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Cannot re-close Bulova watch after replacing battery

Had no problems opening back with small screwdriver. Got replacement battery, but now the back will not close and seal no matter how much pressure I use. Have made sure that back slot matches with place for stem. Help.

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  • aplaberge Nov 28, 2008

    Popped the back at the pry point.
    Battery Tight, Second hand in wrong position (Fixed)
    Now the back wonk click closed.. Ideas?

  • lesphoto Dec 30, 2008

    Geez, plenty of folks with the problem, but no solutions yet. I'm thinking that there's a jewelers tool that presses the back onto the watch body. I'll keep looking for a solution.

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Not the answer I was hoping for, but apparently there is a "press" that jewelers use to reseal water resistent watches. There is a reference to it on this website: http://howtochangeawatchbattery.com/changing%20a%20watch%20battery%20page4.htm

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You defenately need a watch case opener.

It can be more than difficult to open a watch case with a sharp knive/screwdriver without destroying it.

A case opener can be the only solution.

Otherwise you'll have to bring your watch to a professional to get the battery replaced.

http://www.watchtools.co.uk/watchtools.html#opener

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How to open the back


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Determine the type of case back on the watch. Set the watch face down on a soft surface and look at the back. If it has slots, it is defined as a screw-back case. If it is smooth, it is defined as a snap-back case.
2

To open a screw-back watch, use the metal blade of a standard screwdriver to turn the slots counterclockwise. A case-back wrench, which can be purchased at watch-repair stores, can also be used. Set the metal tips of the wrench into the back's slots and turn it counterclockwise to open.
3

For a snap back case, place the metal blade of a standard screwdriver in the indent between the watch and the case. Gently apply pressure to lift the case up and off of the watch.
4

Close the case back by setting it back onto the watch. For snap-back cases, line up the indent on the side of the watch and press gently on the case back to close. For screw-back cases, use the screwdriver blade or case-back wrench to turn the slots clockwise, thereby closing the case shut.

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I cannot get the back of my Bulova watch back on. I popped it off to replace the battery however I cannot get the back back on!


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1. Take the Bulova watch to an experienced watch dealer/repaiman, to have the back applied, or

2. CAREFULLY MAKE SURE THE BACK IS IN THE PROPER POSITION, then WRAP THE ENTIRE watch with a soft, cushy clothe and with a pair of pliers, CAREFULLY apply pressure to the center of the back plate, until the back covers seats to the proper depth(closed), at the same time BEING VERY CAREFUL not to crack the watch crystal!!

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