Question about Timex 40131 Wristwatch

3 Answers

Back of watch won't snap back on

I replaced the battery but can not get the back to snap back into place

Posted by on


3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 8 Answers

That is a common problem...

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

  • duane
    duane Sep 02, 2014

    I used a vise, sandwiched between computer mouse pad and plastic bottle cap. As the vise tightened then the cap was flush on one side and the other side not snapped in. Then I took a pair of angle pliers and with the slightest amount of plyer pressure it snapped in.


  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

You are much better off investing in a watch case press. These are simple to usee and can be adapted to all sIves of watch.

Posted on Aug 21, 2017

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I used the end of a rubber mallet mallet handle- round & flat. Pressure applied from opposite side of where you opened it towards that opening point.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015

6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: HELP !! can't snap armitron watch cover back on

Make sure the cutout of the stem is alligned properly and also start opposit of the point you pryed it open.

Posted on Sep 07, 2008

  • 2334 Answers

SOURCE: Cannot get the cover back on Fossil watch after changing battery

First open your bracelet. Then align groove in caseback with crown and press that side lightly into the case. Then using both hands(one from dial side, another from back) press as strong as you can.
If this do not work:
Get mens leather belt and place it on flat surface(table top). Lay the watch face down on that belt. Again adjust caseback as before and using your weight push caseback down with both hands.
NEVER use hammer or similar.
If none of these works- go and see your nearest watchmaker.

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

  • 2501 Answers

SOURCE: The back doesn't seem to want to snap back in

Try a very small dab of a very light lubrican on the sealing edges.

If you haven't already tried it, press the edge of the watch back using two fingers and move them appart until they meet again.

Season with a lot of parience... good luck!

Posted on Apr 20, 2010

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: watch battery replacement

I used a modification of the vise solution. I put a plastic bottle screw cap on either side of the watch (bottle side in) and tightened the vise. I heard a satisfying "pop" and I am on my way. Fred

Posted on Oct 07, 2007

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: Replaced battery in my Burberry watch, back cover won't snap on

I have the same problem. Did you guys find how to do it? Please let me know. M

Posted on Sep 03, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Kaleido. How do I reinstall back?

The notch allows clearance for the stem so the rear should be positioned accordingly. Place the watch face down on a soft surface such as a towel. Position the rear with the notch centered around the stem and press it down with your thumb(s) to start seating. Use your jeweler's hammer (or equivalent) to tap the rear until it seats evenly.

Enjoy your revitalized watch!

Jan 28, 2016 | Fossil Watches

1 Answer

How to re-close the back plate on a Dakota time/date warch?

Some of these watches have a notch where the stem goes. If you don't have the back in place it will not snap back into place. Also some are a slight screw back and will snap off, but when putting them back you must kind of screw it back in place. Good luck.

Jan 28, 2015 | Dakota Watches

1 Answer

I cannot replace the back of a timex 1854 watch. I replaced the battery but the back won't click on

I used a four inch "C" clamp and a large washer about diameter of back, to get my Timex back snapped back on. Place the watch face side down on a flat surface cushioning the crystal with soft rubbery material like shelf liner or anti skid material used under rugs (the kind used to also line tool chest drawers - black). Place the washer between the watch back plate and the "C" clamp screw plate. Align the back plate of the Timex as evenly on watch as possible while gradually tightening the "C" clamp. Keep turning down the "C" clamp ever so slowly until you hear the plate snap back on.

Jun 28, 2011 | Watches

1 Answer

Changed brighton watch battery. The back will not snap back on

To be properly replaced, many friction backs cannot be snapped back in place without using a crystal press.

I recommend visiting your local Certified Master Horologist to clean the connections of the battery and install a premium Energizer silver oxide battery that will not leak. We emphasize these batteries because many other brands leak and ruin movements, costing 100.00+ in repair or replacement many times.

Many jewelry stores may also own a crystal press if it may be more convenient for you to visit them, but remember that they are not necessarily watch professionals, and if the caseback is improperly installed, your stem (which sets your watch) or your crystal may break.

Feb 25, 2011 | Watches

1 Answer

Havde a bulova mens quartz with a snap on back. removed back and replaced battery. lined notch for stem but I can not get the back to snap back on no matter what I do. what do you suggest.

