How To Change The Bezel On A Seiko SKX Diver - With Photos!!!
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    How To Change The Bezel On A Seiko SKX Diver - With Photos!!!

    Hi All, Recently I received in the mail a 007 Bezel that I ordered for my SKX171, with thanks to Gabe for pointing me in the right direction.
    Now that I have the bezel and have changed it over, Gabe had suggested some photos of this being done. I have included notes to go with these photos, so bear with me

    Bezel change for Seiko SKX171, takes about 5-10 minutes

    1. Existing SKX171 with SKX007 Bezel
    2. Seiko part number 8601 469A from Chronograph.com Singapore
    3. Closeup shot of SKX007 bezel
    4. Suitable screw driver, small but not too small, on Swiss Army Soldier pocket knife
    5. Insert blade between case and bezel and twist slowly, be patient!
    See part two and three for the rest, as 5 pictures can be uploaded at a time

    Enjoy, this is an easy project.

    Ben
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    Last edited by Isthmus; May 12th, 2009 at 16:14.
    A small collection
    Seiko Auto Chronograph 6139-6002 (1975)
    Citizen Divers 150m 4-8207894 (1978)
    Omega Speedmaster 861 145.0022 (1978)
    Rolex GMTII 16710 (2000)
    Seiko Divers 200m SKX171KS (2009)
    Seiko Divers 200m SHC063P1 + Orange NATO(2009)

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    Bezel change to SKX171 with photos part 2

    Part 2

    6. Shot of case and crystal showing bezel spring ring and locating pin
    7. Similar showing locating pin and one-way upward facing spring bar, this is what provides the uni-directional turn direction to the bezel
    8. Shot of case and crystal with bezel spring ring taken off, showing the hole for the locating pin on the bezel spring ring to engage in.
    9. Shot showing position of these holes
    10. Shot of bezel spring ring and locating pin, faces down on to case to engage.
    A little more of your time!! for part 3 and the finished product
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    Last edited by Isthmus; May 12th, 2009 at 16:15.
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    A small collection
    Seiko Auto Chronograph 6139-6002 (1975)
    Citizen Divers 150m 4-8207894 (1978)
    Omega Speedmaster 861 145.0022 (1978)
    Rolex GMTII 16710 (2000)
    Seiko Divers 200m SKX171KS (2009)
    Seiko Divers 200m SHC063P1 + Orange NATO(2009)

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    Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Bezel change for Seiko SKX171, takes about 5-10 minutes

    11. Shot of one-way spring bar.
    12. Don’t forget to remove the rubber or silicone gasket from the old bezel and put it into the new one, a pin or needle will get it out, it is slightly over-size which is what holds it in
    13. How it looks without the gasket
    14. The finished product with the old bezel
    15. Where the photos were taken showing the tripod over the top and the glass door in front, with diffused light

    Photos were taken with a Nikon D200, with a Nikon 28-105 zoom on macro focus. The tripod used was a Manfrotto/Bogen 190B tripod and a Manfrotto/Bogen 486RC2 head. The pictures were shot behind a glass door with diffused glass, reduces the shadows somewhat.

    Shot 14 was with the D200 built-in flash.

    Since I do not have a press, in order to press the new bezel on, I took a cloth and folded it over a couple of times for thickness and then placed it against a timber door frame and give the watch a push on the back of the case, where it should engage and click in.

    Your patience is appreciated, I hope that it was worth the wait

    Cheers
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    Last edited by Isthmus; May 12th, 2009 at 16:15.
    A small collection
    Seiko Auto Chronograph 6139-6002 (1975)
    Citizen Divers 150m 4-8207894 (1978)
    Omega Speedmaster 861 145.0022 (1978)
    Rolex GMTII 16710 (2000)
    Seiko Divers 200m SKX171KS (2009)
    Seiko Divers 200m SHC063P1 + Orange NATO(2009)

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    Re: Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Nice one Tman. I like the chrome ringed indices on the 171.

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    Re: Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Nice posts. Thanks for sharing and documenting so well.
    I like the look of that dial and bezel combo.
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    Re: Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Great job thanks for taking the time to do that.

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    Re: Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Excellent post, Tman! Thanks for the contribution.
    Regards,

    Gabe

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    Re: Bezel change to SKX171 with photos - part 3

    Well done, that's helpful, thanks!

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    Re: How To Change The Bezel On A Seiko SKX Diver - With Photos!!!

    Great post on how to change a bezel. I'm eager to switch out the insert on a Seiko diver to create a diver with a GMT bezel. Do you know how to remove the insert? Do you know if the bezels are the same size on, say, an SKX007 and an SKX013? Many thanks for any help. Simon

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    Re: How To Change The Bezel On A Seiko SKX Diver - With Photos!!!

    I just got through this.

    On my 7002 and my 6309 you just slide a caseback knife of something thin edged between the bezel and the case and gently twist up and the bezel should pop off. The bezel insert is on the inside, you can pop it out from the back. Clean under and inside the bezel if you need to, replace or reseat the gasket, and snap the bezel back on. Then take the insert lay it in at the 12 oclock position and then just push it back in and it should snap in.
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