How to Remove a Cyclops, Date Magnifier from Your Swiss Watch

Rolex cyclops

Many watch aficionados think that the appearance of watch dial can be enhanced with the removal of the cyclops aperture. It is, in fact, possible to remove a cyclops magnifier with a butane torch and razor blade in less than 10 seconds. The video below walks you through step-by-step. That said, we don't recommend that you use this method for a higher quality watch.

For something like a Rolex, we suggest you remove the crystal and soak it in acetone until the cyclops comes off (1-2 days). The crystal can then be reinstalled. But this should be done under the guidance of a watchmaker or watch repair professional. Avoid the "chisel-and-tap" method which is sometimes promoted as a quick, cheap alternative. 

A final note of caution: none of these cyclops removal techniques are for the faint of heart so proceed carefully.

Categories: Other, Rolex, Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Watch Repair.

Comments (1)

  1. malingerer

    I LOVE the cyclops! Why remove it?

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