Omega Seamaster 300 Replacement Bezel Inserts

Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 with Aldo replacement bezel insert

Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 with Aldo replacement bezel insert

For quite some time a challenge for collectors of early Omega Seamaster 300 models (see Bill Sohne’s Seamaster 300: A History for a great quick overview of the SM300) has been the bezel inserts on some of the earliest models. The inserts were originally made of an early plastic material called bakelite which was brittle to begin with and gets increasingly brittle with age. Many makers in the period including Rolex and Omega used bakelite for bezel inserts until it was eventually replaced by more suitable and durable materials like acrylic or metals. Collectors often find such watches with the bakelite bezel inserts in poor condition. They’re often cracked, broken, missing large pieces or just missing altogether, and examples with intact original bezels can often fetch enormous premiums.

Omega Seamaster 300 with original bakelite bezel insert.  Photo: "reficul_x"

Omega Seamaster 300 with original bakelite bezel insert. Photo: "reficul_x"

Previously Seamaster 300 collectors often had little remedy for dealing with broken or missing inserts, as the Omega factory has not had any stock of these for quite a long while, owing not only to the model age but that their relative fragility had led to a strong demand for replacements over the years. A few years back there was a DIY “recipe” in the forums for creating home-grown replacements using things like successive layers of tinted epoxy and number decals borrowed from model railroad applications, a technique that often met with mixed results.

Recently watchmaker and military watch enthusiast Aldo of Italy has started offering his own quality replacement bezel inserts for various early Omega Seamaster 300 models. They seem of very faithful reproductions of the originals and come in several variants, including the “countdown” bezel included on some of the earliest CK 2913 Seamasters.

Omega Seamaster 300 CK 2913 replacment bezel insert by Aldo with "Countdown" markings.  Photo: Aldo

Omega Seamaster 300 CK 2913 replacment bezel insert offered by Aldo with "Countdown" markings. Photo: Aldo

So if you’ve come across an early Seamaster 300 and need a bezel insert,  Aldo’s replacements are an option well worth considering.

Link:  The Milwatchmaker

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By Rrryan on 23 October 2009 · Posted in Omega Watches, Vintage Watches

12 Comments | Post Comment

EvenNeve says:

I m one of Aldos very happy customers. He made a perfect replica bezel insert for my 14755. Can vouch fro his work, its sublime.

Posted on October 31st, 2009

Cris says:

Aldo, is not only a good friend, but is “the watchmaker” at all, a real “Master”.
He work with a passion and a knowledge that rarely I have find.

Many of my “tired” Speedmasters are now again on track.

Definitely, a man that will bring your watch in his hand and can give him a new life…

Posted on January 9th, 2010

Chilsder says:

who is this Aldo? I ve an original CK 14755 without bezel… and in Omega they dont replace it…
can you give me his address please?

Posted on January 30th, 2010

Rrryan says:

As mentioned above: http://www.milwatchmaker.com/contatti.php

Posted on January 30th, 2010

Chilsder says:

Thank you very much for the answer, i ll contact him!

Posted on February 1st, 2010

Trond says:

I just got my SM 300 14755-bezel back from Aldo. The insert is perfectly restored. Thank you!

Posted on March 11th, 2010

Barbara Hinchey says:

Had bezel insert restored for my vintage omega 300 seamaster, absolutley wounderful
looks great would recommend Aldo to any Omega watch owner. Communication was
fantastic and very prompt.
Well done Aldo

Posted on April 8th, 2010

dassault says:

hello Aldos.
i am french: wath is your price (money) for make a bezel of seamaster 300 14755.
thank regard.

Posted on January 23rd, 2011

juan hernandez says:

What is the price Omega Seamaster 300 CK 2913 replacment bezel insert ?.
Thanks.

Posted on March 14th, 2011

George Roxton says:

I have a scratch on my Omega Seamaster blue BEZEL. SS ring is O’K – just the blue insert.
How can I buy it? – I don’t want to buy any fakes from many offers on internet. I have many fine tools, so I will replace this insert by myself. I prefer buying by personal check if possible.

Posted on March 20th, 2011

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Posted on May 7th, 2011

juanito says:

hi,
where can I get in touch with aldo to buy the bezel? would appreciate your help. thanks.

Posted on September 15th, 2013