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Old 20 October 2021, 06:15 AM   #1
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Bezel Removal During Service

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When Rolex services watches with fixed bezels like the OP or Explorer 1 - is it normal procedure to remove the bezel ?
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Old 22 October 2021, 07:41 PM   #2
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For a full service the watch will be completely dismantled, including the bezel. Why do you ask?
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Old 22 October 2021, 09:12 PM   #3
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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 ?
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Old 23 October 2021, 02:31 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 23 October 2021, 09:49 AM   #5
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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 ?
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Old 23 October 2021, 05:20 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 23 October 2021, 07:18 PM   #7
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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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