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so this landed today from the green isle, it's a Citizen Crystron LC from I believe Jan 1978.

not sure if it works, I've ordered a new battery, it's very grubby, hence in a state of disembowelment and the crystal is very scratched (polywatch on order)

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On 11/05/2021 at 20:33, nursegladys said:

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so this landed today from the green isle, it's a Citizen Crystron LC from I believe Jan 1978.

not sure if it works, I've ordered a new battery, it's very grubby, hence in a state of disembowelment and the crystal is very scratched (polywatch on order)

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So the crystal started out like this below

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After 600, 1000, 1500 & 2000, it looks like this

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Not perfect by any means, but man those scratches are deep and the crystal has a finite depth. I'm happy with the results as a "what if?" trial.

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It's looking better already. I've seen what you can do.. risk v benefit. Only you can judge if you are truly happy.. perhaps a trial fit might make your mind up 

Edit.. some of those scratches might not be noticable against the white face thing. Can it be turned upside down?

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1 hour ago, SolaVeritate said:

It's looking better already. I've seen what you can do.. risk v benefit. Only you can judge if you are truly happy.. perhaps a trial fit might make your mind up 

Edit.. some of those scratches might not be noticable against the white face thing. Can it be turned upside down?

@SolaVeritatethe image is taken from the back, some of the smaller scratches are as you say not noticeable, but the deep scratch remains. The sanding was done face down on a flat surface, so it will eventually be taking down the metal case as well, I believe the plastic crystal is glued in. It could all be a moot point if the watch doesn't work.

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7 minutes ago, nursegladys said:

@SolaVeritatethe image is taken from the back, some of the smaller scratches are as you say not noticeable, but the deep scratch remains. The sanding was done face down on a flat surface, so it will eventually be taking down the metal case as well, I believe the plastic crystal is glued in. It could all be a moot point if the watch doesn't work.

Ahh.. ok. In your shoes I would wait until testing of the watch on a dry run, see if it works. You could always repeat the process after you figure out if it's a runner.

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19 hours ago, SolaVeritate said:

Ahh.. ok. In your shoes I would wait until testing of the watch on a dry run, see if it works. You could always repeat the process after you figure out if it's a runner.

It is my sad quest today to inform you of the demise of the Citizen Crystron LC, after attempting to restart into life with a new cell; I am saddened to say it is deceased, it is no more, it is pining amongst the ethereal Fjords now. Rest in piece my little friend :sorry:

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8 hours ago, nursegladys said:

It is my sad quest today to inform you of the demise of the Citizen Crystron LC, after attempting to restart into life with a new cell; I am saddened to say it is deceased, it is no more, it is pining amongst the ethereal Fjords now. Rest in piece my little friend :sorry:

I hate hearing about a dead watch :(

Well at least you get the practice in for saving one in the future.

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14 minutes ago, nursegladys said:

I was amazed the crystal came out better than I thought it would.

 

As a kid, I used to pop out painted crystals on LCD watches and make see through watches by gently scratching off the paint (it didn't always work) kinda like a kids version of a clear case back but on the front.

Another 'trick' I used to do was get a razor blade and separate the thin plastic film from the front of the LCD display and flip it over to reverse the display. Instead of black numbers on silver background, it was silver numbers on black background. 

I think I must have ruined around 10 casios but nobody had watches like mine.

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