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Back of watch won't snap back on

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

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That is a common problem...

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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