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agent_orange 20 October 2021 06:15 AM

Bezel Removal During Service
 
Hello,

When Rolex services watches with fixed bezels like the OP or Explorer 1 - is it normal procedure to remove the bezel ?

VonSomething 22 October 2021 07:41 PM

For a full service the watch will be completely dismantled, including the bezel. Why do you ask?

agent_orange 22 October 2021 09:12 PM

Thanks,
Asking just out of curiosity...

The bezel is friction fit to the case - so I wonder how they manage to take it out and put it back on without scuffing the case/bezel ?

SearChart 23 October 2021 02:31 AM

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Originally Posted by agent_orange (Post 11772086)
Thanks,
Asking just out of curiosity...

The bezel is friction fit to the case - so I wonder how they manage to take it out and put it back on without scuffing the case/bezel ?

The crystal gasket sits between the rehaut and the bezel, which provides the friction.

agent_orange 23 October 2021 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by SearChart (Post 11772545)
The crystal gasket sits between the rehaut and the bezel, which provides the friction.

So there's no metal to metal contact between the bezel and case ?

SearChart 23 October 2021 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by agent_orange (Post 11773155)
So there's no metal to metal contact between the bezel and case ?

The underside of the bezel sits on the case, but as there is no movement of the two it will not leave a mark. The gasket is the thing that holds it all together.

Crystal gaskets should never be re-used, because they get compressed in between the case and bezel, this will always deform them in some way.

agent_orange 23 October 2021 07:18 PM

I used to think that the bezel on non-divers like the OP and Explorer served only a decorative purpose.
So the bezel actually plays a functional role in sealing the crystal's circumference by compressing the gasket...
Thanks for the explanation!


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