- Getting the back off a watch
If it’s a press fit back, can normally get in with a sharp knife and working around it. If its an un-screw type (couple of features around the edge) you can turn it by aralditing a lolly stick to the back and using it to turn. Easy enough to then clean araldite off after.Posted 5 years agoDrRSwankMember
If it is battery just go to a local jewellers and they them to crack the back off. The little indents in the nice piccie above are locators for the tool – it’s a screw back.
They’ll moan about water proofing and seals, but I’ve always said “don’t care” and asked them to just change the battery – hell it screws off and screws on fine!
A few quid plus a battery is what it should cost.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
If its not got the indents then it’s a push-on back, possibly with a little indent where a blunt knife blade can be inserted and twisted. That case opener above can be obtained from Maplins, along with the knife to open press-fit cases.Posted 5 years ago
Even if its a screw-on type, like the one in the photo, there’s no problem opening those; I’ve opened the back on my Seiko divers several times while regulating it, the important thing is to make sure that the O-ring is properly seated, and it’s given a light coating of silicon grease.billybouldersMember
As said above if there are no indents then its a snap on back. Look carefully around the edge there will either be a little indent in the case or a little tab on the actual back (or both) insert a knife in here and use it to pop the back off. Try to use a motion as if you are slicing the back off rather than lever it, if you distort the back at all it will not go on again. On better quality watches like seiko the back can be VERY tight and difficult to get off and even more difficult to put back on. If you do manage to get it off the button cell is usually a 362 in a SQ watch the new cell will cost around £1 -DO NOT touch the new battery with your fingers it will discharge it. There is a sprung bridge to make contact with the positive side of the battery you will need a fine screwdriver to back off the TINY (extremely easy to lose) screw. All in all a fiddly job during which it is extremely easy to damage the watch, damaging the coil when you are taking the back off, losing tiny little bits from inside, cracking the glass when re-fitting the back etc. etc. I have worked in the jewellery business for 23 years and have probably fitted thousands of watch batteries my advice would be get someone who knows what theyre doing to do it. We charge £5, if you are quoted more go somewhere else.
Mrs Mac does it for the price of the battery (£4.50.)
£ 4.50 is a good price for changing a battery but if that is what she pays for them then Mrs Mac needs to change her supplier – those cells are about 70p each (quality ones, cheap ones are even less) 😀Posted 5 years ago
£ 4.50 is a good price for changing a battery but if that is what she pays for them then Mrs Mac needs to change her supplier – those cells are about 70p each (quality ones, cheap ones are even less)
Yeah, meant to say that’s what you pay fitted or otherwise – it enourages folk to have them fitted in the shop and save the expense of broken parts later.
They’ve opened a Timpson nearby and apparently they are charging £12.Posted 5 years ago
I had new batery put in by local repairer on saturday,wore the watch (40th bday present) in shower sat night, wake up sunday to find this!???… Im ringing them up tomorrow to sort it….:/
Many watch repairers have to send off to reseal waterproof watches, they should advise you accordingly if they can’t do it in house.Posted 5 years ago
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