How To Remove The Bezel On Tudor Black Bay (Step-By-Step)
Many watch owners are well aware that cleaning the watch should be done every once in a while. Both for the longevity of the watch, but also to maintain its original luster, and shine, and to prevent tarnishing. You do not need an ultrasonic washer for the bracelet, even if it is preferable. But instead, you can use a soft toothbrush, some soap, and hot water.
However, even though you get most of the dirt out from a watch using a toothbrush with soap and hot water, there still are more hidden and hard-to-access places where dirt may accumulate. Underneath the bezel is one such place.
In this article, we’ll cover how to remove the bezel from your Tudor Heritage Black Bay, as well as how to clean it underneath. You can also use this guide in order to swap the insert of your watch or just to simply give your Tudor watch the “Marlo Brando” look, meaning no bezel.
If you are using your Tudor watch while swimming in salt water it is always recommended, even on Tudors own behalf, to clean or wash it in tap water for a few minutes so that any salt residue that might have found its way under the bezel loosens up and doesn’t get stuck under the bezel.
Now, this is not a major issue if you forget as it can be done a long time afterward as well, but it is recommended to do it within a couple of hours to prevent the salt water from drying underneath the bezel. If the salt water would dry under the bezel you can instantly feel how much more resistance there is to rotate the bezel as the salt crystals create friction. This is why we want to get rid of the salt before it dries up.
Getting rid of salt underneath the bezel is always good, but just from daily use, when the watch is worn outside the water, small dust particles and other types of dirt gather underneath the bezel, and after a few months of wearing the watch, the bezel might be hard to rotate due to the dirt. Luckily, removing the bezel is not too complicated and you really do not need a lot of tools to do it yourself at home.
We recommend using these tools:
You will use the tools accordingly:
Tape: This will be used to tape around the watch knife so the watch doesn’t get scratched up from using the knife. Some people skip this step, but it can be a good idea in order to minimize the risk of scratches.
Watch Knife: The watch knife will be used to insert between the bezel and case and that way remove the bezel.
Watch Tweezer: This will be used to remove springs underneath the bezel as it can be rather difficult to remove using your hands since it is a very delicate job.
Toothbrush: This will be used to clean underneath the bezel together with water. We recommend using a soft toothbrush.
Prepare The Tools:
As written above, you will need to protect the watch by using tape on the watch knife. This way, you can avoid steel on steel, which minimizes the risk of scratching the case. The watch tweezer is not something that will need to be taped up as it will be used once the bezel has been removed from the watch. Now, let’s see what needs to be done to remove the bezel from the case.
When the tools have been prepared, it is time for the first step which is to remove the bezel. For this step, you will need your taped-up watch knife. The bezel is not glued nor screwed down in any way but is attached to the watch via friction. With that said the bezel has been attached to the case by pressing the bezel on. Now, if we are going to reverse this process, we will need to create a gap between the bezel and the case in order for the friction to be less and thereby have the bezel to “pop off”.
Take your taped-up watch knife and place it between the bezel and the case at the 7 o’clock position. Then gently insert the watch knife in the gap and gently push until the gap becomes bigger and the bezel “pops off”. You might need to wiggle the watch knife gently or use a thicker watch knife if the bezel is not going off. However, be gentle and careful in this process as you can damage the bezel and have it uneven which might make it difficult or in some cases impossible to attach the bezel to the case afterward.
Now the hardest part has been done which frightens most of the people who do this for the first time. When the bezel has been removed you will first see a steel plate. Gently remove this without losing the metal part which sticks out at 2 o’clock.
When the steel plate has been removed, you will now see 3 springs at the 5, 7, and 11 o’clock positions. You will also see a metal object at the 2 o’clock position which has the function to “click” and only let the bezel rotate 1 way. Underneath this metal object, you will find the fourth spring. Gently remove all of these without damaging or losing them with your watch tweezer. Try to place these springs in a small box as it is very easy to lose these parts in the process.
These are all the steps in order to disassemble the bezel. Now you can clean the springs and metal plate gently as these parts are quite fragile. Then take your toothbrush which is dipped in water and start scrubbing inside the bezel until all the dirt is removed.
Remove the insert
Shall you wish to remove the insert, it is not glued onto the metal bezel. Because of this, it can be pushed out using your fingers as it, just as the bezel, holds together by friction. Shall you wish to swap out the existing insert by replacing it with a new one, simply just push it back on the bezel and reverse the process of when you removed it.
When you have cleaned the parts and the case with your toothbrush and water, it is time to put the bezel back onto the watch. Simply reverse the process of removing the bezel and you will have your watch back with a clean and fully functioning bezel.
Start by putting the springs back.
Remember to add the metal object (which prevents the bezel from being bi-directional) onto the spring at the 2 o’clock position. The steel plate does have a hole that is meant to be placed over the metal object. Then you press the bezel back onto the watch trying to apply pressure on as much of the bezel as possible, this way it will easier be put back.
Now the bezel is put back onto the watch and it is time to try the bezel for the first time. You should feel that the bezel is turning smoother and more precise, which of course depends on the amount of dirt that affects the friction of the bezel.
How did it go for you? Was it as difficult as you thought?
34 thoughts on “How To Remove The Bezel On Tudor Black Bay (Step-By-Step)”
Hi, can you use this technique with the fixed bezel watch??
No, not quite. The fixed bezel is a completely different construction which naturally doesn’t function in the same way as a rotating bezel.
What is the strap that you have on the watch?
The fabric strap on the watch is the original Tudor fabric strap that comes with the 79220R. The leather strap is also the original leather strap for the 79220R.
How much would it cost to get a bezel replaced by Tudor
The bezel insert is quite affordable, around 200-300 dollars. If you need to also replace the actual bezel, it will be a bit more expensive. Expect around 300-400 for this repair.
I have a BB58 that has a looser than I’d like bezel, it rocks back and forth due to the spring underneath. Based on your experience of dissembling the bezel, is there anything you think I could do it reduce this/stiffen things up a bit?
With the Black Bay, it can be difficult as the bezel does not have a “spring” like the Submariner, for example, which adjusts the “resistance” when rotating the bezel. It is easy to do on the Submariner as you simply adjust the “spring” slightly but on the Black Bay, we would advise you to seek professional help.
Hi. I’m having trouble reattaching the bezel. It won’t stay on. Any advice?
I have trouble putting the bezel back on the watch case. Even though I’m pressing as hard as I can, it does not click back in its original position and is therefore not attached.
Will there be a ceramic GMT bezel for Tudor?
Tudor launched a ceramic bezel for the Master Chronometer ceramic so they’re already experimenting with ceramic bezels. It is highly possible that Tudor will launch more ceramic bezels in the future.