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Oct. 8, 2003
60 Discussions and Comments
Member since March 21, 2003
I wanted to find out which IWC watches were manufactured using glue. Is it safe to say any exotic material will entail the use of glue?
I heard the 3705 Fliegerchrono Ceramic and the PD 3704 Titanchrono have their crystals glued to the case. Please verify or correct.
What is the reliabilty of this construction method?
I remember the old days when a bicycle company named "trek" bonded their tubes together with a hi-tech epoxy-glue cured in an oven. The general public never embraced that. Infact I heard stories that if their bike was left in a car during the summer, the bikes bonded joints would come apart, like an oven.
Oct. 9, 2003
665 Discussions and Comments
Member since March 22, 2001
If you have any doubts about the durability of securing saphire crystals to cases by means of glue then consider the PD Ocean 2000, PD Ocean 500, and the GST Aquatimer - all designed to withstand enormous amounts of pressure up to 2000 meters.
These commercial hi-tech epoxy glues have been laboratory tested and are used in many industry applications with excellent results. The crystals are secured to the case when the special glue is hardened in the oven at 150 degree celsius (approx. 300 degree fahrenheit). I used this powerful stuff recently on an old PD Ocean 2000 and re-glued the crystal with good success.
Remember that the PD Ocean timepieces have been on the market for a very long time and, to my knowledge, there hasn't been any reported problems such as what you mentioned.
P.S. Thanks for the plug in your post below. It's very kind of you.