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Yes I understand that it's better to keep the watch original. Don't get me wrong I love the orange. It was actually one of the main reasons I bought this watch. The thing is I feel like this orange screams way too much especially with short sleeves. I want to be able to switch it up. Makes me feel like I bought a new watch lol

I need to find out if this bezel is made for the 2500 or 8500. I thought it would be the same.


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Well, the 8500 comes with either a ceramic matte black bezel, or the orange aluminum insert, and black aluminum isn't one of the factory choices. But I suppose someone could have made the insert to the same specs as the original orange aluminum despite the wrong placement for the bezel lume pip.
 

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Well, the 8500 comes with either a ceramic matte black bezel, or the orange aluminum insert, and black aluminum isn't one of the factory choices. But I suppose someone could have made the insert to the same specs as the original orange aluminum despite the wrong placement for the bezel lume pip.
Well I bought this from eBay. The description says it's a direct fit for the 42mm not the 45.4. It does not specify whether it's for the 2500 or the 8500 but it should have the same dimensions correct?


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Well I bought this from eBay. The description says it's a direct fit for the 42mm not the 45.4. It does not specify whether it's for the 2500 or the 8500 but it should have the same dimensions correct?


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I doubt they have the same dimension Mate... Happy to be corrected thou😊

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I doubt they have the same dimension Mate... Happy to be corrected thou

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Well that's not good. I guess I'm out of luck because I cannot find any aftermarket bezel inserts made for the 8500. In fact, it seems like the never list which model it's for other than the size 42mm or 55mm. I'll let you guys know. If it doesn't fit, I'm still winning. I love my orange PO


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Generally after markets will fit it just depends on the fit. Original omega bezel inserts are held by precise engineering and pressure fit only. Some after markets do not do the same and need a little glue which may screw you if you want to change back. If you want to swap 2500 with 8500 bezel inserts again some on here proved it is possible but that was OEM with OEM.

Also you have to apply a fair amount of pressure to remove from bezel ring and some have been known to buckle the insert so be careful.

Personally I would pay the cash and buy OEM bezel complete for 2500 and just swap bezels over making the swap back easier - but each to his own if you are willing to accept the risks.

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Generally after markets will fit it just depends on the fit. Original omega bezel inserts are held by precise engineering and pressure fit only. Some after markets do not do the same and need a little glue which may screw you if you want to change back. If you want to swap 2500 with 8500 bezel inserts again some on here proved it is possible but that was OEM with OEM.

Also you have to apply a fair amount of pressure to remove from bezel ring and some have been known to buckle the insert so be careful.

Personally I would pay the cash and buy OEM bezel complete for 2500 and just swap bezels over making the swap back easier - but each to his own if you are willing to accept the risks.

Cheers :)




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Wait what you mean it can "Buckle the insert"? I've been googling this topic since I bought the watch and haven't heard that before. If that's true, I think I'll skip on this entire project. I am taking it to a watch maker so if he breaks it he buys it unless he disclosed that he's not responsible for damages.

It would be nice to buy the omega beZel but it's very expensive. They didn't even want to sell it to me or even install it. With that price I can but a nice tag


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Yes replacing the insert is very difficult. You aren't talking about replacing the bezel. He will need to peel that orange insert out and then fit a cheap knock off intended for a different watch.

If this one works out for you I'll eat my iPhone.

This isn't going to work. And certainly not going to be something you can swap back and forth when the mood strikes.

When most people talk about changing the bezel they buy a complete bezel assembly which is the only way Omega sells them.
 

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Yes replacing the insert is very difficult. You aren't talking about replacing the bezel. He will need to peel that orange insert out and then fit a cheap knock off intended for a different watch.

If this one works out for you I'll eat my iPhone.

This isn't going to work. And certainly not going to be something you can swap back and forth when the mood strikes.

When most people talk about changing the bezel they buy a complete bezel assembly which is the only way Omega sells them.
How sure are you about this? There are countless threads about people swapping out inserts and going back and fourth.


