Disassembling/Reassembling an AP ROO – Quick tutorial

After I had my AP ROO Black Themes for about a week I was able to scratch the well finished bezel.

I tried a couple of different options to fix this (pen from APBands and using 2000 grit paper) but the result was not the same. The only option left was to replace the bezel. Fortunately I was able to secure a new bezel from my dealer and using Archimedes post as a guide I went ahead with the replacement.

I had a few challenges trying to follow the process because a few details were missing and of course I don’t have the specialized AP tool to remove the lugs on the bezel screws. The AP ROO has a very intricate construction and I’m impressed with the capacity of the factories to replicate this.

I’m no expert so this is a tutorial written so a beginner can do it. So please forgive me if some of the remarks are common knowledge. I have posted a similar version on another board and I thought it would help some folks here.

Step 1: Remove the caseback.

Easy step just remove all screws.

and the back with the gasket come right out.

One thing I noticed is that this gasket probably needs some grease. As we going to see this model is very intricate with a total of 17 different size gaskets. I decided to lubricate all of them just to be safe since the potential for water or moisture to get inside is high with some many points of entry.

Step 2: Remove the internal slugs from the bezel screws

After you remove the caseback you can see there bezel screws go all the way thru the case.

You can notice also the nice engraved rotor. It’s amazing the lengths those factories go to make these high end pieces.

Now here’s where the fun begins. You can see in the next picture that these screws are held by some very small lugs inside the case.

Archimedes was able to share the specialized tool that AP has to remove these. Of course I don’t have access to it. However these slugs are nothing a fine point heavy duty tweezers won’t fix. Make sure to use heavy duty ones since the points will bend if the tweezers are not strong enough.

With a some patience and lot of care the lugs can be removed.

Remove all 8 lugs and keep them in a safe place. They are very small and easy to lose in your carpet. I’m not sure if/where one could get a replacement for those.

Step 3: Remove the bezel screws

Push the screws from the back and remove one by one. Be careful with the washers.

If you want your ROO to be water resistant make sure to grease the washers when reassembling the watch.

Step 4: Remove the crystal

If you are replacing the bezel you will need to transplant the crystal. If you are just refinishing it it would be safer to do so as well.

If you have a press this will be a lot easier. I don’t so thumbs were used. Press from the outside and pop the crystal out. Putting it back in was a lot harder.

Make sure the crystal is flush with the upper surface of the bezel. If the crystal is not mounted correctly you might have problems with leaks.

Step 5: Reassembling the bezel

One thing I noticed is that if you are not careful the washers may get in the way when you try to push the bezel screws back in

So after greasing all the washers I decided to put them in first carefully with the tweezers.

Then reassembled the top part of the case.

Make sure you align the bezel screws in the original circle pattern. I was a little confused on how to position the screws until I saw the picture of the original fully assembled watch.

Grease the caseback gasket, replace the back lugs and you are done.

Optional Step: Greasing the crown and chrono pushers gaskets

Since I had the watch open and had done the hardest part of this process (removing the bezel to grease the main gasket underneath the bezel) I decided it would be a good idea to grease all of them.

As I mentioned previously there are 17 gaskets in this watch:

  1. A main one between the bezel and case
  2. A large one on the caseback
  3. 8 small washers on the bezel screws
  4. 3 on the screw in crown
  5. 2 on each chrono pusher

At this point I had work on all but the crown/pushers gaskets. So I decided to go for broke and make sure the crown/pushers gaskets were in order too. I must say that wasn’t such a simple task (at least for me).

Number one, you need to remove the crown/stem. This is a modified 7750 so make sure the crown is in the first position (winding) before you push the button to release the stem. Search the forum for specific instructions on how to do this with a 7750. Needless to say I didn’t do this and now I can’t reinsert the stem. Since this watch is going to Vac for lume and service I’m not too concerned at this point.

After you remove the crown, remove the two small screws securing the movement to the case. Be careful with those, they are very small and have an incredible tendency to jump out of the tweezers into the carpet where they go to die.

Put the movement on the holder and let’s work on the pushers.

To remove the pushers just unscrew and remove them.

I noticed an interesting detail that I also found on a review by Archimedes at RWG. The bottom pusher is machined. Not just the top of the screw but the surroundings as well. I’m not really sure why but just to be sure I took pictures and made sure to line up the screw exactly as I found it.

The top pusher came out complete with the spring, washer and gaskets all in place. The bottom one came apart (again seems to be the same with Archimedes’ review). It may be related to the construction of this specific one.

Reassembling the pusher wasn’t so easy since the gaskets are very very small and they did have grease coming from the factory. Again the tweezers were very useful.

Once I had all the gaskets greased it was time to put all back together. Put the screws back in the hole, put the pushers in and screw them. Make sure to align the beveled part of the bottom pusher like it was before. I’m not 100% that’s necessary but better safe then sorry.

