mag look crap too. Just shows they were designed for old rich guys who's eyes were failing anyway!
We all get old :( but not rich :)
 

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well if you like it without it...remove it...as long as you are happy with it...that is all that truly matters..i know i do not like the cyclops either
 

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it will look much better without it
 

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BM0561-54L incoming (cyclops removal)

I used to wonder why guys needed the day on a watch but these days i find it very useful :)

Same thing happens to me: while working, I check the day and date I am on my watch many times a day. That doesn't happened to me before....


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To remove the cyclops take the crystal out and soak in acetone for 24 hours and it should come off. I tried using heat (oven gas mark 9) but this did not work neither did a big hammer and chisel. Just split the cyclops in half:93:

The above based on the Stardate MK2.

Cant you find a generic crystal to fit?
 

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I used to wonder why guys needed the day on a watch but these days i find it very useful :)
I find the day aka Monday, tuesday handy as I work for myself in my workshop days just merge but the date is never that important to me. As a ex dive instructor I just don't see the need to have the day magnified on a watch as it's the time you have left to breath underwater that tends to be the upmost thing on your mind :)
 

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To remove the cyclops take the crystal out and soak in acetone for 24 hours and it should come off. I tried using heat (oven gas mark 9) but this did not work neither did a big hammer and chisel. Just split the cyclops in half:93:

The above based on the Stardate MK2.

Cant you find a generic crystal to fit?
Never replaced one - although I do have a press:eek:hmy:
 

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Never replaced one - although I do have a press:eek:hmy:
Do you plan using it under water? I replaced the batteries on one of my dive watches thinking I could save a few quid and it filled up with h2o the next time I went diving :25:
 

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If you leave that crystal in acetone for a whole day, maybe you will find that some real magic has happened: your crystal has dissapeared!


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Depending on the bonding agent - you could try putting an electric soldering iron on the magnifier to loosen the glue. If you break it, don't blame me.
 
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