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Removing bezel is easy. How do I install the bezel back?

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  • chris vlachos Oct 01, 2011

    Did anyone figure out how to install the bezel back on the watch?

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The bezel ring is stuck


These bezels sometimes get clogged with dust and dirt, it will need to be removed and cleaned, there is a small spring underneath so care must be taken so it is not lost while removing the bezel

Sep 28, 2013 | Swiss Army Wenger Watches

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How do I set the time on an old Regina pocket watch. I can wind it and it runs well. The piece to wind the watch does not pull in or out to set the hands.


If you can wind your pocket watch using the crown, but you cannot see any way of setting the watch, you probably have a "lever-set" movement, though it's possible you might also have a "pin-set" movement. Do you see a little button you can push in, either at 1-2:00 or 10-11:00 on the watch case? If you, you have a pin set watch. Push and hold that little button in while you twist the winding crown, and that will let you set the time. End of problem.

Setting the time on a lever-set watch is a bit more complicated and will require taking off the front bezel of your pocket watch--the metal ring that holds the watch crystal in place. Pocket watch cases of this time are usually made in 3 pieces: the bezel, the main case body, and the back. The procedure used to remove your bezel depends on the type of watch case you have.

Take a close look at the front of your pocket watch. Do you see any hinges at the bottom (that is, below 6:00 and where the bezel meets the main case body)? I suspect that you won't, as double-hinged cases are usually associated with an older style of pocket watch, but it's worth checking. If you do see little hinges for the FRONT (it's more likely that the back will be hinged), then look for a little lip on the bezel that's used to pry open the front. Pull on that to open the case.

If you don't see hinges, which is what I expect, your front bezel unscrews. You can try to do this with your bare hands, but it's a lot easier if you have a bit of "gripping" rubber so your hands don't slip so badly. I have a small rectangle of shelf non-slip stuff that works perfectly for this. Turn the bezel counterclockwise. It may resist a little bit at first due to accumulated dirt, but then it should easily screw off.

Once you have the bezel away from the face, look closely at about 2:00 on the watch dial. Just at the edge of the dial, you should see a little lever or button. GENTLY pull this away from the watch face until it stops. Now, when you turn the winding crown, you should be able to set the time. Once the time is set, gently push the lever back to its prior position. Now, you should be able to wind the watch without changing the time.

Be very careful when screwing the bezel back onto the watch body. These parts typically have very fine threads, and it's easy to cross-thread the pieces. Don't force the two pieces together; once the threads catch properly, the front bezel will screw on easily without resistance.

An older style of pocket watch required the use of a little key to set the time from the back of the pocket watch movement. However, these watches were also wound by the same key, so the fact that you're able to wind this watch with a crown suggests to me that your watch doesn't use this system.

May 27, 2011 | Watches

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The crystal of my wife's skagen watch popped out and the nylon ring surrounding the crystal seems too big to get back in, or perhaps I just don't have the right tools. Help!


Watch crystals are pressure fitted to their cases so that they are resistant to popping out. Think of a champagne cork, and how it expands when it comes out of its bottle.
Crystals are set into cases in one of several basic methods. First, a crystal may be installed from the back--watch cases are commonly assembled before the movement is installed. So, one potential way of reinstalling your crystal is to remove the watch movement from the case (if it isn't already) and try pushing the crystal from the back forwards. If this is indeed the way it was installed, the crystal should pop into position with a noticeable click or light thump to let you know that the other edge of the crystal has found the shallow groove in which it's supposed to sit.
Second, some crystals can be installed from the front using a tool called a "crystal lift." This tool has many little fingers that compress the edge of the watch crystal so that it can be slid into the case. Pressure is then gradually removed from the crystal, permitting it to expand into the shallow groove into which it's supposed to sit. Crystal lifts are easy to use in theory but somewhat finicky in real life; the crystal must be grabbed equally by all the lift prongs or else the crystal will have a tendency to squirt out of the tool before it's been completely set.
Looking at pictures of your wife's watch, it doesn't look to me like a crystal lift would do any good. I think instead that your crystal might have been installed using a third method. Looking at the pictures, it looks like the bezel--the metal top of the watch--separates from the watch body. If this is the case, gently pop off the bezel and push the crystal into it from behind. Then, push the bezel back onto the watch movement. It's possible that the crystal is kept in place by being squeezed between the bezel and the rest of the watch case.
If all of this sounds daunting, putting the crystal back in--assuming it's not cracked--is a minor job for a watch repair technician. It literally might only take 5-10 minutes to complete the job. If you're concerned about the appearance of the watch, it might be safest to pay someone the small amount of money to get this done right. Replacing a watch crystal with a new one usually runs about $15-25, around where I live. Replacing an undamaged crystal that's popped out should cost appreciably less, since a new crystal costs a jeweler between $5-25 for most standard sizes (diver's watches and strange specialty shapes will cost more).

May 16, 2011 | Skagen 358SSSD Wristwatch

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How to change battery on a ladies classic 18 k and steel watch with solid back


Welcome to Fixya,

Hi hope this steps will helped you in changing the battery but I just want you to remind that you have to be careful in changing the battery because it might affect the other part.


1- remove the crown by pulling away from the watch, use your thumb and index fingernail and pull , it will come out

2- remove all 5 gold bezel screws

3 - be careful,, the bezel/crystal will pry off easy

4 - be careful and remove the entire face/hands/watch guts all in one easy step,, or just turn the watch over and it will fall out

5 - small screwdriver and remove/replace battery

6 - reinstall watch guts/bezel and gold screws

7 - push crown back into watch

Thank you for using Fixya.

Feb 22, 2011 | Ebel Classic Wave 9090F249725 Wrist Watch

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Hi, I have a casio ef532d 1avef watch and I would like to remove the bezel in order to restick the 10 (or 22) mark on the dial, as it is wandering under the glass. Does the bezel go out or should I open...


Thank you for contacting FixYa.
You can not do this yourself. You can not remove bezel as it is sealed. To go through the back requires removing all the watch inside components and you will have to remove the winder. NOT RECOMMENDED TO DO YOURSELF.
Take to a local watchmaker, or send here:
http://www.casio.com/support/authorizedservice/

Best regards. Jewel

Sep 15, 2010 | Watches

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How do you get the bezel off of a tag heuer 4000 automatic, I have 2. The bezel on one is stuck from wearing on very dusty construction jobs, the bezel on the other turns but without clicking. Is there...


Yes, there are special spring under the bezel, not the bearings. Bezels are stuck/not clicking because they are broke/worn out or very dirty. I would not advise to take off bezels, unless you have replacement springs and proper tools to fit the bezels back on watch. You can find bezel springs on Ebay, or visit your closest watch repair shop and ask them to order springs for you. Rate me, plz.

Mar 27, 2010 | Tag Heuer Watches

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Navitimer 2 rotating bezel has gone very stiff to turn how can i free it up?


This depends on what exactly is causing the problem. If the bezel is bent from a sharp blow it would have to be replaced. It could be there is dirt under the bezel. To clean this there are two possibilities. If your bezel has screws around the outer edge they will need to be loosened or unscrewed to remove the bezel. These are small screws so be careful you don't loose them. The bezel should then lift off. Clean it with mild soap and water and dry it well. Be careful of the bezel spring. it is easy to break the little fingers. Wipe off any dirt on the case and set the bezel spring and bezel back on the case. Use Red locktite on the screws and reinstall them. If you have markers on the bezel that come off when you remove the screws be sure you keep track of them and the screws that went with them.

If your bezel does not have screws but fake ones then the bezel should be removed by a qualified watchmaker because the bezel could be bent or damaged when removed.

Hope this helps.
Ken
Yellowstone Watch Inc.

Oct 01, 2009 | Watches

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Cannot open watch-back says, ''bezel stainless steel back''


Take it to your local jewelry store, they will sell you a battery and install it for you. Watch how they do it for the next time.

May 17, 2017 | Watches

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Ebel Wave lady's watch battery


to change the batt on an ebel womans watch i simple. 1 take out screws from bezel. 2 lift off , make sure to keep rubber gasket in place. 3 pull out stem to the set position. 4 be very carefull not to bend / touch hands. 5 turn case upside down, and you will see the opp side from the winder drop out slitely. with your fingernail pull downwards gently on works, then when you have it out a little on that side, turn it back over. and continue to lifft up gently, 5 as you do so, start to rowtate the works counter clockwise. the stem is made to .bend / swivel and the works will turn upside down and lay back into the case. to protect the face while installing the batt. 6 when done gently lift the same way but rowtate clockwise. but make sure you grab sides of works and not the face. ( the hands are very delicate) 7 take the batt to a jeweler to replace you will never find a batt with the same number ( ebel made sure of that ) they want you to pay 140.00 to 240.00 for them to do it. but a jeweler can match it. now that said, once you take the bezel off, your ebel warenty is void. so 140 -240 or $5.00 your choice i have had meny watches over the years all with rubber gaskets and have replaced batts is some five times and the gasket are still fine. and a batt will last 3 to four years. five in 15 years could cost you $ 1020.00 in the long run. hope that answers your question.

Feb 19, 2009 | Ebel Classic Wave 9090F249725 Wrist Watch

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Ebel Classic Wave fitting a new crown


i have changed the battery on my and my wifes ebel classic wave watch,,
step 1 ...remove the crown by pulling away from the watch, use your thumb and index fingernail and pull , it will come out
step 2 ...remove all 5 gold bezel screws
step 3... be careful,, the bezel/crystal will pry off easy
step 4... be careful and remove the entire face/hands/watch guts all in one easy step,, or just turn the watch over and it will fall out
step 5.. small screwdriver and remove/replace battery
step 6... reinstall watch guts/bezel and gold screws
step 7... push crown back into watch
step 8... take wife and kids to dinner ,,you just saved three hunderd bucks
if have done it many times ,, you can do it !!!!

Dec 10, 2006 | Ebel Classic Wave 9090F249725 Wrist Watch

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