Question about Avalon Medana Gold-Tone Open Face Railroad Pocket Watch with Chain, # 4022

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How do I open a medana pocket watch?

Children's clip on model.
I found this watch in the couch yesterday and it's not working. I don't know if it needs a battery or if it is a wind up watch that has been stripped. I can't find any seams in the case and don't know how to open up the watch to take a look inside.

Is it normally a wind up watch or does it need a battery?

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First -let's check out what type of watch you have. If you push the crown in and it turns freely back and forth with no resistance at all - this is battery driven watch.
If you do the same and feel and hear some clicking and resistance- this is mechanical (spring driven) watch.
Next - the case: Usually all pocket watches have snap-on casebacks. Take an eyeglass and examine the case. Even if you think there is no any grooves or gaps- try to pry it using watchmakers caseback opener (about $5 on ebay).
In case if there are no chance to open caseback - that means you have one of the cases assemblad watch glass fitted last and that means you have to take glass out first and then only to get to the movement.
As you will not be able to get the glass out without braking it, the only solution will be to visit your nearest watchmakers shop and ask for help.

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