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Old 03-02-2010, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All.

Recently I received in the mail a 007 Bezel that I ordered for my SKX171, with thanks to Gabe for pointing me in the right direction. Now that I have the bezel and have changed it over, Gabe had suggested some photos of this being done. I have included notes to go with these photos, so bear with me.

Bezel change for Seiko SKX171, takes about 5-10 minutes.

1. Existing SKX171 with SKX007 Bezel
2. Seiko part number 8601 469A from Chronograph.com Singapore
3. Closeup shot of SKX007 bezel
4. Suitable screw driver, small but not too small, on Swiss Army Soldier pocket knife
5. Insert blade between case and bezel and twist slowly, be patient!

See part two and three for the rest, as only 5 pictures can be uploaded at a time

Enjoy, this is an easy project.

Ben

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Part 2

6. Shot of case and crystal showing bezel spring ring and locating pin.
7. Similar showing locating pin and one-way upward facing spring bar--this is what provides the uni-directional turn direction to the bezel.
8. Shot of case and crystal with bezel spring ring taken off, showing the hole for the locating pin on the bezel spring ring to engage in.
9. Shot showing position of these holes.
10. Shot of bezel spring ring and locating pin, faces down on to case to engage.
A little more of your time!! for part 3 and the finished product.

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Part 3

11. Shot of one-way spring bar.
12. Don’t forget to remove the rubber or silicone gasket from the old bezel and put it into the new one--a pin or needle will get it out--it is slightly over-sized which is what holds it in.
13. How it looks without the gasket.
14. The finished product with the old bezel.
15. Where the photos were taken showing the tripod over the top and the glass door in front, with diffused light.

Photos were taken with a Nikon D200, with a Nikon 28-105 zoom on macro focus. The tripod used was a Manfrotto/Bogen 190B tripod and a Manfrotto/Bogen 486RC2 head. The pictures were shot behind a glass door with diffused glass, reducing the shadows somewhat.

Shot 14 was with the D200 built-in flash.

Since I do not have a press, in order to press the new bezel on I took a cloth and folded it over a couple of times for thickness and then placed it against a timber door frame and give the watch a push on the back of the case, where it should engage and click in.

Your patience is appreciated, I hope that it was worth the wait.

Cheers

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Thanks for the helpful write-up and clear photos. This is just the information I was looking for!
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Excellent write up and good pictures. Thanks for taking the time.
In my opinion the watch looks far better with its new bezel.
My question is though - how did you know it was going to fit ?
Sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm new to all this)
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Excellent write up and good pictures. Thanks for taking the time.
In my opinion the watch looks far better with its new bezel.
My question is though - how did you know it was going to fit ?
Sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm new to all this)
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You can gain a huge amount of knowledge here by using the forum archives - and the forum search function. I'd be surprised if a quick google of "SKX bezel swap" didn't also glean results. And welcome to the forum by the way, nice Mini.
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Would this also be the way to change the bezel on a stargate? I want to swap a PVD on to my white dial that has the brushed SS
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Hi bottom of the ninth, if you read frm the the post properly. It's basically the same process for stargate except stargate's bezel has no insert to remove. just remember to mask your jack knife and your case where the jack knife is resting on. Do w care...
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Hi,
Anyone can give me a rough idea how to remove bezel off the Seiko map meter skz319? Surrounding the rubber shroud, cant really find the access slot to pry. Please advise.
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Great info here newb here looking to start on my own watches tutorials a great help!
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The actual Seiko prescribed tool for the removal of these type of diver bezels that are help in place by the rubber ring is the Seiko case back remover for Seiko models with a snap on case back. The blade is is wide and made of hardened steel so it will not chip and it has just the right amount of bevel to it so it fits in tight spaces but it is not so thin at the end that a bad slip would remove fingers and the handle design works fantastic for applying torque which it exactly what is needed to remove even bezels that the o ring is as hard as a rock. It also works great for removing the decorative bezels found on the older models that have the acrylic crystals held in place with the tension rings. The all have a notch unusually at the 12 position that the case back opener fits in perfectly. It is one of the best investments you can make in tools right next to the crystal press.

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Thanks for the tip!
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Where could one find this tool? I have a case press, but it does not have the right cups for larger watches. Maybe I can find them where ever i find the case tool.
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See if this is the correct tool mentioned above.

http://www.esslinger.com/seiko-s-284...snap-on-backs/
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Hi All.

Recently I received in the mail a 007 Bezel that I ordered for my SKX171, with thanks to Gabe for pointing me in the right direction. Now that I have the bezel and have changed it over, Gabe had suggested some photos of this being done. I have included notes to go with these photos, so bear with me.

Bezel change for Seiko SKX171, takes about 5-10 minutes.

1. Existing SKX171 with SKX007 Bezel
2. Seiko part number 8601 469A from Chronograph.com Singapore
3. Closeup shot of SKX007 bezel
4. Suitable screw driver, small but not too small, on Swiss Army Soldier pocket knife
5. Insert blade between case and bezel and twist slowly, be patient!

See part two and three for the rest, as only 5 pictures can be uploaded at a time

Enjoy, this is an easy project.

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Hi Ben,
A few things to add from my experience. First there is usually a taper at the 12:00 position of the bezel where the dull blade should be inserted to begin with. Second I'd shy away from using a knife because of possible scratches. In a cheap watch repair kit it should have dull blade like thing, and I'm guessing it's a softer metal? Third I would say never to pry or twist, but roll the dull blade into the crack. Continue to do this around the bezel and it will pop off. I have bent a bezel slightly before by prying. That is all. Thumbs up!
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thanks, that was interesting
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Interesting
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soooo i ended up some how jamming my bezel. i think the metal ring some how bent when i was pressing the bezel back in. any suggestions on how to get it off? it's on pretty tight and the bezel tool cant even squeeze in.
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Not to go off topic but would anyone have any insight if the SSC line would follow the exact same procedure?
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This is really useful as just about to try this on a couple of Seikos for the first time as a lead up to the wrecking of a perfectly good SNZH in th epursuit of a fifty five fathoms homage.
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I found this one helpful also.

http://murphymanufacturing.com/seiko_tutorial.html
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Thanks for the great tutorial. One additional tidbit of information that could be useful. Cover the watch case with duct tape, electrical or masking tape on the areas where the removal tool may make contact. This will minimize the possibility of scratches or marring of the case during the removal process.
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helpful. thanks for sharing!
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