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I can't seem to remove the back casing on my Bulova watch in order to replace the battery.

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If you take a small scredriver (one that is used to repair eyeglasses) and run it gently around the rim of the back, you will feel a slight indentation where you can insert the screwdriver to open up the back. The battery is easily accesible but then it's tough to get the back back on!

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Its probably a screw on back that needs a special tool to open it. but even if you do open it you will not be able to seal it properly

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