Try this method:-

place the watch on a flat surface (putting a cloth under it to avoidd scratching the face), place both thumbs on the back of the watch opposite the the notch.

Lean on your thumbs and work them around the edge until you reach the notch point and then increase the force until the back clicks into place.

Try this two or three times and if you still cannot get the back to click into place, then I suggest that you take it to a Boluva dealer (which I'm sure will cost you!) but it could be that a special press is needed to put it back on.

Good luck!

Dec 06, 2010 | Watches

1 Answer

The back cover does not snap in place after battery change

Look at the back and you may see a small groove in the bezel. This should be located over the winder before pressing the back into position.

In many cases the back is snapped down using a rolling technique (put the back in place and then push against a hard object like a kitchen worktop and as you push, roll the edge round until it snaps into place) but in some cases with particulaly stubborn cases you will need to use a specially designed back press (available on eBay quite cheap).

Watchmakers will usually use professional equipment to get the job done.

Sep 23, 2010 | Watches

1 Answer

My battery wend dead. the store will not open the back of the watch to change it. how do i open the back to change the battery?

Thank you for contacting FixYa.
Most Skagen watches have a snap-in, snap-out back. You will need a case back opening tool ($3 to $14) or a slotted jeweler's screw driver or knife blade to pry it open. Do this over a counter or towel in case the battery pops out. Examine and make note of which side of the battery is up. Get the number off the battery, better yet take it with you to Wal-Mart, Radio Shack or anywere else they sell batteries. Buy a replacement, install it, and try to reinstall the back. Good luck!
Do not try placing your Skagen watch face down on a soft towel, on a hard surface, and then then try to mussle in the back, or tap it with a mall or hammer. You very likely will break the crystal.
Without a Case Closing Plier ($15 to $20) or a Case Closing Press ($15 to $50) you will not be able to get the back to snap back in. You could try a conventional vise and size some vinyl or plastic washer to to fit the bezel and protect the crystal/face of the watch, and some flat vinyl/plastic that covers the back of the watch. Align the front and back plastic pieces with the back, carefully insert it in your vice, and tighten until the back snaps in. This could be fatal if you mess up!
A simpler solution is to take your watch to a place that specializes in selling and servicing a variety of watches, hopefull Skagens, maybe a jewelry store, and have them replace the battery. They should have the closing tool and you can expect to pay $10 to $15 for the battery and installation.
If you like Skagens, you can go on-line and find the appropriate tools to do this. Or, pay the watch store. Many Skagens use up batteries at the rate of every 10 to 15 months. Also, you can look up Skagen on line and see if they will service your watch. They are located in Reno, Nevada

Aug 28, 2010 | Skagen 358XSSLPD Wrist Watch

3 Answers

Expedition WR50M

I had the same problem. The thing that was most frustrating is that I have a standard tool to remove and install screw in watch backs, but Timex in its infintie wisdom, decided to make this model withta snap-in back.

I tired usinga a set of adjustable locking pliers with rubber claw covers. I tried holding one side with finger and thumb while using the pliers on the other to no avail.

robatbath's answer about jewelers having a special press led me to a solution. I just happened to have (2) 1.25" steel washers with 1/4 inch holes. I placed one on the face and one on the back. This way I could use the locking pliers (with rubber covers on) to press in the center of each side. The back snapped in fine. You can get washers and pliers at any hardware store.

Aug 09, 2008 | Timex Expedition 40141 Wristwatch

1 Answer

Skagen ladies watch

izzi, I assume you have a snap back back that won't snap back in place. I had the same problem with a Timex EXpedition. The solution should be similar. See my post" and also the site I reference there. Good luck, Richard

Sep 26, 2007 | Skagen 355LGSC Wrist Watch

Not finding what you are looking for?
Timex 40131 Wristwatch Logo

16,639 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Timex Watches Experts

Ansel Alberto
Ansel Alberto

Level 2 Expert

248 Answers

Mark Schmit
Mark Schmit

Level 3 Expert

1915 Answers


Level 1 Expert

13 Answers

Are you a Timex Watch Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides