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    The best watch Omega never made..?

    I treated my 2255.50 Electric Blue to one of Cousinsí new generic Seamaster bezel inserts. I think it looks pretty good. Iím almost certain Omega never made a 2254.50 in blue...




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    I actually prefer that look to the steel bezel
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Yeah me too. Big improvement

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    Agreed. I have often wondered why they didnít offer a blue bezel to match the blue dial, when they did offer a matching bezel for the black dial


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    That does look rather good. I may not have sold mine if I'd considered that combo.

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    That really is nice. Love the colour enjoy.

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    How did you remove the bezel? Iíve tried before with a tool form cousins and it didnít budge

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    IMG_0666.JPG I think this is the coolest Omega


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    That looks very nice

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    Sorry to say looks a bit off to me. Much prefer the original spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.chef View Post
    How did you remove the bezel? Iíve tried before with a tool form cousins and it didnít budge
    A carefully placed disposable scalpel blade inserted in the gap in between lugs (as to not damage the case shoulders l) followed by gentle manipulation with a case knife.

    I must admit I was weary of doing it myself as Iíd read that the classic SMP bezels were hard to shift without warping, but this one came off just fine.


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    Iíve been looking at the Cousins aftermarket inserts
    for my 2254 that has some scratches.
    The blue one looks pretty decent fit and quality.
    I may try this myself. (with a black one obvs)

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    That looks much better than the steel bezel veesion IMHO.

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    I have recently purchased a 2254.50 and it is a cracking watch.

    I really want to upgrade the dial to the 2530.50 (commonly known as non AC). Applied logo and indices per the PO style.

    Will see !

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    That looks loads better, the main reason i sold my 2255.80 was the fact the bezel picked up scratches easy
    IMG_2049.JPG


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    ^^^^
    Not that you will notice the scratches given the fact i posted the pic on my old ipad lol, oop's!


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Iíve been looking at the Cousins aftermarket inserts
    for my 2254 that has some scratches.
    The blue one looks pretty decent fit and quality.
    I may try this myself. (with a black one obvs)
    From my limited experience the Cousins inserts are very good. This one snapped straight in without glue and the dark blue matches the Electric Blue dial very nicely indeed - Iíll try and get some better pics tomorrow if I get a spare minute. Only the pearl looks a bit naff, but I can live with it.

    Omega are a bit greedy charging £220+ for a full replacement bezel and insert IMO. Even Rolex make life easier by supplying bezel inserts as a stand-alone purchase.


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    I like the watch, even though Iím not a fan of modifications this one looks right to me.

    As for the quality of the Cousins inserts, I tried one a couple of years back and I wasnít impressed. The colour was way off, and the painted finish looked as if it would chip and scrape off easily. The only good thing was the fit, it fitted well.

    I returned the watch to the owner with his original bezel ( which was very badly faded), Iíd serviced and refinished the watch but I was so unimpressed with the bezel insert I let him have it for free. Possibly the quality has improved, thereís certainly demand for an alternative to being fleeced by Omega for the original.

    Paul

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    Thank you for that input PJ and Paul.
    Paul, you and I have discussed these recently.
    Perhaps QC has been improved.
    May be worth a punt to confirm.
    PJís description of removal sounds straightforward with care !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt68 View Post
    That looks loads better, the main reason i sold my 2255.80 was the fact the bezel picked up scratches easy
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    You clearly didn’t realise that the polished 2255 bezel insert takes very well to a polish with a Cape Cod cloth and comes up perfect. It took me a few years to figure this out but now my 2255 looks mint. This is a big advantage the 2255/2265 has over the other models with coloured anodised inserts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Padders View Post
    You clearly didnít realise that the polished 2255 bezel insert takes very well to a polish with a Cape Cod cloth and comes up perfect. It took me a few years to figure this out but now my 2255 looks mint. This is a big advantage the 2255/2265 has over the other models with coloured anodised inserts
    +1.......Iíve refinished a few of these inserts and they do restore nicely. Re-doing the paint is the hatdest part.

    Once the insertsremoved it can be refinished easily. Wet and dry paper around a small hatdwood block removes the damage, then repolish and repaint. If the painted numerals are all OK itís possible to do this without damaging them but it requires care.

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Thank you for that input PJ and Paul.
    Paul, you and I have discussed these recently.
    Perhaps QC has been improved.
    May be worth a punt to confirm.
    PJís description of removal sounds straightforward with care !
    A couple more pics to show the colour match to that beautiful electric blue dial. Iíll try and get some outside shots over the weekend...


















    Not bad for £12 + postage


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    I like the colour combo but I am not a fan of the bezel lume pip, looks a little like something you would see on a bad fake :-(

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    I think that looks rather smart.

    I have a dilemma as I have a blue "bond" seamaster and the bezel is faded slightly (in a good way). But I lost the pearl. It is annoying and I don't want to replace the whole bezel as I like the original, but I'd like the pearl replaced.

    Would it be feasible to buy one of those inserts and transfer the pearl from the replacement bezel to the original? Anyone know if it'll fit?

    How is the pearl held in the insert??

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    Very nice indeed.
    With the steel bezel that is probably my least favourite seamaster, but with the blue it becomes my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjsayer View Post
    I treated my 2255.50 Electric Blue to one of Cousinsí new generic Seamaster bezel inserts. I think it looks pretty good. Iím almost certain Omega never made a 2254.50 in blue...


    That looks superb, better than the original in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frakius View Post
    I like the colour combo but I am not a fan of the bezel lume pip, looks a little like something you would see on a bad fake :-(

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    I absolutely agree - the pearl letís things down somewhat. But then for twelve quid you canít grumble too much I guess.

    Funnily enough Iíve somehow ended up with an old spare 2531.80 bezel with a faded insert in the watch box. If I get a spare half hour over the weekend (a chance would be a fine thing!) I might try and swap in the OEM pearl to the Cousins insert.

    That being said, I still think Omega missed a trick not releasing this combo. The dark blue bezel makes for a nice change and really makes the dial pop


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    The best watch Omega never made..?

    Quote Originally Posted by pjsayer View Post
    I treated my 2255.50 Electric Blue to one of Cousinsí new generic Seamaster bezel inserts. I think it looks pretty good. Iím almost certain Omega never made a 2254.50 in blue...




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    I like the speedy with the panda dial but this is stunning and love that bezel

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