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The Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Insert

Nick Mankey posted a cool Do-it-yourself project to Reddit today: a custom, home-made bezel insert for his Vostok Amphibia ‘Scuba Dude’.

Using a lathe.

Looks like having access to a good lathe is absolutely necessary. He takes a raw puck of aluminum, drills out the center, then cuts in from the outer edge until it reaches the size needed.

Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Finished Blank

After using the lathe to machine a blank exactly the same size as the existing bezel insert, Nick then paints the insert black with some simple spray paint. I think the next step is the coolest:

Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Laser Cutting

Using a cheap laser cutter (something like this one) he etches the markings directly into the aluminum.

Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Clear Coat

And then just a bit of clear coat spray paint to finish off the insert.

Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Finished

Not too bad looking eh? If you’re curious about the numbering on the insert it’s designed to allow either timing by the minute or by the hour.

The full imgur gallery can be viewed here, and be sure to check out Nick’s website for more cool DIY projects.