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Old 12-04-2018, 07:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bent a stainless steel rotating bezel prying it off the case.

When I put the bezel on a flat surface, the 5 and 35 rest on the surface while the 20 and 50 are slightly lifted off.

My plan is to place a rod of some kind, possibly a wooden dowel, below the bezel across the 5 and 35, then gradually apply pressure on the 20 and 50, checking as I apply more pressure until the bezel sits flush all around on a flat surface.

Any advice and suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Well, That is a challenge. Obtaining a factory flat rotating ring from a bent one will be a Crap shoot, Maybe you get it, I hope so. What ring is it ? If I have one you can have it free .
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Well, That is a challenge. Obtaining a factory flat rotating ring from a bent one will be a Crap shoot, Maybe you get it, I hope so. What ring is it ? If I have one you can have it free .
Thanks, that is very kind but it's not a Seiko... Tag Heuer 1000m diver.
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Thanks, that is very kind but it's not a Seiko... Tag Heuer 1000m diver.
Wish the best outcome
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It's bent and you have nothing to lose so with care yes.
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Perhaps use your crystal press so that you get equal downward pressure with packing pieces under the bezel in the areas you think fit ?
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Perhaps use your crystal press so that you get equal downward pressure with packing pieces under the bezel in the areas you think fit ?
Good idea John, I was thinking Hardwood blocks in a vice with shims.....
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Heat and a press (larger than a crystal press )
and a plan B ( a new ring ex TAG ?)
Fingers crossed best of luck
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Good idea John, I was thinking Hardwood blocks in a vice with shims.....
That's what I was thinking. It will give more control and minimise the chance of overdoing things.
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Thanks all for the sagely and very useful advice.
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Any updates on how this turned out? I find myself in the exact same predicament. Current thought is offset shims in a bench vise, or else some setup with a case press (but I think I'll need more pressure than that'll give me). Frustratingly, it's off by only a fraction of a millimeter, such that I can re-install the bezel and it'll turn, but it requires a damn firm grip to turn the bezel when the "low" points approach (and are directly over) the clicks in the click spring. Hoping to get it flat enough to make it easier to turn with one hand and a normal grip the full way round... :\
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Any updates on how this turned out? I find myself in the exact same predicament. Current thought is offset shims in a bench vise, or else some setup with a case press (but I think I'll need more pressure than that'll give me). Frustratingly, it's off by only a fraction of a millimeter, such that I can re-install the bezel and it'll turn, but it requires a damn firm grip to turn the bezel when the "low" points approach (and are directly over) the clicks in the click spring. Hoping to get it flat enough to make it easier to turn with one hand and a normal grip the full way round... :\
If you can't flatten it with a squeeze in a vice you can always wet and dry the high spots maybe?
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