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    josh

    gangh58 how did your repair go? Do you think using the 33.5mm, reusing then gasket, and using glue to fill in the gap near the bezel worked?  Will it have better water resistance?

    Great pics, by the way!

    I just received my Steel HR a few days ago.  Love it so far, but reading through this forum makes me concerned about the mineral glass crystal. I would have preferred the sapphire (and I like the look of the blue face) but can’t justify the extra expense.  (Honestly, at $300, it’s priced in the Apple Watch range...)

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    gangh58

    Well josh, I did get the 33.5mm sapphire glass and used a glue to fill the surrounding. Unfortunately, I could not get the watch to sync to my phone anymore. It still ticks but I have no way to set the time or to get any data from it. So it's sitting in my draw. This watch did have some water leak previously with broken glass and the vibration motor has some visible rust. I don't know if that caused the a part of the circuit to stop working.I didn't test the water tightness with the new glass. 

    So here is the finished watch that doesn't work.

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    alenbud

    Hi guys just my 2 cents..

    I bought a Saphire glass 34x2.6x1.2mm from Ali express and it worked perfectly, well i looked like it would not, it looked too big but i have a glass setting tool for watches (its cheap off alixpress) and it supprised me as it just snapped in, it sits proud about i would say less than a millimeter.
    I have photos but have no idea how to upload them but ill post a video to youtube just search Withings Glass Repair it should come up.
    I would like to give credit to you all here as its where i got my inspiration from and also the size of the glass, do note i also installed the glass gasket, i have two more to do so ill update the video and record the glass snapping in place no glue and i am very sure its water proof still but i am not taking the risk. Good luck. alenbud@live.com

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    jazzthree.wav

     

    This week, I got a scratch on my steel HR sport. I was so shocked. And I found this post. I ordered the 34mm glass at aliexpress, and i am now waiting the shipping. But I found another way to fix scratched withings glass before the shipping!!
    I used “YANASE Glacerium”. what I did was only polishing by hand. I used pieces of old clothes and disposable wooden chopsticks. I felt using wood directly is suitable for polishing scratches on glass because the fiber can go into the gap of scratches. The scratch was not so shallow, it catched my nail and stood out so much. I was skeptical about this product. But, it took over 4 hours, finally the scratch was gone almost perfectly. Because I can see the progress of removing scratch, 4 hours was not bad for me. If you can use rotary tool, you may save time. I am in Japan, but glacerium seems to available in other countries. Because I was very very shocked for the scratch, I did not take photos of before. Replacing the glass is great way, but it may be the last resort. It may require technique and have risks to damage the watch. I would like to share this great product for the owners who have scratched withings watch.

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    gangh58

    As I reported earlier, https://support.withings.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360030643014/comments/360001839858, after replacing the broken crystal, my watch no longer synced. Well, I opened the watch again and poked around a bit. It turn out the that the problem was the reset button. Under the button, there should be a soft conductive membrane covering the contact points on the substrate. That membrane is missing, probably lost during battery change. So what I did was to use a pair of tweezers to make the contact, and that was enough to reset the watch and caused it to pair to my phone again. 

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    PaulZ

    alenbud I have tried looking for your video on youtube and can't find it.  Are you able to post the direct link for the video?  It sounds like your replacement was quite successful, would love to see the video.  My screen has also inexplicably cracked so needs replacing.

    Thanks.

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    foxcyrus

    Also would like to see your video Alen I tried searching youtube and could not find it. I have purchased both a sapphire and a mineral single dome 1.2x34mm . I just dropped my very old Steel HR on the tile and this time it did crack, Looks like I will be waiting 4-6 weeks for aliexpress. I am planning snapping in place with just a c clamp and fabric to protect the new glass. Will wait to break out the old glass of the watch till the replacement gets here. Hoping to see the seal intact and I will be testing whether it is waterproof after replacement. Nice to know I can upgrade it to sapphire at such a reasonable cost.

    Update: it is double dome glass 1.2 mm thk, I dissassembled mine partially on accident trying to tape it up to use while I waited for the glass to get here. The gasket was a pain to get back in as was removing the excess glass stuck around. Gasket measure around ≈.3mm thk and .6mm tall, I got a replacement for that as well(even though the face of my watch is black, gasket is white so that is what I have coming as a replacement as well - 34x0.8x0.35mm). Never seems like the dial is perfectly clean and smudge free after cleaning (Rubbing alcohol and qtip is what I used), also I kind of want to go and take apart the whole watch and see if I can't replace the battery while I am in here (Found someone who did with a heat gun and pressure for the OG steel hr like mine [ https://www.hizliresim.com/l2bI8s ] ). I want to put in single dome sapphire replacement as I think it would be stronger but worry it will interfere with the movement. Sure wish Withings would make the specs and internals of this watch open/transparent, thank goodness for this forum and aliexpress. 

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    nokia

    Just to follow up with everyone still reading this. The sapphire replacement has been fantastic. It’s been well over two years now? The replacement does sit proud a bit higher than the stock crystal but it’s been significantly more resilient. Haven’t had much tests in the water since I don’t use it for that purpose and have a leather band. For those still curious about this process. Use an exacto or fine tool to clear out the old glass and debris. Use air gently to brush out the dust and particles on the exposed watch face. Get the replacement crystal set it over top and press evenly down. It will snap into place and mine has held for years now. Be patient and use the recommended sizes listed in this thread as a replacement you will be golden.

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    russell.kuck

    Ok I bought two the 34mm X 1.5mm. If you press it in all the way (like you should) the hands hit the FLAT GLASS/CRYSTAL on the under side. Then the hands don't move any more of course. NOT GOOD! The you break the crystal again (the new one) and start over. There is a reason you NEED TO replace your Crystal with a factory like "DOMED" crystal. Not a flat crystal. If your hands are not touching your flat installed crystal,,,,,, your crystal is not seated all the way down, as it should be.            YES I know, when installing a 1.5mm thickness crystal your outer edges will NOT BE FLUSH with the top of the watch's bezel. It sticks up about .2mm-.4mm. I too as someone else said, liked "that look" and I wanted "that look".        My next learning subjects are. The black or white rubber O-Ring that others talk about. Has a white or black thin FACTORY adhesive residue left on the O-Ring/watch. It's to "Glue and Seal" the watch crystal into place. You can see it and clean it out, when you pull the watch apart to replace your crystal. I also found, short rap (s) of the backside of a good table spoon works very well in getting you started on your project. It's to break a hole in your crystal but you need to craze it all over to make it easier. Once you have your hole you can start poping out the glass with a steak knife tip very gently, to get the rest of the glass out. How that I just broken out two crystals within 20 minutes of each other, due to the flat glass one I installed. I'm getting pretty good at it. This project is not for the faint at heart. You have to be aggressive but not toooooo aggressive. Take it slow. You can do it. Then to put it back together. Lot of glass dust all over for sure. MAKE SURE YOUR WATCH TIME IS THE SAME AS YOU WATCH HANDS. That would suck to press your glass in place having screwed up your watch time verse your watch's hand time. Or fix it with your smart phone later. When pressing in the glass/crystal in. You need something that is somewhat compressible but yet very firm. That will form/imprint to the back and front of the watch to soon apply, good, heavy, even pressure on everything to snap it together, not to break the crystal while installing it. Then you can press the crystal in all the way with your form fitting press you made. But ONLY AFTER YOU GET the crystal STARTED, and it's straight started "BY HAND"/fingers. Good LUCK...... Then once you fixed your watch, you can break it, scratch it all up as you wish or want to. Because you can fix it every time for about $25 bucks and 1 hour of your time. You will get better at it every time. /rk

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