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Univeral Geneve Crystal Adhesion

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Univeral Geneve Crystal Adhesion

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Post by sistem_32 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:48 pm

As you may have seen, I posted a while back on the "What have you got in the mail" thread that I had purchased a vintage Univeral Geneve. Well, unfortunately I've discovered a problem. The adhesive holding in the crystal has entirely failed, allowing the crystal to simply fall out of the case. I have some horological chops, so I don't doubt that it's an issue I can fix myself. However, I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't know the first thing about adhesives. I was hoping you might be able to help me--I need an adhesive to bond the acrylic crystal to the gold-plated case without harming either one. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I also asked over on the "other place," so we'll see what comes of it.

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Re: Univeral Geneve Crystal Adhesion

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Post by TheJohnP » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 pm

Did you ask in the watch makers thread?
The group there are very responsive and knowledgeable
I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.
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Re: Univeral Geneve Crystal Adhesion

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Post by sistem_32 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:49 pm

TheJohnP wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:11 pm
Did you ask in the watch makers thread?
The group there are very responsive and knowledgeable
Yes I did; perusing some of the other threads there I was impressed by those very qualities.
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Post by FTE » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:45 am

Esslinger has a few different epoxies. Here it what I use:

https://www.esslinger.com/gs-crystal-hy ... stal-glue/
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Post by atdegs » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:57 am

http://www.ofrei.com/page382.html

I think most serious watchmakers use the UV activated stuff, but there are other options. Just make sure you get something designed for acrylic, or it could cloud it up.
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Post by ManOnTime » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:21 am

FTE wrote:
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Esslinger has a few different epoxies. Here it what I use:

https://www.esslinger.com/gs-crystal-hy ... stal-glue/

This is what I've used in the past as well, and I've been very happy with it.
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Post by sistem_32 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:06 pm

Thanks a lot for the input! I'll order a tube of the stuff and post an update after my attempt.
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Post by FTE » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:58 pm

sistem_32 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:06 pm
Thanks a lot for the input! I'll order a tube of the stuff and post an update after my attempt.
Some advice, go thin / light on the application and remove any excess before you put the crystal in place.
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Post by FTE » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:58 pm

sistem_32 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:06 pm
Thanks a lot for the input! I'll order a tube of the stuff and post an update after my attempt.
Some advice, go thin / light on the application and remove any excess before you put the crystal in place.
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