Removing Scratches from Your Watch Crystal
Whether your watch has mechanical (mainspring powered movement that requires no battery) or quartz movement, a fresh scratch on a flawless crystal is a sigh-worthy sight. Up until 40 years ago, most watches came equipped with an acrylic crystal to protect the dial and hands. Acrylic costs less and can be polished. Commonly endorsed polishing agents are Polywatch, Displex, and Brasso; your regular toothpaste might also do the trick! Cartier Tank Basculante 18K Gold and Diamond Watch 2506[/caption] Before you proceed with removing the scratch, cover up the bezel with tape to avoid damaging the watch's bezel whilst polishing. Next, using a soft polishing cloth, work a small amount of acrylic polishing agent into the scratch in a circular motion. It should take a couple of minutes to get rid of the light scratches. However, if your watch has very deep scratches then you will have to replace the crystal.
If Your Watch Took a Dive
You should certainly think twice before exposing your timepiece to any body of water, especially a vintage timepiece--gasket failures can happen at any time (it even happens often on brand new watches). A contemporary watch dial, as well as handset, can be replaced with very little effort. Replacing these same elements on a vintage wristwatch could be a challenge though, especially if it’s a rare and unique timepiece.
Jaeger Lecoultre Hermes Gold Travel Clock If exposing your watch to water led to some fog under the crystal, simply give your watch time to dry (or acclimate if it was a vapor that caused your watch do get foggy), the vapor should dissipate and your watch should then be up and running again. Cartier Citrine Diamond 14K Yellow Gold Ladies Vintage Watch