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  • 5711
    started a topic WSO Bezel problem

    WSO Bezel problem

    Hi everyone,

    I bought a WSO bezel for my gen GMT 1675.

    For some reason, it seems like the fit is so tight that the bezel simply cannot rotate.

    Everything else is gen on my 1675.

    My watchmaker tried to sandpaper the inner circle of the bezel but it is still too tight and cannot rotate freely.

    Could it be because I am using a gen flat bezel spring and it cannot accomodate the WSO Bezel? Should I get a WSO flat bezel spring in this case?

    Thanks.

  • 5711
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    Originally posted by DeLoMan View Post

    This is freaking BRILLIANT!!! I wasted hours tonight trying to get my 1675 bezel assembly to work. I sanded the washer edges, thinned it, etc to no avail. I saw this post and figured “why not?” I cut the friction washer in half. Still too tight. I cut it in half again. MAGIC! The bezel spins, but not too loose only using 1/4 of the washer.

    Thanks for this tip, YoDog! I wish I had read it sooner.


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    Do you literally mean cutting the metal circle into a semi circle? It does not fall out?

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  • DeLoMan
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    Originally posted by yodog View Post
    You dont even need to sand the friction washer, just cut it in half so its a half circle, and if its s tight cut it again into 4ths
    This is freaking BRILLIANT!!! I wasted hours tonight trying to get my 1675 bezel assembly to work. I sanded the washer edges, thinned it, etc to no avail. I saw this post and figured “why not?” I cut the friction washer in half. Still too tight. I cut it in half again. MAGIC! The bezel spins, but not too loose only using 1/4 of the washer.

    Thanks for this tip, YoDog! I wish I had read it sooner.


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  • 5711
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    Originally posted by capice01 View Post

    probably it is.....did you get a WSO tension ring? If so, I would try that one...
    I will get one and try, thank you.

    Originally posted by KJ2020 View Post
    Those tension rings are just REALLY thin washers, like maybe a tenth of a millemeter. There is no significant difference between the gen and the WSO tension ring. If your bezel is turning smoothly and is not loose or rocking, I would leave it as is. Eventually you might put enough wear on the underside of the bezel to be able to use one without the bezel locking up. They are just there to tighten the bezel up and keep it from rocking, in addition to creating a wear point other than the bezel or the case.

    The other thing you could do is sand the bottom of the WSO bezel that tenth of a millimeter, or until you CAN use the tension ring and have your current smoothness of rotation.
    If the WSO tension ring doesn't work, will try this option and sand the bottom of the WSO bezel further. Thanks.

    Originally posted by yodog View Post
    You dont even need to sand the friction washer, just cut it in half so its a half circle, and if its s tight cut it again into 4ths
    What do you mean by cut it in half? Won't it be unbalanced?

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  • yodog
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    You dont even need to sand the friction washer, just cut it in half so its a half circle, and if its s tight cut it again into 4ths

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  • KJ2020
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    Those tension rings are just REALLY thin washers, like maybe a tenth of a millemeter. There is no significant difference between the gen and the WSO tension ring. If your bezel is turning smoothly and is not loose or rocking, I would leave it as is. Eventually you might put enough wear on the underside of the bezel to be able to use one without the bezel locking up. They are just there to tighten the bezel up and keep it from rocking, in addition to creating a wear point other than the bezel or the case.

    The other thing you could do is sand the bottom of the WSO bezel that tenth of a millimeter, or until you CAN use the tension ring and have your current smoothness of rotation.

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  • capice
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    Originally posted by 5711 View Post

    I put the WSO bezel on without the tension ring, and it is able to rotate freely - super smooth! In light of this, could it be because my gen tension ring is incompatible with the WSO bezel, hence it gets stuck?

    Thanks for the help!
    probably it is.....did you get a WSO tension ring? If so, I would try that one...

