Vintage Zodiacs

Zodiac Talk => Ask BWG! => Topic started by: mshan64 on June 13, 2019, 12:59:54 PM

Title: Seawolf Bezel Issue
Post by: mshan64 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...
Title: Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
Post by: Ultra-Vintage 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).
Title: Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
Post by: Butch 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!
Title: Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
Post by: Ultra-Vintage 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
Title: Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
Post by: mshan64 on June 18, 2019, 06:00:12 PM
Hey guys, thanks a lot for replying to my message.  I will contact UV.