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Old 5 June 2019, 10:43 AM   #1
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Rolex 6694 1974 - Crown has fallen out - stem still in watch

Rolex 6694 1974 - Crown has fallen out - stem still in watch

Is this something I should try and fix myself? It doesnt look that difficult, I presume I open the case, remove the stem, rescrew the crown back onto the stem?
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Old 5 June 2019, 10:49 AM   #2
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No, your crown has broken and you will need a new one.
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Old 5 June 2019, 11:02 AM   #3
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The crown can be salvaged...

https://youtu.be/3VyAuFQFm_Q


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Old 5 June 2019, 11:07 AM   #4
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No, your crown has broken and you will need a new one.

Now you have said its broken I can see some damage around the crown. Is that why you are saying its broken, as it is been snapped off?

Thanks for the response
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Old 5 June 2019, 11:19 AM   #5
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No, the crown is broken. The procedure you have linked to has nothing to do with the OP's situation.
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Old 5 June 2019, 11:21 AM   #6
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Answering my own question here, I have seen a photo of a complete crown for this part and yes there is part of the crown inside the watch that has broken off. I got this for a steal because it 'wasnt running', full set, green stripe box, papers, coupons tags, you name it. So if in the end its just the crown that is an issue I am doing ok.

I did manage to wind the watch and it winds smoothly and runs beautifully. I just cant set the date/time which is understandable.
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Old 5 June 2019, 11:22 AM   #7
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Now you have said its broken I can see some damage around the crown. Is that why you are saying its broken, as it is been snapped off?

Thanks for the response
The crown hasn't simply unscrewed from the winding stem. The crown has actually snapped off and will need to be replaced. You will be able to re-use the old stem, however, the piece of the crown still attached will need to be removed. You will also need to heat up the broken part of the crown before it is removed so you dissolve the loctite.
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Old 5 June 2019, 11:26 AM   #8
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The crown hasn't simply unscrewed from the winding stem. The crown has actually snapped off and will need to be replaced. You will be able to re-use the old stem, however, the piece of the crown still attached will need to be removed. You will also need to heat up the broken part of the crown before it is removed so you dissolve the loctite.

Thanks for the tips :-)

I think I will hand this over to my watch maker to stop being such a tightass.

From the looks of the watch, the crown broke very early in its life and it was packed up in its box and forgotten. The bracelet clasp hinge is still really tight, the watch was never polished and has barely any scratches.
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Thanks for the tips :-)

I think I will hand this over to my watch maker to stop being such a tightass.

From the looks of the watch, the crown broke very early in its life and it was packed up in its box and forgotten. The bracelet clasp hinge is still really tight, the watch was never polished and has barely any scratches.
If it's been open like this for a long while I suggest getting a service while the crown gets fixed.
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Old 5 June 2019, 02:55 PM   #10
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If it's been open like this for a long while I suggest getting a service while the crown gets fixed.
Yes I agree, it looks like like its been in this box since the mid 1980's.
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Old 8 June 2019, 06:30 AM   #11
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Both crown and tube should be changed because they are very worn. Your crown is of the old type. the new type of crown is solid steel and dont have the cap as yours have. But you should save the old crown
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Old 12 June 2019, 08:43 AM   #12
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Both crown and tube should be changed because they are very worn. Your crown is of the old type. the new type of crown is solid steel and dont have the cap as yours have. But you should save the old crown
Thanks for that advice. I dropped the watch off at my watch maker over the weekend, hopefully it isnt too costly a repair. However, he was selling one on a leather strap for 5k. I paid 2.6k for this full set :) AUD.
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