Learn How to Open a snap off watch case back
with this Easy to Follow Guide
Opening a watch back is pretty easy, you just need to identify what kind of
watch case back you have and then get the right tools to open it. In this
article, we will be addressing how to open a watch case back that is a screw
down watch case back. You can tell that a watch case back is a screw down
case by looking at the back: if it has notches regularly placed on the case
back, that is an indication it is a screw down watch.
Watch Case Knife or a Bench Knife
Magnifier or Eye Loupe
#1) Before you start, you may need to remove the watch
band so that your tools can fit on the watch back. Read this article on
How to Remove your Watch Band for help.
#2) Take the watch case in your hand and find the notch
or tab that will help you pry the back off. It may just be a slight cut or
indentation so you might want to use an eye loupe or other magnifier to help
you find it.
#3) Once you have identified the indent or tab, turn the
watch case so it will be easily accessible and slide your bench knife's
blade under the tab with your other hand.
#4) Once the blade is in place, use it like a lever to
pop the back open. Gently push the handle away from the watch back by
slightly twisting your wrist away from the case back. Use a little downward
pressure to help you get under the watch case tab.
Be careful not to let the blade slip because it might scratch the watch
case or worse, damage the delicate movement inside.
With your efforts, the back should easily pop off the watch, and when it
does you can lift it off with your fingers. Now you are ready work on the
inside of the watch. When your repair work is completed, check out
How to Close a Snap Off Case Back to close the watch.
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