“Project” 6309 !!Strip & clean the main case.
Tools needed bezel knife.
Rotate the bezel and find the cut out, this is a small section underneath the bezel that has been factory ground away to assist removal.
When I have located it I always turn it round until it is at the 12 position, now slide the blade into the recess and work it along a little while twisting the blade and the bezel will come away from the case.
Also in the previous step you can place some tape/paper on the case under the bezel tool to prevent damage to the case.
Now the bezel is off you can see the crystal retaining ring this also has a recess ground into the bottom face, find the recess and again insert your bezel tool into it and gently prize the retainer off.
Now just push the crystal out from the back of the case, often on a old watch the crystal gasket will come out with the crystal (with this one all three came out together), then there is the thin metal shim that the gasket sits on to come out followed by the chapter ring.
After inspecting the case I will now drop it into the ultrasonic cleaner along with the bezel, retaining ring and crown/stem for a few cycles to remove any gunk or dirt.
The crystal badly marked and will be replaced I am going to use one of Harolds flat sapphires on this one for a change.
The click ball and spring are missing but I have a set of OEM spares to use so no problem replacing them.
The crystal retaining ring is dirty but in good condition.
The bezel was very loose and the gasket had disintegrated and was no longer there.
To remove the insert basically just prize it away from the bezel, if you are going to reuse the insert then it is best to work around the bezel a little at a time so as not to bend the insert by trying to get it all out at once.
The original insert is poor so again I will be replacing it with more than likely one of Harold’s that he has had made very close to the original specifications, I have used the ones from the 007 (OEM) in the past but I think the big dot looks better, obviously any of the numerous inserts that are available from many sources can also be used, Noah has a good range if you fancy something different at this stage. But for me I want this to be as near original looking as I can (going to be a keeper spare).
The case in general shows it’s age so I will do some refinishing to get it looking better if I can.
At no time do I say my methods are the correct way, best way, proper way or the only way just that these methods work for me [font=Wingdings]J[/font] [font=Wingdings]J[/font] [font=Wingdings]J[/font] you copy or use these methods at your own risk [font=Wingdings]J[/font]
Why have this project? Two reasons,
To perhaps help some of you guys to do a little more to your watches and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
Ulterior motive of mine to pick up tips from others [font=Wingdings]J[/font]