Tip & How-To about Watches

Replacing Battery Cap on Watches.

Watch covers can sometimes be tough to put back into place after replacing a battery. The caps are made to fit snuggly. This is especially true if the watch is water resistant.

WORD OF CAUTION: Because you've already opened the watch, it may no longer be water resistant. You may have also voided your warranty, so be careful.

Here are a couple of tips that might help.

Hold the watch at eye level and check that there is nothing protruding out of the watch like a tab, latch, or the battery. Be sure the battery is seated properly and the tiny latch (on some watches) is in place.

1. A small block of wood works best because it allows the edges of the watch with the band hinges to not be in the way. Cover the wood with a soft cloth like a sham cloth or felt. Place the block on a low table or on the floor. With the cap in place as evenly as you can hold it, carefully turn the watch face up and place it on the block. Then place the heel of your palm on the face of the watch, and place your other hand on top as though you were performing CPR. Now gently lean forward and allow the weight of your body to compress the cap into place.

2. If Number 1 didn't work, don't panic. Be happy, it means you're not heavy enough. So get someone heavier or stronger to help you.

3. You could remove a shoe and gently step down on it with your heel.

As a last resort only...use a heavily padded pair of pliers to squeeze it back into place.

I hope this helps

Posted by on

Watches Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do I put the back on the watch after replacing the battery?

Most are a press fit. If there is a u cut out of the cover for the stem, make sure it"s lined up with the stem. If there is any kind of groove on the back of the case to pry the cover off, look for it"s mate on the cover and line them up and press the cover on. If your watch has none of the mentioned, you can try to line up the cover with the case as best you can, then place the watch with back cover lined up with the case on a sturdy surface with the watch crystal up, press down on the watch with the palm of your hand with even pressure, the cover should snap shut.

Jun 13, 2010 | Watches

1 Answer

POD watch battery replacement. No problem removing back of the watch - (waterproof / 4 small screws), however the battery is held in place under a ''cage'' type of cover and not the usual single spring arm. The cage has 3 legs, 2 at one end & 1 at the other each with a very small screw. Can you offer advice on how to change out the battery ?? Steve.

Unscrew the screws holding that contact. Memorize where each screw was - they can be different in length. Fit new battery, put contact back in place and screw all screws back exactly where they were. After that you may need to shortcut battery's+ and AC point (marked on movement) for resetting your watch. Use tweezers to do that. Rate me, plz.

Feb 02, 2010 | Watches

1 Answer

moisture under lense

Moisture can sometimes be removed by putting your watch in a warm place and leaving there for a day or so.

If it persists, then it may be necessary to remove the back of the watch. This is usually best left to a jeweler, especially if it is a waterproof type, as the seals can be difficult to re-fit. If your watch is still under warranty, then you may invalidate the warranty if you try any self repairs.

Jan 12, 2010 | Watches

2 Answers

How do I put the back of the wrist watch on.

You probably need to go to a watch repair professional. Any business that replaces watch batteries should be able to help you. They have a special press designed to support the watch safely while they snap the back onto the case. This sometimes takes quie a bit of force and rqeuires that the watch case and back plate be perfectly aligned.

Sep 29, 2009 | Timex 1440 Nylon watch

2 Answers

Relic Wet watch

Like many other watches, the Relic Wet's battery can't be changed by the owner. It requires a Jeweler's wrench. Said wrench has prongs that fit into the 6 indentations on the back of the watch. The wrench is than used to unscrew the back plate, exposing the battery. Any reputable jewelry store will have one.

Apr 01, 2008 | Watches

Not finding what you are looking for?

4,082 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Watches Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18392 Answers

Jimmy Accardi

Level 2 Expert

101 Answers


Level 3 Expert

75822 Answers

Are you a Watch Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions