An Immediate Fix: How to Replace a Seiko Bezel Insert

flat black ceramic bezel insert for SKX007

Seiko watches are some of the most prominent timepieces in the world today. If you are looking for quality that is second to none, this is the immediate choice. Its rich history enabled its manufacturers to further develop their watches, which helped them continue reimagining watches.

You may have difficulty finding a Seiko watch that does not exhibit quality unless you mistakenly buy imitations. Despite the undeniable reach of Seiko, however, there are times when you may find yourself urging for a modification, a replacement that will make your Seiko watch better. 

Don’t get us wrong, every make and model of their timepiece is already a masterpiece in itself. However, you are also allowed to modify some parts of it, turning your masterpiece into a personalised totem. 

One of the main parts that you may focus on is the bezel insert. It is the part of the watch that surrounds the outer frame, usually featuring multiple two-digit numbers, and it can be turned or adjusted according to your preference. 

If you want to know how to mod this properly, consider the following tips we have listed below.

Prepare All the Necessary Tools

A great modification is only as good as the person’s expertise behind the tools, and they would not be able to do so without the right tools. Even a simple activity such as a Seiko bezel replacement will require all of the tools to add the mod without any hassle. Be prepared to use the following tools:

  • The Seiko watch with the bezel
  • A sharp blade
  • An adhesive remover
  • A paper towel
  • A microfiber cloth
  • A parts dish
  • A flathead screwdriver
  • A case back remover tool
  • A case holder
  • The replacement bezel
  • An adhesive ring

Understanding the Overall Process of the Bezel Replacement

The following method may need your utmost attention, so be sure to read and implement it carefully to avoid damaging your watch or losing any of its essential components.

Before anything else, you must keep the watch steady using the case holder—you wouldn’t want it to shake while doing the whole modification. Then, unscrew the case back with the case back tool. Prevent any scratches while doing this with the help of the cloth. After that, you need to place the watch face down in the case holder. 

Don’t forget to use a microfiber cloth to avoid nicking the glass. Use a flathead screwdriver to pull the crown away from the case and pry the movement out using the flat head screwdriver. To avoid losing them, you may need to place the case back, crown, and movement in a parts dish. 

Now, use a case back knife or another sharp tool to remove the bezel, then add a small dab of adhesive remover on the surface to remove the old adhesive. After cleaning it, use the adhesive ring for the new bezel. Set it in place and put the bezel click spring back. 

After that, you may finally place the new bezel, along with the other components that you had removed. You may need to softly apply a bit of pressure to make sure that the new bezel sticks. Place them all properly and gently by reversing the process.


Replacing a Seiko bezel insert requires accurate hands and simple knowledge of all the major parts of the timepiece. Nonetheless, it is still very doable if you have all the necessary tools. All you need is to prepare the essential stools and follow the instructions carefully—you’ll be left with a unique Seiko watch!

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