Remember what she looks like! :-D
Testing the watch out with my
lens polarizer. Here you can see the display is still grey with black
numbers. Let me rotate the polarizer a little and you get....
a black display! :-) Where are
the numbers? Guess I have to take her apart and...
Got the movement out. Wasn't
difficult at all. The movement fits snug into the case. If you look very
carefully you can see the edge of the polarizer. It glued to the display
with something like rubber cement.
The display is snapped onto
the plastic movement ring. It's a little tricky getting it out. Take your
time and go very slow! The white panel is the EL panel. There is a clear
plastic sheet over it you can sandwich your custom graphics.
Using an x-atco blade I was
able to remove the polarizer. I dragged the blade along the edge where the
polarize meets the display panel. The polarizer feels like plastic. I'll
have to run out and see if I can find more of this stuff. Notice the
polarizer is tinted grey which you didn't see when it was on the display
I placed the display panel
back onto the plastic movement ring. I just finished removing the rubber
cement off of the polarizer with Goo Gone.
There's the numbers! The watch
was running all this time. Very interseting how the polarizer turns clear
when it's over the LCD.
This is the trick to get a
reverse display :-) Turn the polarizer 90 degrees! That's it! :-) In this
shot the EL is turned on.
The polarizer doesn't have to
touch the LCD for it to display the numbers/text. COOL!
Not just plastic. I found 2
place that sells polarizer film. I ordered a sheet from both places. Lets
see if it works.
Received one of the polarizer
film from Edumund Industrails Optics. The film is pretty thick. I was
worried it won't fit in between the crystal and movement.
Before cutting make sure the
polarizer is in the right position. Here you can see the polarizer with it's
protective covering. I'm just about to trace the shape of the original
polarizer onto the new sheet.
Cut and ready to test the new
polarizer. The protective covering is still on the polarizer
Perfect fit! :-)
Everything fits! :-)
Protective covering still on polarizer
Protcetive covering is OFF!
:-D Looking GOOD! :-)
Looks great in direct
light, not so good in low light condition :-( I think the problem is
the thick polarizer. I should have the other polarizer sometime this
week. That sheet is thinner. Lets hope it works better :-)
Pictures: Chris Moy