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Phillipe Stark PH1079 watch - Can't get back off to replace bat

We purchased the watch in Italy in 2006. After two years of good service it needs a new battery.  We have taken it to 5 different jewelers and none are able to rotate the stainless steel back plate to access the inside of the watch.  Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • kath105 Jan 15, 2009

    I have been to both jewelers and watchmakers.


    Since posting it has been suggested to me that the watch back may be pressurized, which is why it wont come off and therefore needs to be returned to the manufacturer's service centre to have the back removed by a special machine.  The battery could then be changed and the watch re-pressurized.

  • paroncider Jan 31, 2009

    I also have a starck negative display watch. A jeweler tried replacing the batteries but also said they couldn't be replaced and just gave the watch back to me.

    Now, a few months later, I've now opened the watch to find that the jeweler didn't leave the old batteries in the watch! I've referred to the manual, and that doesn't state which model batteries to use when replacing them.

    Can anyone help?

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There is nothing wrong with your watch. The problem is in tools the jewellers are using for opening the watch.
Despite being under one roof, watchmaking and jewellery are completely different trades and are miles apart. Jewellers usually are equipped with very basic watch repair tools and the case openers are no exeption.
You have to find your nearest watch repair shop and ask for watchmaker, not jeweller. Any decent watchmaker will have the right tool to open your watch and replace the battery in a matter of minutes.
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