Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help
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    Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    Hello Everyone.
    I have been reading up on replacing the 16570 bezel and have not had a ton of luck. I understand it is a larger undertaking than a rotating bezel GMT master or Sub because those references have a crystal locking ring under their bezels do protect the crystal from moving and gasket from being exposed or damaged.

    So my question is: Does the 16570 have a locking/retaining ring for the crystal as well underneath? Or is 24hour-marked outer bezel also pressing the crystal in place underneath (all one piece)?
    Would I need a pressing tool to put the new expii bezel on? Basically If removing the expii bezel puts the water-proofness (?) at risk then i do not want to attempt.

    Any pictures of the Expii 16570 case with the bezel removed would be also very helpful/answer my questions. Spent the whole morning trying to locate a picture of this with no luck.

    As you can see the bezel does not need replacing, but I have a source for less nice spare that I would sub out to keep my original looking nice. But obviously thats more elective and not something id want to take to have done professionally.

    Thank you!
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    Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    Edited because I was wrong. The bezel does fit over the crystal retaining ring so isn’t pressed directly into the case as I wrote earlier. In fact I’ve now read that a 5 digit exp II can be converted into having a rotating GMT Master bezel as they have the same case.

    I really don’t see the point in doing this anyway. Always the potential to damage something when doing this kind of swap that negates the point of it! My advice is leave well alone and just wear the thing!
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    Re: Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    Hub6152, thanks for your response. I also read that about the case being the same as the Gmt BUT as the gmt bezel must be separate from the crystal retaining ring for the GMt bezel to turn... the Expii bezel does not need to turn so I am wanting to make sure that rolex did not just make the bezel and crystal ring one piece. Like I know on old acrylic datejusts, the bezel is what secures the crystal.
    And thanks for your advice on leavinng it alone, couldnt hurt for me to hear thats ;)
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    Re: Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    What's your initial objective to change the bezel out? Did you want to make the Explorer II look like a GMT Master or you just wanted to save the bezel from scratches?

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    Re: Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    To replace an explorer ii bezel with and explorer ii bezel without risking pressure seal

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    Re: Explorer II 16570 Bezel Replacement DIY help

    Since you seem to have some questions on the right procedure, maybe you'd be better off leaving the job to a professional...
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