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Old 5 October 2019, 02:18 AM   #1
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Finding a Tudor Submariner Blue insert!!

I feel I must be looking the wrong places. Canít believe itís that difficult to find a bezel insert. I have a 76100 which is a black one and all original. Gorgeous watch. I know I will get flogged on here by purists but just to have an option of something a little different I have been trying to track down a blue insert. I donít mind if itís a brand new service one or old. Donít have ££ to buy some
Special faded crazy priced thing.

Can you still order them from Rolex if you lost one for instance or is it just luck for whatís out there?

Anyone with a blue sub want to Ďloseí theirs and ask Rolex for a replacement for me? Help guys!!
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Old 5 October 2019, 02:36 AM   #2
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Bezel inserts are really getting to be a collecting hobby on their own and prices are, in my opinion, insane. Good luck.
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Old 5 October 2019, 05:06 AM   #3
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Thought I would get a new one for mine till I saw the prices.As mentioned ridiculous money for one
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Old 5 October 2019, 05:31 AM   #4
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I passed on a nice, early 70s Tudor Sub bc after pointing out the bezel was wrong, the owner indicated the original bezel insert was damaged beyond use in a motorcycle accident. This was ab 2ish years ago, and even then it was like 1500-2500USD for a decent proper, period bezel insert.
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Old 5 October 2019, 05:36 AM   #5
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I have two I can sell if someone is having problems finding.
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Old 5 October 2019, 06:48 AM   #6
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I have two I can sell if someone is having problems finding.
Easy to find. Just canít justify spending the money on one.Private sellers asking more than Rolex/Tudor want for one.
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Old 5 October 2019, 03:43 PM   #7
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Easy to find. Just canít justify spending the money on one.Private sellers asking more than Rolex/Tudor want for one.
Well.. Since the watches cost as they do it explains why parts also cost a ton. It would be weird if you could build a watch cheaper by buying parts and cobble it together.
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Old 6 October 2019, 12:55 AM   #8
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Easy to find. Just can’t justify spending the money on one.Private sellers asking more than Rolex/Tudor want for one.

But you are not buying a NOS Snowflake insert from 40 years ago in great shape.

So no, you are not getting an original equipment as shipped insert from Rolex/Tudor.
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Old 6 October 2019, 07:57 AM   #9
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Would an ad not Oder a new one? How much is a bezel from an ad?
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Old 6 October 2019, 08:02 AM   #10
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Would an ad not Oder a new one? How much is a bezel from an ad?
New service insert cost around 100usd. If you want older time correct parts the AD is not likely able to help at all.
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Old 6 October 2019, 08:05 AM   #11
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No just want a blue option. Brand new is fine. Might ask Nicely at the ad.
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Old 6 October 2019, 08:08 AM   #12
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No just want a blue option. Brand new is fine. Might ask Nicely at the ad.
Worth trying. A RSC should be able to help.
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Old 6 October 2019, 02:27 PM   #13
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Just pop the current bezel off and tell the AD you lost it.
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Old 6 October 2019, 04:20 PM   #14
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Just pop the current bezel off and tell the AD you lost it.
Oh, I misunderstood. Rolex wouldn't put a blue insert on a black-dial watch. As you were...
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Old 6 October 2019, 05:35 PM   #15
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Oh, I misunderstood. Rolex wouldn't put a blue insert on a black-dial watch. As you were...
And rightly so.
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Old 8 October 2019, 01:05 AM   #16
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Would the serial tell them the colour. My ad is happy to order without seeing the watch just wants the serial number? Anyone got a blue one for the serial I might borrow? ;-)
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I thought I wanted a faded one (and maybe I still kind of do?), but two things kind of changed my mind:

1.) I started to like the bezel that came with my watch; in pictures it was a harsh blue but in person it actually looks really great with the watch
2.) THE PRICES!

I'm not going to spend $3-4k for a thin piece of aluminum to get a few shades lighter on the bezel. It's absurd.
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Old 8 October 2019, 01:20 AM   #18
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I know. I don’t even care about the faded colour. Just want the option of blue. But like the Rolex GMT when people for £60 had the coke Pepsi or black options to mix it up.
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Old 8 October 2019, 11:25 PM   #19
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Battered to hell and back but the original insert.

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Old 9 October 2019, 07:10 AM   #20
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You should reach out to John Rooney, from First Class Dials.......you can find them online and call them or email them. Tell him what you are looking for and he might be able to find one for you. There are some folks on IG that sell them but they are effin crazy in there pricing. If you reach out to John tell him that Marc from NY, who just purchased a blue insert for my 16800 told him you should connect.
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Old 10 October 2019, 03:25 AM   #21
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Just saw one in sealed package for sale on VRF.
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Old 10 October 2019, 06:14 AM   #22
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Thanks guys. Just contacted John Rooney. Will see what he says.
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Old 13 October 2019, 07:07 AM   #23
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Curious what he said?? I am hopefully meeting him on Monday as I got an invite to the International Jewelry and Watch Show in Brooklyn NY from a wholesaler I got introduced too...
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Old 15 October 2019, 12:43 AM   #24
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helpful but offered an insert for over $1000. too rich for me! no one willing to pop there bezel off and order me one at their AD? will pay for your hard work! Ha!
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Old 15 October 2019, 01:40 AM   #25
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helpful but offered an insert for over $1000.
That's kind of the going rate... Unlikely that someone will flip off their bezel and get one from an AD for you, even for a similar price. Got to pay to play...
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Old 15 October 2019, 01:41 AM   #26
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Well Iím not playing if a new bezel costing £100 is sold for £1000. I get vintage and faded etc. Oh well. Never mind.


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