To bezel or to not bezel

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    To bezel or to not bezel

    I know it's been talked about, especially when it comes to dive watches. But I love to hear from fellow WIS.

    Over the years I have moved away from the bulkier looking external bezels.

    Don't get me wrong, I understand rotating bezels have their place. Throw a Planet Ocean at me and I will not scoff! Heck throw a Seiko Monster at me and I will wear it with pride. It is just from an aesthetic point of view, I find the lack of the external bezel to make a watch look sleeker, may hap a bit more classically stylish.

    Maybe it is just my age, and not having the need for "sporty" any longer.

    What is your preference....and why, when it comes to rotating external bezels? Feel free to use a pic or two of your preference.

    Borrowing a pic from the net, as mine won't be here till next week. Classic look, not to sporty, not to thick. I think an external bezel on this piece would throw off the balance for me. Maybe make it a little too...busy.

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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    I certainly agree that some bezels are too "in your face," but many watches get them just right. I love the internal bezels of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver and the Longines Legend Diver, and I love the external bezel of my inexpensive Seiko SNZH53:

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    Watches with no rotating bezel (such as the one you show) are cool, too. Just personal taste, I imagine.

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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    Watches with no rotating bezel (such as the one you show) are cool, too.
    I agree.
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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    One of my favorite part of wearing a watch is being able to time things. So almost all of mine have an internal or external bezel. That said, I have seven internal bezel watches so I certainly appreciate your desire for a sleek case.
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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    It took me a fair while of virtual shopping, but I think I've decided they aren't really for me. I understand there is almost a tradition now (James Bond, Rolex ads etc) of considering bold, sporty watches as glamorous and even stylish, and I concede there is some practicality to a really robust watch, but it still feels to me a little like a city slicker driving a chromed-up Humvee. It will never see the conditions it was originally intended for, so it is a pretender, or at best a fashion statement.

    Having said that, all watches are a mixture of practical features and style elements borrowed from outside the purely necessary. Everyone has their own comfort level with borrowed style - I've realised I'm pretty conservative, but I do like some element of masculine 'action' and dare I say, some slight 'bling' so I finally ordered this Certina Chrono as my first 'real' watch for daily wear:


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    Some will find it too conservative, others will find it too flashy. For me it feels about right. I like the stainless bracelet and black dial. I'll use the chrono very occasionally, but only because it's there - mainly I like the look of a chrono and the demonstration of mechanical gadgetry. I'll never use the tachy, but it's under the crystal so it doesn't make the same statement as if it had its own bezel.

    A chunky dive bezel would just be too bold and irrelevant for me.
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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    I am generally not a fan of external bezels but I do like this one that I recently acquired.



    I much prefer the internal bezel. Even something crazy like this:



    The vast majority of my watches do not have a rotating bezel at all.

    Here is one I would love to have:

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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    I think that you have it down. External bezels are much about a sporty look. If you prefer a more conservative look then choose a non bezel. I am older and retired; Yet, I dig the sporty and casual diver as the watch I mostly wear.

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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    Quote Originally Posted by dalto View Post
    I am generally not a fan of external bezels but I do like this one that I recently acquired.



    I much prefer the internal bezel. Even something crazy like this:



    The vast majority of my watches do not have a rotating bezel at all.

    Here is one I would love to have:

    I love that Nomos.
    Time is relative.


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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    How about this awesome combo of knurled bezel with internal rotating bezel :



    And the Pontos Diver indeed gets it absolutely right :


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    Re: To bezel or to not bezel

    Quote Originally Posted by monza06 View Post
    How about this awesome combo of knurled bezel with internal rotating bezel :



    And the Pontos Diver indeed gets it absolutely right :


    I agree the Pontos is best of both worlds.
    Time is relative.


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