As an owner, I'd be just as happy if they created an 18mm wide, signed, slide extension clasp similar to what we see on any number of micros. I believe those slide lock type extension clasps are currently only available in 20mm widths, so they would either have to create them or find a supplier willing to adjust the dimensions. A slide lock clasp that wasn't quite so large and thick those currently offered would be a fantastic enhancement.
Regarding the patent infringement specifically identified, Rolex might have a difficult time enforcing or seeking damages. As you point out, these "glide lock" style clasps are readily available on-line from a number of sources. From my limited experience in patent law, my understanding is a historic lack of defense of a patented design can limit your ability to establish future claims. If nothing else, the historic lack of protection would be used as a defense by the defendant.
Then again, Rolex has a fleet of attorneys on staff and Ginault is probably only a 4 or 5 person business (at best). I highly doubt Ginault would even take this to court as the costs of the defense are simply too great.
In discussions with another enthusiast, I was wondering about brands such as Tempus Machina who make very high end Rolex homages that sell for $25,000+. Tempus Machina actually puts dials labeled "Rolex" into their watches, but the dials were not printed by Rolex. Their 6538 homage uses an 8mm brevet (logo'ed with the Rolex crown) crown, but I'm not certain the crown itself is authentic Rolex. There is the possibility Tempus Machina found a stockpile of NOS 8mm 6538 crowns, but as that model has been out of production since 1961, I find that somewhat doubtful. It is kind of an interesting discussion - if I take a Rolex dial, strip it bare, repaint it and re-lume it, then print "Rolex" back on the dial, am I violating IP and Trademark protections? My attorneys would likely say "yes" and pursue a defense, but then again, that's their job.
My only concern with ceramic bezel inserts is when they are fully lumed. I have an OWC which has given me no issues despite being repeatedly used in the ocean, but I've also seen several Pelagos with paint missing from their inserts.
While certainly more rugged, ceramic inserts do also present another potential failure mode.
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