Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod
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    Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod

    I'd previously reviewed this watch here:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f72/rev...1-4683545.html

    After ten minutes wear, I severely damaged the original green bezel insert. So I removed the bezel and found out about bezel springs and bearings, they immediately went AWOL. So I replaced one of them using a spring bar hack, dremel tool, magnifying visor, and a lot of grief. So now the bezel is bidirectional but at least it doesn't free spin.

    As for a new insert, I looked around and saw the best deals on eBay. First, I bought a dark green ceramic insert from Zicorporate for $10. It's great looking and high quality, but it's a fraction of a millimeter too big in outside diameter, it seems ceramic runs a bit large. I tried grinding down the bottom, thought it might jerry rig, but it's impossible to grind ceramic without a diamond wheel, I didn't even scratch it with black carbide wet sandpaper.

    Then I bought an aluminum insert from JacobJewelry for $10. I decided to be jazzy and went with a coke bottle insert. It had an adhesive backing and was easy to use, perfect fit. At first, I thought the insert was scratched, it looked poor. But then I realized it had a plastic film, so I carefully removed it with a fingernail, it wasn't scratched at all.

    Too bad the picture isn't too good, but maybe people want to know what a coke bottle insert looks like on a green dial. I think it looks pretty good, sort of like Christmas.

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    P.S. I discovered that if you google "coke bottle insert" there's a lot of really strange results, stuff that has nothing to do with watches.
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    Re: Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod

    I’m sorry, but that’s pretty natty
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    Re: Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod

    I should mention, don't make the mistake I made when replacing a bezel insert. I failed to note the exact position of the timing marks on the original bezel insert at 3 and 9 o'clock, in relation to the teeth on the bezel. So now, the replacement bezel is a bit off at 3 and 9. Also, I replaced the bezel insert with the bezel off the watch, I suppose bezel inserts might be replaced with the bezel on the watch. So it was a learning experience.
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    Re: Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod

    I am also looking for a new bezel insert of my LOREO L9201G. I measured size: inner diameter is 30.4mm, outer 37.4mm. That quite unusual. Can someone recommend a shop? Cheers Martin

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    Re: Loreo Submariner - Green Dial & Coke Bottle Insert Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin HW View Post
    I am also looking for a new bezel insert of my LOREO L9201G. I measured size: inner diameter is 30.4mm, outer 37.4mm. That quite unusual. Can someone recommend a shop? Cheers Martin
    Martin, I mention an eBay seller in my opening post, while there's other sellers on eBay and at Ali that sell aluminum bezels. Look for one that fits a Rolex submariner, that's how many sellers describe the bezel that fit my Loreo. I think an aluminum GMT bezel would also fit if you don't want the dot.
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