How to Change the Bezel on a Rolex Watch

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How to Change the Bezel on a Rolex Watch
You can change the bezel on your Rolex watch. (watch image by Clark Duffy from Fotolia.com)

The bezel is the round part of the Rolex that is placed on top of the watch case and encircles the watch crystal. Rolex bezels can be black, navy blue, red and dark green or can be silver or gold. The bezel features numbers that allow the wearer to keep track of time. On the Rolex Submariner, for example, the bezel makes the watch function as a diving watch, allowing the wearer to keep track of time spent diving underwater.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Masking tape
  • Rolex

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place strips of masking tape around the watch case between the bezel and the case. The tape protects the case from getting scratched when the bezel is being removed.

  2. 2

    Place the sharp edge of a knife into the space between the bezel and the watch case and on top of the masking tape.

  3. 3

    Push down on the knife handle to pop off the bezel. You will see a spring at the 12 o'clock position.

  4. 4

    Hold up the bezel with your thumbs on the back of the bezel. Bend the bezel so the coloured outer portion is released from the inside of the bezel.

  5. 5

    Place the backside metal part of the bezel on the watch case and line it up with the spring on the inside of the bezel. Place the new coloured bezel piece on top of the metal piece and press down.

  6. 6

    Remove the bezel from the watch and press down on the part of the coloured bezel that is not fully inserted into the metal piece. If you cannot push it down with your fingers, you can press the coloured piece down by pressing it against a cloth on a hard surface.

  7. 7

    Put the full bezel piece onto the watch again and line it up over the spring. Simultaneously press down on both sides of the bezel until you hear a "click" sound signalling that the bezel is in place.

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