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How sure are you about this? There are countless threads about people swapping out inserts and going back and fourth.


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I am positive. These countless threads you speak of are people swapping the entire bezel assembly, not swapping the insert. They are also about swapping from the same watch not two different generations of POs.

Good luck I have been wrong before.
 

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Bezel insert:



Bezel assembly:



There is a huge difference between the two and the method of swapping them.
Right I know but doesn't the insert simply pop right off the bezel like the submariner. I would Imagine omega makes some pretty high quality parts that won't crack when swapping back and fourth. The bezel assembly cost as much as $600


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Right I know but doesn't the insert simply pop right off the bezel like the submariner. I would Imagine omega makes some pretty high quality parts that won't crack when swapping back and fourth. The bezel assembly cost as much as $600


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Omega doesn't sell the insert. That's a cheap knock off.
 

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Like I said before the final call is yours all we are highlighting is what people generally do.

All my advice and it is purely that is born from experience and yes I have buckled a bezel insert and it was costly mistake. I was doing it DIY and only found out when I tried to refit and things did not align as they did before - wasn't huge but it was enough to make a difference. So just passing the on some friendly advice.

The swap you mention between variants brings added complications as highlighted especially if ceramic is involved. Reality is these watch parts are not designed to be popped on and off on a regular basis or they would be much easier to do trust me.

Either way it's your call it is after all your watch to do what you wish, we are just highlighting the potential risks.

Jump if you must, but if you do then do so with your eyes open.

Good luck

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Like I said before the final call is yours all we are highlighting is what people generally do.

All my advice and it is purely that is born from experience and yes I have buckled a bezel insert and it was costly mistake. I was doing it DIY and only found out when I tried to refit and things did not align as they did before - wasn't huge but it was enough to make a difference. So just passing the on some friendly advice.

The swap you mention between variants brings added complications as highlighted especially if ceramic is involved. Reality is these watch parts are not designed to be popped on and off on a regular basis or they would be much easier to do trust me.

Either way it's your call it is after all your watch to do what you wish, we are just highlighting the potential risks.

Jump if you must, but if you do then do so with your eyes open.

Good luck

Cheers :)


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I really appreciate the advice. For now I'm 50/50 on it. Glad I stopped by here for advice. I don't wanna mess up my watch in any way even if it's a minor difference. I would regret it. I'm not going to do this myself. This all falls on the mercy of my watch maker so maybe I'll keep looking and find someone who has done it before but trust me it's rare


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eBay is your friend bezels (complete) come up from time to time - that's where I got my 'replacement from and cheaper than Otto. Swapping the bezel complete is not perfect but it's the best way I would go - but that's me once bitten......

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Right I know but doesn't the insert simply pop right off the bezel like the submariner. I would Imagine omega makes some pretty high quality parts that won't crack when swapping back and fourth. The bezel assembly cost as much as $600


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It's not supposed to pop off, and when it does the lume pip can fall out. Mine popped out once when the bezel was removed by a watchmaker with the wrong tool, and using a press to put the insert back into the bezel resulted in cracked paint on the insert - he had to buy a new bezel.

PS: People swap inserts on the Rolex GMT II all the time, but the Omega insert isn't designed to be swapped like the Rolex ones.
 

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It's not supposed to pop off, and when it does the lume pip can fall out. Mine popped out once when the bezel was removed by a watchmaker with the wrong tool, and using a press to put the insert back into the bezel resulted in cracked paint on the insert - he had to buy a new bezel.

PS: People swap inserts on the Rolex GMT II all the time, but the Omega insert isn't designed to be swapped like the Rolex ones.
Yeah I'm just not going to even bother with this idea anymore. Too much risk for a watch I really value. It's my first and only expensive watch so I guess I'll keep the orange.


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Yeah I'm just not going to even bother with this idea anymore. Too much risk for a watch I really value. It's my first and only expensive watch so I guess I'll keep the orange.


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Here is a photo of the cracked paint after putting the lume pip back in and pressing the insert back into the bezel, which torqued the insert and made the paint crack.
 

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