Schatz Marine clock crystal

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  1. Bill Manders

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    Just wondering how to remove the clip so as I can replace the crystal on this clock.
    See pictures,
    Thanks in advance,
    Bill

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  2. Uhralt

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    The pictures are not very clear but I believe it is a light friction fit. It should just pull out to the back unless somebody glued it in.

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  3. Bill Manders

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    Uhralt,
    Yes that is what I thought also, but either they have glued it in, or it has never been out, and is just stuck with years of residue .
    I think I will soak it in hot water for a bit and hope that loosens whatever might be holding it.
    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  4. R. Croswell

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    You might try placing the bezel in almost boiling water which should expand the bezel a bit which might help release the broken glass.

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  5. Bill Manders

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    I tried that, and unfortunately, the bezel remained. The bezel is so thin I have nothing to hook it with to pull up on.
    I have since broken the glass out completely,as I was hoping that would maybe give me a better chance of snagging the bezel, but as yet have not been able to do it.
    Thanks for the attempt, RC appreciate it. I will keep working on it.
     
  6. Uhralt

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    In case the clip has been glued in, heat might break the bond. You could try to put the complete bezel in a kitchen oven at about 350 degrees for some time. Alternatively you could use some solvent like acetone or carburetor cleaner to dissolve the glue. Use solvents of course without the oven.

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  7. D.th.munroe

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    Just a question. Are the clip and glass plastic? On the mini mariner I worked on last, the glass and the ring holding it in were both plastic and the ring was glued in
     
  8. Uhralt

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    If it is plastic, please don't bake it! I was assuming real glass and a metal bezel and clip.

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  9. Bill Manders

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    Hi Uhralt,
    The crystal was glass and the clip appears to be like aluminum, (it is some sort of metal ).
    I am still in a quandary about how to move the clip. I took it to a fabricator and he suggested that he could mill the clip out and make a new one, but the money to do that was more than I wanted to spend. Now I am sorry I broke the cracked glass out, but thought that the clip would not be a real problem.
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  10. Uhralt

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    Did you try heat? If everything is metal as you say, you could use a torch to heat it up and maybe break a glue bond. Or bake it as previously suggested. Before you do that, can you show a clear picture of how the bezel looks like from the front and from the back, without the glass? Is it possible that the glass should be inserted from the front?

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  11. shutterbug

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    I have never been happy with trying to remove and/or replace glass in bevels with heat. I don't have an alternate suggestion, and heat was the obvious original method of inserting glass into bezels. Water heated to boiling might work, but in my limited experience it was not hot enough to accomplish the task.
     
  12. JimmyOz

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    If all of the above fail maybe you should try to mill it out yourself, or if you don't have a mill use a dremmel or if you can cut across it you may be able to lift the cut part high enough to get a good hold of it and pull it out. You can just putty the new glass in so no need to worry about the state of the clip.
     

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