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Old 18 October 2020, 05:16 AM   #1
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Bezel- turning on a 1680 (or 5513)

Is it normal for a 1680's bezel 2 be very easily turned (hardly no pressure with 2 vingers or just 1 fingernail on the side of the raffled edge)?
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Old 18 October 2020, 05:46 AM   #2
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No, you are supposed to press it down and then turn. There is a spring under the bezel, if it is missing you can just turn it.
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Old 18 October 2020, 06:13 AM   #3
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There (still) is a spring under the bezel..but it seems like it's not giving enough pressure/ resistance..
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Old 18 October 2020, 10:14 AM   #4
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You can give it a little pinch so itís not flat anymore. Just a small slight bend on opposite ends. When you put it back on, it should give you some more tension to push down and rotate properly.


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Old 18 October 2020, 11:16 AM   #5
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You can give it a little pinch so it’s not flat anymore. Just a small slight bend on opposite ends. When you put it back on, it should give you some more tension to push down and rotate properly.
I'm always uncomfortable doing bezel/insert stuff myself, especially the way prices have gone. Seen too many ruined/cracked by DIY efforts.

I'd advise having a vintage Rolex specialist look at it for you, unless you really know what you're doing. These aren't suitable for amateur tinkering.
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Old 18 October 2020, 11:18 AM   #6
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I'm always uncomfortable doing bezel stuff myself, especially the way prices have gone. Seen too many ruined/cracked by DIY efforts.

Itís not terribly hard. You just need to give the spring a little bend. A tiny arc to apply some tension.


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Old 18 October 2020, 02:03 PM   #7
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It’s not terribly hard. You just need to give the spring a little bend. A tiny arc to apply some tension.
As with anything, it's only easy if you know what you're doing. It's important to know how to remove the bezel/insert mounting without gouging or scratching anything, to even know what a tension ring is, and to know how to put it all back together without damaging anything. The OP doesn't seem to be familiar with how the bezel/tension ring set-up works, so a DIY job doesn't seem advisable.

For somebody who's never done it and is playing it by ear, there's a significant chance of effing up a 3,000-dollar insert. All for the sake of 50 bucks to have a pro look at it. The OP is in Amsterdam - take it to Amsterdam Vintage Watches and have them take a look. I'm sure they have a tech, or at least access to one.

We all underestimate the value of our specialist knowledge.
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Old 18 October 2020, 11:51 PM   #8
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Bezel- turning on a 1680 (or 5513)

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As with anything, it's only easy if you know what you're doing. It's important to know how to remove the bezel/insert mounting without gouging or scratching anything, to even know what a tension ring is, and to know how to put it all back together without damaging anything. The OP doesn't seem to be familiar with how the bezel/tension ring set-up works, so a DIY job doesn't seem advisable.

For somebody who's never done it and is playing it by ear, there's a significant chance of effing up a 3,000-dollar insert. All for the sake of 50 bucks to have a pro look at it. The OP is in Amsterdam - take it to Amsterdam Vintage Watches and have them take a look. I'm sure they have a tech, or at least access to one.

We all underestimate the value of our specialist knowledge.

...and make sure whatever ďproĒ you take it to doesnít just slide a case knife under the bezel to pop it off. They will scratch the lugs. Guaranteed. I canít tell you how many times Iíve seen this. Use a plastic card or a piece of plastic film around the knife. Good luck.


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