Cyclops date windows have been polarising ever since they first emerged.
Some people love them, some hate them. Do they really help you see the date more clearly? It's subjective. Horses for courses. Personally, I don't mind them, but I can understand why people might not.
As we're often asked to remove them (and sometimes to add them!), Nick thought it'd be nice if we were to write a short tutorial about removing a Rolex Cyclops date window. There are other guides online, but worryingly, many of them do the removal whilst the crystal is still in the case.
With that said, step one is obviously to remove the crystal from the case.
We won't be going into that in this tutorial - removing the crystal is another process altogether.
Next, you'll need a lighter or other source of flame. Holding the crystal with a pair of pliers or similar tool, apply the flame directly onto the cyclops window.
As you're heating it up, you'll notice a black residue begins to form on the crystal. Fear not, this residue can simply be washed off with a liquid soap. Heating the crystal will bring it no harm.
As you continue to apply heat, you may be able to smell the glue beginning to melt. Regardless, using another tool, try and shift the cyclops from its original position. If the glue has been sufficiently melted, it'll slide right off. This is not always the case, so don't be surprised if it requires a little bit of force.
Once the cyclops window is off, run the crystal under water and gently scrub the black residue off with a non-abrasive cloth.
After cleaning you may notice some remaining glue:
Using an emery paper stick with extremely fine-grit paper (granularity greater than 2000), sand the area with the glue residue. Apply as little pressure as possible while sanding; the emery paper stick should rest on the crystal under its own weight. The glue should come off with ease, leaving you with a shiny crystal free of the dreaded (loved?) cyclops window.
This should only be done if you're absolutely sure it's what you want. Of course, the 'renovation' is reversible by fitting a new crystal with the cyclops.
Until next time,