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How to change my battery on my fossil watch?

No store around where I live will change the battery. They have the battery, but won't remove the back to change it. My husband has a new fossil so the back was easy to get off but I can't part with my old blue face (it was one of the last that fossil made that still had a light built in) and we can't figure out how to remove the back to even see what type battery it is, much less replace it. Then, what website can I order new batteries from

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When you look at the back are there three small rectangular indents evenly spaced on the edge on the back? If so you'll need a special tool for opening waterproof watches. the tool adjusts to fit the three indents then press down as you turn counterclockwise. you can find the tool on amazon.com or your local jewelry store. make sure the gasket is in place and not damaged before screwing the back on.

here is a link to the tool
http://www.amazon.com/Pavilion-Professional-Waterproof-Adjustments-Caseback/dp/B000K3SK0Y

the type f battery will be written on the battery and you can usually find them at a drug store, hardware store or jewelry store that sells watches.

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