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Vintage Non-Diver Omega Watch Bezel Removing Suggestions

  1. kaplan Nov 6, 2023

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    Hi everyone,

    My old method was to prepare shivs from plastic materials like credit cards and use them to yank from inside under the bezel and remove the bezels (I say method but I only did it 2 times, lucked out maybe). This specific bezel was challenging and fused- I ended up removing it with 2 opposing caseback openers, one slimmed down to hopefully prevent inner damage and luckily it worked well

    But I think using caseback openers is super risky, I want to be able to safely remove bezels

    Is there a tool that will get inside the case and extend 4 yankers from inside? That could be a good way to approach this

    With these cases the outer sides are flush, so approaching from the outer sides is I think a harder approach and will most likely scratch the case

    Is there a correct way to do this?

    Regards,
    Kaan

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  2. gbesq Nov 6, 2023

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    Perhaps there are some helpful videos on YouTube that address how to do this safely? I know that Bergeron used to make a table mounted tool for bezel removal that looks kind of like a combination of a vice and a lathe. My watchmaker has one, but I imagine that it's quite expensive.
     
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  3. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Nov 7, 2023

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    The tool typically used for this is a fixed bezel remover. They come in a few different forms, but this one is mine:

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    Here's a cheap version:

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  4. gbesq Nov 7, 2023

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    That’s exactly what I was referring to in my post. Thanks, Al.
     
  5. Dan S Nov 7, 2023

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    I have the cheap Chinese version that I've used successfully with no problems. Probably not professional grade, but good enough for occasional use, in my experience.
     
  6. kaplan Nov 11, 2023

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    Thanks for the suggestions, very curious about the Chinese version, if there was a tool that did this from inside it would be idea but I guess the use would be very limited

    I've used opposing caseback openers on a couple of other discarded cases, didn't tarnish the cases or bezels, I'd suggest it as well - if the bezel is thin though, like on some GC cases, this Chinese tool could be better
     
  7. Seabass23 Dec 14, 2023

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    Are these suitable for removing rotating bezels as well? I assume you are going to tell me it depends on the watch!
     
  8. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Dec 14, 2023

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    They are not really meant for those. There are specific tools for removing rotating bezels.
     
  9. Seabass23 Dec 15, 2023

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    Gotcha. As a hobbyist, it's nice to find tools with multiple uses to save cost and space. Not this time!