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  • 5711
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    Originally posted by KJ2020 View Post

    Yes, keep sanding til it rotates freely. First it will get unstuck, then it will rotate with effort then it will drag a lot, then it will drag a little, then it will barely scrape occasionally, and ultimately VOILA it will be smooth as the day it was made by Rolex. Test fit it without the tension ring, no need to fool with that at all til the inner diameter issue is corrected.

    Long time he spent? Lol, not long enough! Do it til it's right. The only other potential factor is whether the bezel is bent. Even then it would rotate freely for most of the circle, then drag or stick where the bend is. I had to unbend my gen bezel once when it got a slight upward curve in a 20 degree arc from prying it up. Tricky business getting them perfectly flat again. I put the curved arc over the edge of a thick block of wood and tapped it with varying force with a rubber mallet to restore the shape.
    I put the WSO bezel on without the tension ring, and it is able to rotate freely - super smooth! In light of this, could it be because my gen tension ring is incompatible with the WSO bezel, hence it gets stuck?

    Thanks for the help!

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  • bobandshawn
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    Make the bezel adjustments OFF of the watch - not installed. Feel where it is freezing and concentrate on that area. Once it rotates properly THEN install everything back together...

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  • KJ2020
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    Originally posted by 5711 View Post

    Thank for your reply!

    I brought it to my expert watchmaker and he also sanded the inner diameter for a long time, but the bezel is still stuck and unable to rotate. Perhaps more needs to be sanded?
    Yes, keep sanding til it rotates freely. First it will get unstuck, then it will rotate with effort then it will drag a lot, then it will drag a little, then it will barely scrape occasionally, and ultimately VOILA it will be smooth as the day it was made by Rolex. Test fit it without the tension ring, no need to fool with that at all til the inner diameter issue is corrected.

    Long time he spent? Lol, not long enough! Do it til it's right. The only other potential factor is whether the bezel is bent. Even then it would rotate freely for most of the circle, then drag or stick where the bend is. I had to unbend my gen bezel once when it got a slight upward curve in a 20 degree arc from prying it up. Tricky business getting them perfectly flat again. I put the curved arc over the edge of a thick block of wood and tapped it with varying force with a rubber mallet to restore the shape.

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  • 5711
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    Originally posted by KJ2020 View Post

    I had the same problem with 16710 WSO bezels, their machine tolerances are not great. I just kept taking more off til it fit. I used 600 grit paper and hand sanded the first one. I carefully held it on edge on a desk and kept turning it every 5 or so strokes. I probably spent 3 hours working on it but I didn't want to take too much off or let it get out of round. The next two I used a dremel on because I knew about how much to take off. It was like a 10 minute job. If you bought the bezel for 1675, you should be able to make it fit. Keep sanding and test fitting every so often and take more off til it does.

    I don't think the tension ring is a factor, it's the bottom inner diameter is too small.
    Thank for your reply!

    I brought it to my expert watchmaker and he also sanded the inner diameter for a long time, but the bezel is still stuck and unable to rotate. Perhaps more needs to be sanded?

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  • KJ2020
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    Originally posted by 5711 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I bought a WSO bezel for my gen GMT 1675.

    For some reason, it seems like the fit is so tight that the bezel simply cannot rotate.

    Everything else is gen on my 1675.

    My watchmaker tried to sandpaper the inner circle of the bezel but it is still too tight and cannot rotate freely.

    Could it be because I am using a gen flat bezel spring and it cannot accomodate the WSO Bezel? Should I get a WSO flat bezel spring in this case?

    Thanks.
    I had the same problem with 16710 WSO bezels, their machine tolerances are not great. I just kept taking more off til it fit. I used 600 grit paper and hand sanded the first one. I carefully held it on edge on a desk and kept turning it every 5 or so strokes. I probably spent 3 hours working on it but I didn't want to take too much off or let it get out of round. The next two I used a dremel on because I knew about how much to take off. It was like a 10 minute job. If you bought the bezel for 1675, you should be able to make it fit. Keep sanding and test fitting every so often and take more off til it does.

    I don't think the tension ring is a factor, it's the bottom inner diameter is too small.

    Leave a comment:

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