(Login oldempirellc) VRF Member from IP address 22.214.171.124
Does any one know the correct height for a 5508 bezel? Actually, if some one can provide some information on bezel differences between different models (6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6538, 5508, 5510 and even 6542 and 6020) that would be great.
I measured my bezel (currently on a 5508) and it's about 2.1 mm in height. Looking at a different 5508, I noticed that the bezel was significantly shorter.
I have both a 5508 and 6538. When I purchased the 6538 the bezel sat about .5mm away from the case. I did a bunch of research and emailing to other collectors. I thought it was the just the retaining ring. I removed the ring and bezel from both the 6538 and the 5508 to compare. I found the following:
A small crown and Big crown bezel look the same from the top and side in terms of the height and the diameter for the inlay. The difference between the two is the diameter and height of the underside of the bezel where the tension spring is. When I finally realized it was the bezel, and bought a correct 6538/big crown bezel, it fit right on and made contact with the case. The big crown case top has a wider "crystal shelf". Thats what I call the raised area that the crystal sits on and that the retaining ring makes contact with.
When I had both bezels and rings off the watches, I simply put the rings on a flat surface and clicked them together with the bezels like they would be on the case. both bezels made contact with the flat surface when tried with both rings, thats when I realized that the "crystal shelf" on the 6538 was stopping the small crown bezel from making contact with the case. I tested this theory by swapping the retaining rings on both watches as they were slightly different in height with the same result. I also tried both bezels on both cases with no spring and no retaining ring just to see if both bezels would sit flush to the case. The big crown bezel fit both, while the small crown bezel only fit a small crown case.
So I have concluded from my limited experience, that a big crown bezel and ring will work fine and function correctly for a small crown sub, but a small crown bezel will not work properly for a big crown sub..