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Old 30 September 2015, 04:49 PM   #31
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Ouch maybe around 2k
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Old 30 September 2015, 04:52 PM   #32
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Ouch maybe around 2k
I think 400-4K lol. I should know in a few days:)
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Old 30 September 2015, 04:54 PM   #33
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IMO the new ceramic sport watches are an improvement and a broken ceramic bezel is still pretty rare. Regardless of whether or not you agree with me, comparing the quality of the aluminum bezels to the cerachrom isn't exactly apples to apples.
There are plenty of stories here on TRF (and other forums) of broken or chipped bezels that are often associated with pricey repairs/replacements. I agree that the ceramic might look better, but it is absolutely "apples to oranges" in terms of "durability" as expressed in cost/benefit terms. In the abstract, I agree that ceramic is surely more difficult to scratch, chip, or crack than the old aluminum inserts. BUT, the old aluminum inserts cost what....$30? Given that, I am now really curious to see what this bezel insert costs to replace given what a show Rolex has made of how difficult/expensive the color combination was to produce. For now, let's be kind to Rolex and say they charge $600 for a new bezel insert (bet it's more). Are you really trying to tell me that the aluminum inserts are/were 20x more likely to need replacement? If they were not, then it seems to me that ceramic is a really poor value proposition....particularly on a watch renowned for its "durability".

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Old 30 September 2015, 05:33 PM   #34
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There are many Rolex models without ceramic inserts to choose from, nobody is holding a gun to our heads :)
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Old 30 September 2015, 05:35 PM   #35
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Old 30 September 2015, 05:42 PM   #36
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Old 30 September 2015, 05:48 PM   #37
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There are plenty of stories here on TRF (and other forums) of broken or chipped bezels that are often associated with pricey repairs/replacements. I agree that the ceramic might look better, but it is absolutely "apples to oranges" in terms of "durability" as expressed in cost/benefit terms. In the abstract, I agree that ceramic is surely more difficult to scratch, chip, or crack than the old aluminum inserts. BUT, the old aluminum inserts cost what....$30? Given that, I am now really curious to see what this bezel insert costs to replace given what a show Rolex has made of how difficult/expensive the color combination was to produce. For now, let's be kind to Rolex and say they charge $600 for a new bezel insert (bet it's more). Are you really trying to tell me that the aluminum inserts are/were 20x more likely to need replacement? If they were not, then it seems to me that ceramic is a really poor value proposition....particularly on a watch renowned for its "durability".


The ceramic insert has been a component on a Rolex watch now for around 7-8 years (maybe longer) so given the volume sold I not worried!

There has been a few on here granted but then how many ceramic insert equipped watches are owned on forum!
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Old 30 September 2015, 06:11 PM   #38
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Again, I am not saying that they aren't "stronger" than aluminum and I might even accept that they look "better". That said, I am not AT ALL sure that the juice is worth the squeeze. Frankly, it even starts to look a lot like a very planned Rolex revenue generation scheme when they cost more than 20x as much to replace and necessitate replacement with more than 1/20th of regularity of an aluminum insert. To be honest, this ceramic issue is part of what kept me from throwing down on a Pelagos for the last year or two.
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Well Steve, I guess that makes you a member of the "Cracked Rolex Ceramic Bezel Insert" club now.
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Old 30 September 2015, 06:46 PM   #40
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I don't know why but it hurts seeing the crack. Sorry for this mishap buddy.
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:11 PM   #41
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Sorry to see, Steve but I admire your approach and outlook.
Hopefully a quick turnaround. I wouldn't want to be away from that beauty for too long.
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:13 PM   #42
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Well Steve, I guess that makes you a member of the "Cracked Rolex Ceramic Bezel Insert" club now.
Thanks Willem, very privileged to be a new member of the elusive club once you get past the initial initiation fee, it's all smooth sailing
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:19 PM   #43
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Sorry to see, Steve but I admire your approach and outlook.
Hopefully a quick turnaround. I wouldn't want to be away from that beauty for too long.
Thanks Travis can't be upset about the past, no amount of whining will move the clocks back

I guess I just really enjoyed the BLRO by taking it everywhere and to be direct, that is what the passion is all about

I am away again on business, the watch is in Singapore and being handled by some of my closest friends, home life is perfect, second baby on the way, can't complain about anything!!!
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:23 PM   #44
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I don't know why but it hurts seeing the crack. Sorry for this mishap buddy.
really appreciate that!! At first I was shocked, now I am just smiling (kinda funny). Either way, it over and we will all no the cost soon
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:23 PM   #45
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I'm very sorry to see this, Steve. I do , however, applaud your attitude and candor in this situation. Unfortunately, there are many who would be searching for any angle to get out of footing the bill for this repair. The fact that you stand up to it, make no excuses, and don't whine about it creates good karma for you and that will come around full-circle eventually.
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:23 PM   #46
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Steve,

Gives you a good reason to slip the Leopard on.......

