Maintaining Smooth Bezel Operation in Your Customised Seiko Watch

In the intricate world of Seiko watch customization, the precision with which each component operates is paramount. Among these, the bezel’s functionality is not just for aesthetic appeal but serves as a critical tool for time measurement and more. This guide focuses on a crucial aspect often overlooked in the care of modded Seiko watches: lubricating the metal bezel underside ratchet track. Proper maintenance here is key to ensuring the bezel’s smooth operation and the watch’s overall longevity.

Understanding the Bezel’s Ratchet Mechanism

At the core of a Seiko watch’s bezel is a ratchet mechanism, enabling the bezel to click into place with each rotation. This system depends on a spring-loaded click engaging with a track underneath the bezel. It’s this interaction that provides the tactile and auditory feedback we associate with a high-quality watch.

The Importance of Lubrication

Why lubricate? The benefits are clear:

  • Reduced Friction: Lubrication lowers friction between the bezel track and the spring fingers, ensuring fluid and crisp movement.
  • Prevention of Wear and Tear: It also reduces the rate at which the spring fingers wear down, extending their service life.
  • Corrosion Protection: The right lubricant forms a barrier against moisture and dirt.
  • Optimal Functionality: Ensuring the mechanism works as designed, for everything from timing dives to marking specific intervals.

Selecting the Right Lubricant

The choice of lubricant is crucial. It must be robust, suitable for the watch’s environment, chemically inert with the watch materials, and of the right consistency. Too thick, and it may gum up the works; too thin, and it might not last. We will soon introduce a special lubricate specially used for our bezels.

Step-by-Step Lubrication Guide

The following steps, supplemented with illustrative pictures for clarity, guide you through the lubrication process:

1. Disassembly

Carefully remove the bezel from the watch case. The method varies by model but the most common method involves using a thin blade to lever loose the bezel. Please also refer to specific instructions or consult us if in doubt.

2. Cleaning

Clean the bezel and ratchet track, removing old lubricant, dirt, and grime to prepare for fresh lubricant. A soft cloth and appropriate cleaner/clean petrol will ensure a clean surface without damaging the bezel.

3. Application

Apply a modest amount of lubricant evenly along the track. Precision tools help in applying just enough lubricant without overdoing it. Also introduce two little drop on to the bezel click spring fingers.

4. Reassembly

Reattach the bezel to the watch case, ensuring it snaps back correctly. Test the bezel’s movement to confirm smooth operation.


Lubricating the bezel ratchet track is a vital step in maintaining the performance and longevity of your customized Seiko watch. This practice ensures that the bezel’s action remains precise and smooth, enhancing your watch’s functionality and enjoyment. Regular maintenance, guided by these steps, will keep your Seiko in top condition, ready to accurately mark time whenever you need it.

Additional Tips: Work in a clean area with the right tools. Depending on use and exposure, periodic maintenance may be necessary to maintain optimal bezel performance.

Dedicated care and attention to your customized Seiko watch will ensure it remains a reliable, cherished accessory for all the moments ahead.

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