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Re: how do you open Vintage Men's Omega Deville Wrist...
That means you have a monoblock case and this can be opened using a special pump and forcing the air into the case through the tube (where the stem is inserted into the movement). When forced in, the air pressure builds up in the case and lifts up the watch glass. It is quite tricky operation and need skilled watchmakers hands and tools. When I first used this metod, air pressure was so strong, that it shot out the glass from the case together with the movement and all the watch bits flew over the place, ending with damaged fingers, scratched dial and broken balance staff, so, I had to buy them and replace. My advice is to go to your nearest watch repair shop and ask for help, as you wont be able to open your watch without proper tools or you will damage or brake watch glass.
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If the back of your watch is completely smooth, the odds are that it has a snap-fit case. Screw-back wristwatch cases generally have small indentations in the case back into which you fit a case wrench. Rolexes have an elaborately ridged edge to their case backs and take a special wrench. A few early water-resistant watches have little screws that hold the front and back of the case together, but these are usually quite obvious, and you didn't mention them in your description.
Most "fancy" ladies watches of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, had snap-back cases. To open one of these without damaging the case, I recommend gently working a decent quality case knife into the crack where the case back joins the case and gently levering up. If the case is really snug, you may need to do this in a few places to gradually pry apart the case halves. Often, the best place to do this is at the lugs, because they offer a leveraging point. I don't recommend doing this with a sharp knife blade, as the resistance from the case will probably damage the knife edge, and if the knife slips, it can easily scratch the case. If you don't have a case knife, try using the rounded edge of a butter or table knife. Do not use a flathead screwdriver blade, as the short width of that tool can easily place so much pressure on a small section of the case that it deforms and can never be made to look good again.
Usually you would need a watchmakers press for closing the watch back. Without proper tools it is quite difficult, but you can try the following.
Take a leather belt and lay it flush on an even, solid surface (stable table will do).
Undo the strap (both ends) from watch case by pushing spring bars inwards with pen knife.
Lay the watch crystal face down on the leather belt. Belt must be wider than watch itself and the leather must be quite hard and even, not soft.
Find the small groove on watch case back and align it very carefully to the watch's winding stem, so, the stem goes directly in the middle in protrusion. Slightly push the case back into the watch case at that groove point and gradually apply pressure with fingers going all way around the case back. Use your body weight if needed. You should hear "click" sound when the case back jumps in to place.
If this does not work, there is no other way, but to go and see watchmaker.
Hope it will work for you.
I will assume this is an automatic. In which case it sounds like the mainspring has broken. You will need to get a qualified watchmaker to fix that. There can be other reasons (blocked wheels etc) but this is the most common to cause the symptom you describe.
mcdevito75 here, Your Timex may have 4 small screws holding the back onto the watch, if so you"ll need jewelers screwdrivers available on ebay to open the back of your Timex, however this is rare with timex, look for a small tab or a cutout on the back cover that matched the same in the case, if you need to use a magnifier glass available at most Dollar stores or drugstores. Once you find this tab / cutout, use a steak knife under that tab or in that cutout and pry the back cover off the watch, Be firm with the prying but at the same time use care not to hurt your watch or hand.
mcdevito75 here, Omega, outstanding watch, and a Deville REAL NICE, Depending on it"s age and the functions it has I would guess, $225.00---------$275.00 or even more. The Seamasters are the REAL expensive Omegas. Look for a small watch repair shop in your area for further help.
The only way to find out what model of Omega you actually own is to open it. This should have been done by whoever you already brought it to. Omega only prints their model #'s on the movement inside the watch. If you open the watch, look on the movement, you'll know what model you own.
I would recomend taking it to an independent watchmaker. It should only be $15, $30 to make the change.
Most bezels are pressure fit. Using a small jewelers knife to pry the bezel from the case is how most bezels are removed.
My friend is a watch maker and he has a special tool that removes the bezel however he told me he only uses it when he has customers watching. Because the old knife looks pretty brutial, but works better.