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    The BEST bezel

    OK, I thought this could be an interesting thread idea...

    What watch do you think has the best bezel, and by what criteria do you judge? For me, it's grippiness, legibility, and ease of use in situ (gloves, water, etc.)

    I got a new JSAR and have to say this bezel is the cat's meow. I can pick the watch up off of a table by grabbing the bezel and I can't wait to try it out with heavy neoprene gloves on. On the downside, the numbers are a bit small but that's a nitpick.

    Others I've had with good bezels:



    And some not so good bezels:

    Sorry, but a screw-down internal is not user-friendly.

    Let's see what you've got...

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    Re: The BEST bezel

    For me, the best I own or have used/played with (and I include the Sub, SD, SMP, numerous Breitling's, IWC's Aquatimer, and JLC's new Master Diver series) is fitted to this Seiko...



    For £240 it manages to have the most amazing bezel action I've ever experienced.

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    Re: The BEST bezel

    Not a fan of internal bezels - especially ones that can not be used underwater because the screw down bezel crown is not water resistent. e.g. Ball Diver - I use my watches in the water and make adjustments when needed.

    Marathon GSAR is awfully tough to beat - probably the best overall, size, edge, height, smoothness

    Rolex Sub gets the job done, a bit sharp though

    Omega PO is good, a bit too low

    Omega SMP - IMHO the biggest joke of a bezel ther is - awful design

    B'ling are pretty good, the tabs are ez to grip

    Doxa spins and grips nicely but is a magnet for scratches

    Seiko are very good, the regular divers are better than the monster

    Stowa prodiver, good except its a 60 click, would be smoother if it were 120.

    IWC AT - older style is pretty good, but I don't really prefer to push down while I spin.
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    Re: The BEST bezel

    the easiest to use is the Marathon SAR, and the nicest action is the Seiko MM auto, most solid feel is the Sinn U1.

    to me, it gotta have minute markers all around

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    Re: The BEST bezel

    My OM is solid and smooth. I am anticipating that the Ocean7 that I have incoming will be great, too.
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    Re: The BEST bezel

    I agree with the JSAR / Marathons great bezels!!!

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    Re: The BEST bezel

    IWC the old style bezel is a masterpiece. IMO
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    Re: The BEST bezel

    While this watch might not be many folk's cup of tea, but in terms of no play, positive one direction snap and feel, the Laco diver bezel feels like no other.


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    Re: The BEST bezel

    Quote Originally Posted by behar7 View Post
    IWC the old style bezel is a masterpiece.

    Watch courtesy of Winton

    I agree, an absolute work of genius. Its not the easiest to operate tho' (neither is the TC's bezel owing to the shroud, but in action it "feels" in a different league, imho), and can be a pain to get into exactly the right position because its not ratcheted. But its has to be THE most secure bezel around (save for the PloProf). Love the watch, too.
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    Re: The BEST bezel

    in order from my best on down. aquagraph. can't move it unless you push it down. also it moves in 15 minute increments. also the entire watch is designed to be use with gloves.


    tag chronotimer. a very positive click action. again its diver friendly.

    sinn u1. nuff said.

    uts. very easy to use and would be hard to move it by a accidental bump.

    marathon sar.

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