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Offline mshan64

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Seawolf Bezel Issue
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:59:54 PM »
I have recently acquired a Seawolf Datographic. I'm guessing it is from the mid to late 60's. The metal bezel was very hard to turn and I could feel grit underneath it while it moved.  I popped off the bezel and gave it a thorough cleaning.  Now it seems too loose.  Furthermore, if I work my finger nails around the outside, I can actually pop it off by hand.  Nothing looks worn or damaged.  In fact, from what I've seen out there, this watch looks to be in exceptional condition.

Now I am afraid to wear it because I dread loosing the bezel.  Is there any way of tightening it? I considered using a retainer spring even though it didn't have one.  Has anyone ever tried that?  Please help if you can...

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Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 11:54:54 AM »
Yes, a watchmaker can tighten it for you.  The base metal bezels get misshapen from years of use and being hit, and I usually end up having to tighten 3/4 of the ones that come in for service.

Adding a spring is not a viable option for the friction fit styles.  Being that they are friction fit only they do not have the necessary space or curvature to allow a spring (on the case or inside the bezel).

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Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2019, 12:53:46 PM »
UV, didn't you tell me you made a special jig to enable refitting them so that they were tight again? I know you have done a lot of them for me over the years. And thanks for that!
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Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 01:10:55 PM »
UV, didn't you tell me you made a special jig to enable refitting them so that they were tight again? I know you have done a lot of them for me over the years. And thanks for that!

Yes sir, it is an important part of being able to restore them properly. 

Happy to do it  :sm3

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Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 06:00:12 PM »
Hey guys, thanks a lot for replying to my message.  I will contact UV.

 

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