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How to Change a Crown on a Rolex Watch

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Mini screwdriver
  • Rolex case opener

About the Author

Vanessa Padgalskas was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., and currently resides in Portland, Ore. Padgalskas graduated from American University in 2007 with degrees in international studies and economics. She holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

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