How to Change a Crown on a Rolex Watch

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Rolex is a Swiss-made watch and one of the largest luxury watch companies in the world. To change the crown on a Rolex, you must open the case back, remove the current stem and crown and replace it with a new stem and crown. The stem and crown are attached, so you cannot replace the crown without replacing the stem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mini screwdriver
  • Rolex case opener

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the crown until it pops out, the same way you would unscrew the crown to change the time on the watch.

  2. 2

    Place the watch case opener in the notches around the outside of the back of the watch case. You have to use a watch case opener made for Rolex watches to open the watch. Once the case opener is in place, twist it and the back will pop open.

  3. 3

    Use a mini screwdriver to loosen a tiny screw on the inside of the watch located near the stem. You do not need to unscrew fully--only loosen it.

  4. 4

    Pull the crown straight out. The crown and stem should come out easily.

  5. 5

    Insert the new stem into the same location and tighten the tiny screw to its original position.

  6. 6

    Close the watch case and twist the watch case opener to secure the back in its locked position.

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