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    Default I heard you GLUED your Rolex bracelet on - SAY WHAT!?

    Haha, yes I did. There are a couple reasons why one may want to do this. The first would be to improve the SELS. Keep in mind you are somewhat limited on how much you can lower the SELS between the lugs since lowering will increase the gap between the SEL and the bezel. Another reason would be if you wanted to use a bracelet that maybe had a great SEL fit but the spring bars didn't match up with the lug holes. I had both of these reasons in this project, so I proceeded with gusto.

    The subject watch was a BP 16570 Explorer 2. BP is about the only factory making these anymore, and apparently they bought a bunch of bad SEL bracelets. So what is their solution? One of the worst hatchet jobs I've ever seen on a SEL- look at these pics. One pass under the grinder should do it - BZZZT! - there ya go, recessed SELS!







    I used 30 minute Slow Cure Epoxy for this project, it's great for making adjustments. I really like the Bob Smith product (from Amazon).



    I started by cutting and shaping 2 pieces of 22 guage (.645mm) 316L wire. It's strong and retains its shape. I glued it to the notch in the case where the bottom SEL flange would normally sit.



    Then I taped everything off, which was really overkill but I imagined all manner of glue mess so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I packed some Rodico into the spring bar holes so the glue wouldn't run down there, and to make it easier to undo this arrangement on down the road if I decide to. Epoxy will soften and can be scraped away after being soaked in Acetone, so this is not an irreversible project.I used a tiny "cluster" brush to apply the glue. I put generous amounts down the spring bar gaps and let it ooze down then added more.



















    I turned it over expecting to see some oozing out, but there wasn't any. I adjusted the fit to best available, then taped it to a cabinet so gravity would help keep it in place. A tiny bit of glue did escape, I used alcohol on a clean brush to dilute it and dab it away to make cleanup easier. I let it set up for several hours, then did some more vigorous cleanup with alcohol, again while it was not fully cured and harder to remove.





    I'm pretty happy with the results. It's solid as a rock and looks so much better than it did. I could have gotten a little more recess maybe, but it's a tradeoff with the center link gap to the bezel, so find your happy medium.

















    Before



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    Since I used the Explorer movement and dial for another project, I stuck a GMT dial in this case.

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    love it

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    You have taken modding to the next level.
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    I won't do it as I don't trust myself with this glue but really.....good work bro.

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    Cannot argue with the madness.... or the results.

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    That is one of the strangest things I seen on the forum so far but really good work mate!

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    How does the expoxy hold up in the long term? I would be interested in trying this on the abysmal V7 SELs.

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    WtfI heard you GLUED your Rolex bracelet on - SAY WHAT!?
    Never thought of glueing a Bracelet on a watch.
    But way not if this works.
    That's are really bad SEL' s I think.
    Maybe a better bracelet or other SEL's will do the trick

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    Great job sir!

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    That is actually a good idea!


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