I hope this tutorial is useful for others. I’ll update it when I have more information on how to fix the crown issue.


One thing that I noticed during this exercise is how easy it is for those tiny little pieces to try and fly away. Fortunately this was my setup.

In reality this is a low budget lightbox but it was very helpful since when the little washers and screws went flying they bumped on the walls and fell on the felt where they stayed put.

It also provided very good light for work since it was setup for my pictures.

Just thought the tip would be useful.


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Piaget now gives the impression of luxury jewelry watches

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Elizabeth Taylor Collection auction world tour

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OMEGA Replica Seamaster 300 Watch

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The Top 10 Lies about Replica Watches

Never really posted this list here, but this was the 2nd replica watch board I found, so here it is. Whatever good it can do.

Most of us arrived here with minds polluted by scam sites and scam “review” sites: all peddlers of lies and deception.

In an effort to help cleanse the noobs’ minds of this filth, I propose the following 10 common and devious lies and misconceptions
about replica watches, and the business of manufacturing and selling replica watches.

Lie #1: The best replica watches are made in Switzerland, followed closely by Italy.

— This is the biggest lie of all. All replica watches are made somewhere in Asia, mostly China. Saying that replicas are made in Switzerland or Italy is a lie intended to extract more money from the ignorant.

Lie #2: Replica watches are graded according to quality. C (or whatever) is the lowest and AAA+++ (or whatever) is the highest.

— Who decides what is “C” and what is “A”? The “International Replica Watch Governing Board”? Pure nonsense designed, again, to get more of your dollars.

Lie #3: The movements in “Swiss made” replicas are identical to the genuine watch movements. 27 jewel movements are the best.

— (See Lie #1 for “Swiss made”.) Far from the truth. Very few replica watch movements come from anywhere but China and any watchman can immediately tell it’s not genuine. There are no Asian 27 jewels movements in replica watches; only 25, 21, or 17. (Some newer replicas are powered by an ETA 7753, which does have 27J.)

Lie #4: The best replicas are 99% true to the genuine and will even fool an Authorized Dealer (AD).

— Not true. While some may be close (picking a number is impossible) to the genuine, all replicas are flawed. Do you really think you can spend $200 or less and get a watch that’s 99% identical to a $4,000-20,000 watch? As for fooling ADs, maybe. Common clerks are easily fooled, but seasoned ADs, upon close inspection, will know it’s a replica.

Lie #5: The gold on “Swiss grade” replicas is much higher than on other replicas. The crown, bezel, and mid links are solid gold and the full-gold replicas are 5-wrapped (or 6-wrapped, or whatever).

— While a few models have been shown to have solid gold mid links (Rolex replicas), the rest of the watch is gold plated or double or triple wrapped gold. (“Search” for threads on how this is done.)

Lie #6: The best Rolex replicas are made with 904L grade steel.

— Big fat lie. Good replicas are made with 316L quality steel. Rolex is one of the few companies that use 904L steel and it costs 3 times as much as 316L. Replicas are not made with 440 steel, either.

Lie #7: Buying a replica watch is risky, but not if you use sellers from “Replica Review” sites.

— What most people don’t know is the “review” sites are owned and operated by the people who run the sites they recommend–it’s very incestuous. These “review” sites are clever and it’s easy to get taken in by their lies.

Lie #8: You can tell you’re getting a good watch after a thorough examination of the web site.

— Please. If you think everything displayed on the web is true, you deserve to be fleeced. Scam sites lie about everything, from the quality of their goods to their pledge to make sure every customer is happy. Many even post pictures of genuine watches, (Look for pictures where the watch hands are set at “10:10.” Pictures of genuine watches seen in advertisements are always set to “10:10.”) but send you junk.

Lie #9: Picking a good seller will always result in getting a good watch, one I won’t have trouble with.

— We wish. Quality control in replica watch factories is hit-and-miss, but mostly shoddy. One batch may be great while the next produces watches that are DOA. (Remember, making replica watches is illegal, even in China. Replica watch “factories” are usually small operations that can be easily moved or hidden from prying authorities.) What is true, though, is a good dealer will want to protect his/her reputation and will fix whatever is wrong.

Lie #10: Paying by COD is the best way to get the cheapest price. Plus, I can examine my watch before paying the courier to make sure I get what I paid for.

— A really dumb thing to do and a huge red flag that you’re dealing with a true scammer. They want cash because they know you’ll scream foul to your credit card company the moment you see the junk you just paid $1,000 for.

One final point. Remember, replica watches are counterfeit goods. While it is not illegal to purchase or possess replica watches in most countries, it is illegal to sell them. Keep this in mind when using PayPal or communicating with credit card companies.