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Bleaching a new speedmaster bezel

  1. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    thinking about bleaching a modern speedy to get that faded / ghost / grey bezel. What do you think am i crazy? I love the look of a off color bezel sort of like a vintage black on black watch or something like the hodinkee oris that just came out. I just bleached my skx009 and really love how it turned out. Worst case scenario i can just source a new bezel??

    Heres a pic of my skx just cuz pictures rock
     
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  2. Dan S

    Dan S Sep 13, 2019

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    I have a nicely faded Speedmaster Pro service bezel if you're interested. I'll send you a photo by pm.
     
  3. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Sep 13, 2019

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    Its a simple process.

    Like all good simple processes its easy to mess right up.

    A lot of dealers like to bleach telemeter bezels and stick them on basket case 2998's and go :whistling: "Honestly I found it like that" Wankers.

    Some times the bleach really dries them out, but the two times I tried it I used 100% bleach and checked it every 3 minutes until it started to go, then every 30 seconds.

    Checking means lifting the bezel out of the bleach and dropping into a lot of clean water and rinsing it, and then drying it and looking.

    Wearing gloves AND eye protection.

    Show us how you get on!
     
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  4. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    PM away ! I'm more interested in just changing the color rather than a "vintage bezel".
     
  5. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    Well as you can see the process worked well on my skx. Only problem is the blue fades way faster than red. I love how the color softened up. Stock bezel is very metallic / dark. Its almost like Navy // Red . Now its more a color I like … it actually looks a lot like the tudor GMT bezel color right now.

    But This is a good idea right ? a 180 dollar watch is one thing my 4000 prized watch … At least its just a bezel ??? :D :D . I need some confirmation here…
     
  6. SG90

    SG90 Sep 13, 2019

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    You do whatever you want, it’s your watch ::bleh::
    I personally wouldn’t do it, but I think your Seiko turned out great!
     
  7. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    My big fear is that it will damage the bezel beyond fading. Also i dont want to damage the watch removing / installing the bezel
     
  8. Uniqez

    Uniqez Sep 13, 2019

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    Don't do it then ;)
     
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  9. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    Well.. will it damage?
     
  10. Uniqez

    Uniqez Sep 13, 2019

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    It might. Buy a bezel insert on the eBay and experiment with it. Original would be as a backup.
     
  11. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    Its more fun if theres an element of danger!!
     
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  12. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Sep 13, 2019

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    Was an 180 dollar watch.... not anymore.
     
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  13. Uniqez

    Uniqez Sep 13, 2019

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    Riding on the edge mate:D
     
  14. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    I mean i got it brand new for peanuts. Im not worried about the value! Obviously different story for speedmaster... its worth more than what i paid for it already
     
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  15. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Sep 13, 2019

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    They just went out of production and what is left new is spiking.
     
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  16. jaguar11

    jaguar11 Sep 13, 2019

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    30 years in the Royal Navy did the job nicely on my bezel....
     
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  17. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Sep 13, 2019

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    Buying cheap eBay insert might not give you a good result indication due to different manufacture.

    When I did it the results were controllable and I stopped when I reached the desired result.

    A speedmaster bezel did not used to be a valuable thing. The. I just sold one on EBay for £181 which was more than I expected.
     
  18. RazorFrazer

    RazorFrazer Sep 13, 2019

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    Got any pics of your results?
     
  19. saulgoodman

    saulgoodman Sep 13, 2019

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    Crazy? Who knows, it is your watch, but you are definitely not patient. Let time and wear do what they do to your Speedmaster. If you must go this route I would absolutely purchase a properly faded bezel and keep the original one. You are likely to want it down the road.
     
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  20. LeonDeBayonne

    LeonDeBayonne Sep 14, 2019

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    @RazorFrazer Could you please tell me how did you do that?