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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    Quote Originally Posted by heyheyuw View Post
    Great. I might end up trying a little silicon in it.


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    My bezel was extremely difficult to turn at first also. I just made a point of turning it regularly the first week I had it. I would take the watch off my wrist and just spend a few minutes rotating it around and around. At first it didn’t seem to be making a difference but after a while it seemed to improve, and now it turns easily. I would try this before having a watchmaker look at it.


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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    Quote Originally Posted by jmai View Post
    Thanks, it's a pretty simple process:

    - Remove bezel insert. This can be either really tricky or really easy. I got lucky - my insert came off very easily by nudging the lume pip with a screwdriver. I guess the factory adhesive wasn't very good on mine. I've read others using a heat gun to soften the glue, and then pushing the lume pip to break the bond and slide the insert off. One thing is for sure - you get 1 chance, because Steinhart isn't selling these inserts separately. And the bezel can't be removed either. Just make sure to NOT push on the lume pip in the clockwise direction, you'll mess up the bezel action.

    - Any kind of bleach and time can be used depending on how much fade you want. Important thing to note is that when you put the insert into the bleach, it's NOT going to fade before your eyes. The bleach softens the ink/dye, when you remove the insert and rub it dry, the ink will come off. If you just leave it in the bleach for like 30 minutes, it's still going to look black. You only get one shot, so do it 3-5 minutes at a time, rinsing and drying/rubbing it each time. I got my result with 3 stages of bleaching/drying: 3 min + pat dry, 5 min + pat dry, 10 min + RUB dry. I used Chlorox, low-splash formula bleach.

    - Reinstall with 3m bezel insert adhesive
    Thanks for the explanation. That’s pretty gutsy pulling the insert out like that. Not sure I’m ready to make that gamble just yet! I was hoping you knew how to remove the entire bezel. I wonder if it could be done on the watch? Maybe soak a cotton swab in bleach and wipe just the insert with it?


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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    Ordered!

    Love the faded bezel look. May try it eventually when I get bored of the black. I too would like to think of a way to bleach it without taking out the insert.
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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    I’m in as well.

    I apparently ordered one of the last 15 pieces. I recommend making a decision quickly if you are on the fence about this watch.

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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    - best homage to old subs out there!

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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    I would have to agree that this watch is the best homage sub I have owned. Throughout the day I can not stop looking at the watch . I have found the watch looks the best on a light brown leather strap.
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    Placed my order Thursday night (GMT -06:00 CT) at Gnomon. Have not heard anything since, except for instant order confirmation. Should I be worried?

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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    Quote Originally Posted by celtics1984 View Post
    I would have to agree that this watch is the best homage sub I have owned. Throughout the day I can not stop looking at the watch . I have found the watch looks the best on a light brown leather strap.
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    Re: Gnomon Ocean Explorer 39 Plexi LE

    Its out of stock now guys.
    Collectors item now !
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    The watch looks even better in person.
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