Brand new wrist watches have transparent glass, impeccably polished. But over time, even if the watch was handled very carefully, numerous subtle scratches form on the glass, which worsen its appearance. If the handling was careless, or, for example, accidentally came into contact with a hard surface, then the scratches can be rough and well noticeable.
It is necessary
- - pieces of dense leather or felt;
- - polishing paste (for example, GOI), toothpaste, mineral oil.
Whether it is possible to return the watch glass to its original appearance at home depends on what material the watch glass is made of. The most common and cheapest option is organic glass. Natural glass is less common. The rarest and, therefore, the most expensive option is sapphire crystal. It is made from artificially grown crystal and is often coated with an anti-reflective coating. Sapphire crystal has a very hard surface, so it is very difficult to scratch it. But sometimes it does happen.
Carefully remove the glass, begin to move it in a wave-like motion over a piece of leather or felt, on which a mixture of polishing paste and water is applied. If the scratches are very shallow, barely noticeable, use the finest-grained paste for fine work for work. For example, GOI paste (from the abbreviation "State Optical Institute") is subdivided into coarse (number 4), medium (number 3) and fine (numbers 2 and 1).
After a while, rinse the glass, dry it thoroughly and evaluate how successful the work was. If the scratches are all but disappear, dab some toothpaste on a new piece of leather or felt, add a few drops of water, and rub the glass again in a wave-like motion. After a while, rinse, dry, rub a little mineral oil into the glass. It will look like new.
If the glass is natural, immediately tune in that the work will take much longer. After all, this material is much tougher than organic glass. Therefore, it makes sense to start working with a coarser GOI paste (number 4), gradually replacing it with a medium one, and then with a thin one. As for the rest, the operation algorithm is no different from the one described above.
Well, if you have sapphire glass, you should not risk it, because this material, in addition to its hardness, is highly fragile, sensitive to impacts. When repairing at home, such glass can be easily shattered. Therefore, it is better to take the watch to the workshop.