Sorry to sound like a broken record, as I’ve already made this point a couple of times in the thread. Change it because it needs changing, not just because you can.
My Bremont has an internal bezel so I can't comment about their normal ceramic bezels.iain wrote: ↑Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:06 pm I’ve only owned tridents with the polished ceramic bezel, not the matt version. I have however owned a Bremont with a matt bezel. Can I ask those who own matt bezelled tridents how they hold up to marks?
My Bremont used to mark easily and comments on the Facebook Bremont pages suggest it’s quite a common issue. However it isn’t the bezel that scratches, it’s residue from whatever came into contact with it. However I found, as other Bremont owners have commented, that these marks wouldn’t easily come off and you had to live with it until it faded over time, by which point, other marks would have joined it meaning you never seem to have a clean bezel.
My theory is it’s the difference in finish at a microscopic level between brushed and polished. If you were to zoom in under a microscope, a brushed bezel would look like the surface of the moon compared to a much flatter polished surface. It’s therefore possible that it is these imperfections which house the debris, making it hard to rub off.
If the Trident brushed bezels hold up well then I’d vote for brushed, but if they show every single mark then I’d prefer a wipe clean polished finish every time.
Turns out I had. (sorry for the rubbish phone photos)timor54 wrote: ↑Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:11 pmThis is a close up of the Oris Aquis rubber strap slider mechanism (excuse the DNA, it's been worn a lot).StrappedUp wrote: ↑Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:24 pmYeh, and if I'm thinking correctly, it could be a strap that comes with multiple 'trimming' holes either side and be fitted to the bracelets ratcheting clasp. CW appear to like re-using parts where possible, so one clasp for all would suit.
I think that would work, wouldn't it?
The 'buckle' end of the strap is held into the deployant slider via two spring bars (red arrows). That end of the strap is also marked in segments that can be cut to length to position the clasp as required. Cutting off a segment is analogous to removing approximately a half link from a bracelet. This system works very well and is probably the most comfortable strap I've got on any watch.
The Trident bracelet has a similar slider end piece that connects the divers extension ratchet to the bracelet. This is attached via a spring bar so in principal a new slider to attach to the end of a rubber strap could be designed so that the existing deployant could be reused for a rubber strap.
However, the existing deployant is pretty slim which might make it impractical as the rubber strap would have to be no thicker than the existing bracelet; and this doesn't take into account what to do with the other end of the rubber strap (the end with buckle holes in it) which also has to attach to the deployant with the tail lying under it when closed!
All-in-all a daunting design task and probably best avoided by designing as new deployant!
Yes. I know it's fun to play with what ifs on the idea of a next version, but it cannot be too racially different from what made the Mk 3 such a great seller. Another thing to add with the idea of a tide bezel or matt bezel is that the Trident is CW's main diver of the lineup. It's made and sold to complete with the Oris Aquis, Longines Hydroconquest, Monta Oceanking, Ginault Ocean-Rover, etc. All of the the big sellers in those lines have shiny ceramic bezels. It's what the dive communty likes, so to just turn the Mk 4 into something away from that would not be a good idea. Now if some colors or versions have those bezels as an alternative than that's great! Just like a titanium model being a side option, variety is good for some people and will some well overall.