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  1. mcgyver Nov 3, 2020

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    I'm experimenting making a replacement insert for a friends/friend who has a CK2923 with a bare bezel.
    My problem is - the bezel is so worn down I'm having trouble measuring the correct dimensions.
    From what is left of the "groove" in the bezel I measure Od: 37.5mm and Id: 34.5mm and the "lip/depth" is 0.15mm.
    Can some one verify these numbers if I'm on track or not! :)

    First test using 0.2mm brass to check fonts and see how deep I have to engrave to get the lume to stick.

    Omega14755_1.jpg Omega14755_2.jpg

    Version two is on the way using black anodized aluminium. Oxidizing the brass black did work - but results not to my liking => trying aluminium instead.
     
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  2. sohail Nov 9, 2020

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    Hi what’s the update , keep us posted
     
  3. mcgyver Nov 11, 2020

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    Still trying to find the best method!
    Brass works great engraving and cutting, BUT I'm having some problems getting it etched black - it does not stick as well as I would like.
    Anodized aluminium works good - but hard to find thinner than 0.5mm. Experimenting etching it down in thickness.
    Latest try is making a mold and casting in epoxi resin etc ......
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  4. WatchCor Nov 11, 2020

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    Nice progress, and if you manage to refine the result, you'll have some customers besides your friends :thumbsup:
     
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  5. gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed et alia Nov 11, 2020

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    FYI, the bezel diameter for the 2913 and 14755 are not identical.
     
  6. mcgyver Nov 11, 2020

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    Do you know the dimensions? (The one I have is quite beat up)
     
  7. gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed et alia Nov 11, 2020

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  8. sohail Nov 11, 2020

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    Did omega used Bakelite in the original bezel?
     
  9. mcgyver Nov 12, 2020

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  10. Vintagewtchzilla Nov 12, 2020

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    neither omega or rolex did .... bakelite is just a urban legend
     
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  11. mcgyver Nov 19, 2020

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    Ongoing experiments.....feels promising...

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    0.13mm thick aluminium, engraved and filled with paint/lume
     
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  12. mcgyver Dec 2, 2020

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    [​IMG]
    Testing pad printing......might be the way to go!
     
  13. Bayrat Dec 31, 2020

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    Mcgyver, Any updates on the progress? Looks good!!
     
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  14. aleksejeremeev Jan 1, 2021

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    Interesting work that will bring you new customers
     
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  15. Bayrat Jan 1, 2021

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    I agree. I am in the market for a bezel restoration for a 1962 Seamaster 300, Cal 550 165.014-62.
    If the bezel insert can be shipped to you directly, that right there is a bonus! It would also be great if the Bezel insert can be pressed in and can be able to be taken out without damaging the bezel. Which I think could be done?
    So, if the watch was sold (or not) it can go back to the original condition. It can also be left in bezel with a statement Example – “Bezel insert by Mcgyver”. Like they do for artist like Aldo, Lukas and Rene bezel recreation/restoration is stated when these watches are sold or traded.
    Like stated, there are three amazing master craftsmen, that I have heard of here on the OM Forums and others, that do this bezel recreation/restoration. All three need you to send them the watch/bezel. The turnaround time of this service ranges from two weeks to six months.
    This could be a great option that could work for some who own the Seamaster 300 and need Bezel work.
    This opinion is coming from a noobie here, what do I know?
     
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  16. mcgyver Jan 1, 2021

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    Just got a better bezel in the mail from a member! :)
    I adjusted the inner diameter to 34.2mm and it's now a good fit in the new bezel with an intact groove.
    Did some minor adjustments to the fonts - have two 0.14mm aluminum inserts on the bench waiting for the paint/lume to dry.
    The idea with the aluminum version is it can be used glued "as is" - or over fill with epoxy/acrylic to get a "baked" version - by the owner so no need to ship the bezel and risk it getting lost in the mail.
    Will post a picture when the paint has dried so I can do a test fitting!
     
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  17. n-theory Jan 1, 2021

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    This future customer can't wait ;)
     
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  18. mcgyver Jan 2, 2021

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    IMG_7691.JPG

    0.14mm black aluminium, etched numbers/lines, filled with paint and lume, edge black oxidized.....

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    Glued in place - next step "baking" in marine grade epoxy. Curing right now so will take a day or two before I can do the final finishing.

    Edit: [Looking at the pictures - the bezel is now taking a bath to remove the epoxy - the numbers need more tweeking!]
     
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  19. watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Jan 2, 2021

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    Holy moly!!!

    I need one of these...insane work.
     
  20. Davidt Jan 3, 2021

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    This is a great thread. Loving the documentation of the development process here.

    I don’t even need one of these bezels but following with great interest.
     
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