We all have our dings and scrapes, it still is lighter damage than the watch that ended up in the washing machine. And it recovered as well.
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:30 PM   #47
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I'm very sorry to see this, Steve. I do , however, applaud your attitude and candor in this situation. Unfortunately, there are many who would be searching for any angle to get out of footing the bill for this repair. The fact that you stand up to it, make no excuses, and don't whine about it creates good karma for you and that will come around full-circle eventually.
Thanks Ken!! That is really kind of you!! I really believe in Karma and I am more than happy to pay the bill I just got. It was 1k. Not too bad at all for all things considered.

So I am very happy, my dealer is very happy and the BLRO will be back to normal before I know it

All round fantastic day. Sorted in 4 hours! Must be a record
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:35 PM   #48
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Gives you a good reason to slip the Leopard on.......

We all have our dings and scrapes, it still is lighter damage than the watch that ended up in the washing machine. And it recovered as well.
I love how you think Craig!!! Sadly my beloved SACO was traded as I am getting a new one I hope this year:)

I have the SDc strapped on for the next two weeks:) not so bad at all!!! Very happy with that watch too!!!

Yes the washing machine DD horror. That was a really sad story!!! No matter what, we all love our watches:) would not change a thing:)
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Worry for you..and quite impressed by your réaction
You seem to be a very cool person
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:39 PM   #50
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1k repair guys I will take that any day of the week!!!!! Just arm wrestling my dealer as he wants to pay half. Ain't going to happen

Thank you for all of the support!!! It's all over
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Old 30 September 2015, 07:42 PM   #51
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You seem to be a very cool person
very kind of you!!! I blame my children for my relaxed state as it really mellowed me and allowed me to focus on the important stuff, bottles and diapers
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Not sure how much a BLRO insert costs but I will probably know in a day or two. Was hopeful I wouldn't be the first one here I think I am going to stick to diamond bezels or non rotating bezel references now.


I have absolutely no idea how it happened? No scratch on the watch anywhere. But I must have hit it somewhere.
Yes its going to be quite expensive around $450 just for the insert plus labour Pray to the Rolex gods perhaps Rolex will do it free including insert, afraid this is one of the many downsides of ceramic inserts.
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Yes its going to be quite expensive around $450 for the insert plus labour if they do charge you.Pray to the Rolex gods perhaps Rolex will do it free including insert, afraid this is one of the many downsides of ceramic inserts.
Hi Peter!! It all worked out, total repair was 1k (I do not have the breakdown) but I am very happy with that the Rolex Gods took absolutely wonderful care of me:)
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Hi Peter!! It all worked out, total repair was 1k (I do not have the breakdown) but I am very happy with that the Rolex Gods took absolutely wonderful care of me:)
Was that with a bezel or just the insert if it was with the bezel too the Rolex gods did smile down on you, glad its fixed but myself never have been a fan of ceramic.
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Was that with a bezel or just the insert if it was with the bezel too the Rolex gods did smile down on you, glad its fixed but myself never have been a fan of ceramic.
It was just for the insert. I really did wear this watch everywhere, care free similar to Tom. I know my pieces look unworn but I even sleep with them on, not sure where I had the impact, perhaps on a seatbelt buckle on the plane?

I really like non ceramic versatility but I must admit I have had no negitive experiences with ceramic either.

Just happy that I was the first at something here (in relation to the BLRO bezel).
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It was just for the insert. I really did wear this watch everywhere, care free similar to Tom. I know my pieces look unworn but I even sleep with them on, not sure where I had the impact, perhaps on a seatbelt buckle on the plane?

I really like non ceramic versatility but I must admit I have had no negitive experiences with ceramic either.

Just happy that I was the first at something here (in relation to the BLRO bezel).
That was still expensive most ceramic inserts are around $450 wonder if it was more expensive for the pepsi version.Now brands like Kyocera who make ceramic knives don't seem to have a problem making duel coloured handles in there ceramic products.
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Not sure Peter? I suppose there is a potential markup based on the case material? (Could be the WG tax) a fair comparison maybe the replacement cost of the BLNR insert.

Unfortunately I do not know of anyone that had to replace one thank heavens:)
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No warranty, it was definitely Operator error I never approached it as I already embraced the responsibility
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Sorry to see that, Steve.

Materials certainly are funny. I had some training at one point where we were using crushed ceramic from spark plugs and using the shards to break vehicle Windows. (Military stuff!)

Point is sometimes it's something small at just the right resonance to break something.

Hope it gets fixed soon, bud!
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