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Assembling the Bulova Astronaut 214 bezel

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Hi all. I am just in the process of assembling this astro bezel and I think I have the order of assembly correct:

B (the wavy ring) is firstly placed into D (the bezel ring) and then then A (wavy washer hold down ring) followed by C (the lock ring). The tricky part seems to be getting the lock ring firmly under the small bezel lip.  I don't want to do any damage, so is there a way to attach the lock ring other than just forcing it? 


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Okay, here is where I am.

I have the order of assembly but the problem is that the final lock ring to hold down the wavy washer ring just wont seat and hold. I think though I have the order, there are some subtleties I have observed in the machining of the parts which suggest a particular way to position the parts. I have tried the combinations but still no luck.


So, the wavy washer is placed into the underside of the 24 hour GMT bezel


followed by the wavy washer lock down ring

and on top of that hold down ring the lock ring itself.


The lock down ring has a small sleeve/lip which I believe fits under the lip in the bezel.



In regards to what part of the wavy washer hold down ring faces up or down, that is, sits over the crystal to friction fit it in place I am not sure.



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