Screenguard Your Watch Face





Introduction: Screenguard Your Watch Face

I tend to be very accident prone, and because of this, every watch I've ever owned has tended to get scratched up and scuffed pretty bad. So when I got a much sought after binary watch for my birthday, I knew I needed to either come up with a way to protect the face better, or not wear it very much. And a watch like this begs to be showed off! So, what I did, was make a screenguard for my watch. Today, I replaced the screenguard (they do need to be replaced periodically), and I thought I would share my idea with you.

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this, you will need:

1.) Watch
2.) Screenguard
3.) Screenguard card, or credit card
4.) Magic scotch tape
5.) Permanent marker (should be fine tip)
6.) Good pair of scissors
7.) Windex and paper towels

Step 2: Prepping the Screenguard and Cutting

Fold a curl of magic tape (make it doublesided) and place it on the watch face. Then position the screenguard over the watch, and secure it to the tape. I used a PSP screenguard, because I have a PSP, and found a bunch on sale once, so I have plenty to spare.
Try to position it so that you can re-use the rest of the screenguard on your watch in the future. The PSP screenguards will be able to cover a standard watch face three times.
Using your marker, carefully draw around the edge of the watch face, staying as close to the glass as possible, then remove the screenguard and tape from the watch. Using your scissors, cut the circle out. This part is crucial: WHEN CUTTING, CUT TO THE INSIDE OF THE LINE YOU MADE. If you cut around the outside, it will be too big, and overlap the glass, and you will have to trim. Cutting around the inside of the line should give you exactly the right size.
Place the circle over the watch face to verify that the size is correct. You may still have to trim a bit, but not much. Do this carefully, and a little at a time. Too much, and you have to start over.

EDIT: Alternatively, you could also measure the face area of the watch, and then use a compass with a marker to draw the circle. You will want to be careful if you do it this way, because if you press too hard on the pivot, you could accidentally place an indent or hole in the center of your usable screenguard. I would suggest drawing the circle on paper with the compass and a pencil, then using the magic tape, attach the uncut screenguard to the paper, and trace over the drawn circle. Remember, when you measure across the watch face, divide that number in half before you draw the circle. Thanks to gmjhowe, for the suggestion.

Step 3: Prep Watch and Apply Cover

Spray a bit of Windex onto a paper towel and clean the watch face. Use a dry portion of the towel to remove excess moisture.
Carefully peel the screenguard apart halfway. With the backing still partially on, align the edge of the screenguard with the watch face, then pressing down on the applied portion, remove the rest of the backing. Use the card to smooth out the bubbles, if any, then you are done.



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    15 Discussions

    I've never actually seen a binary watch, until this instructable, is the time shown with a series of lights that are either on or off? (1 or 0 type thing, like binary) Or what sort of way does it actually display time?

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    The top row is the hours, the bottom the minutes. From left to right, the top row of LEDs represent 8,4,2, and 1. From left to right, the bottom row represents 32,16,8,4,2, and 1. For the hours, you simply add up the top row of lights that are on, and for minutes you just add up the bottom row. For example, below the 1s are LEDs that are on, and 0s are LEDs that are off:


    That time would be 11:32


    That would be 1:01

    Hope I helped!

    Sorry I'm reply to such an old comment, but I love this idea, I don't understand the minutes bit though...

    1011 is 11 - I understand that
    010011 I would read as 19 (16+2+1) but you say it is 32!?

    Many apologies if this is a stupid question!! :)

    I have that exact watch!! I love mine and like you, I love to show it off... how many times have you been asked "how do you tell the time with that?" or "is that a watch?!" lol. anyway, I might make this, depends if I can be arsed...

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    I get asked all the time how I tell time on it, or what kind of watch is it. You really should do the mod. It's super easy, and it really protects your screen. I've had the watch for more than a year now, and there are no scratches on the screen, (although I've gone through 3 screenguards)... Sadly, the watchband has not held up so well. While it still stays on the wrist, both rings are broke, and there is a crack in the leather.

    ouch, i allready have a littel scratch on the screen. the strap seems allright but its gone realy dull on the underside. i'll make a few of these screen guards if i get the time...

    It's best really, to make one at a time. If done properly, one should last you quite a while; by while, I mean several months to a year. Use a screenguard that should be able to cover the area of the watch at least twice, make one, and put the rest away for later.

    I like this I collect pocket watches and Mickey and grandpa's old 1926 Illinois get scratched up bad when kids and adults see them and with all the in and out of pocket if I put keys in wrong pocket .....good job

    good idea, good instructable also, i can help but think it mite be easier to measure the diameter, then use a compass to draw the circle?

    Could someone please tell me how to add the images? I thought I had them added, but they apparently, they didn't