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Can't get the back plate of a Timex Indiglo WR30M watch back on

Change the battery but can't see, to get the back plate back on the watch - Timex Indiglo WR30 M?

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It is either a screw on case back or a "snap-on. I suspect that it is the latter since you don't mention that you used a tool to unscrew the case back. So getting the back on sometimes is very difficult. I have a special tool for that to apply even pressue and the necessary force and does not put pressure on the crystal. You have to be careful to not damage the crystal. If you don't get it done, then suggest you take it to a shop that has the right tool. If you have very strong thumbs you might get it done.

Posted on Dec 06, 2009

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To open watch case, hold back of watch up with arrow pointer on the back plate pointing to the right. There is a pry point on the upper edge where you will see a small arrow pointing. Use a small flat end screw driver to pry the watch case open. Be sure to replace the back the same way with the arrow pointing away from the setting knob.
Take a 1-1/4 inch paddle bit and drill a hole in a 1-3/4 inch wide piece of wood about 1/8 inch deep. Then take another piece of wood about 2 inches long by 3/4 inch thick by 1 inch wide to lay across the back of the case plate. Place the crystal of the watch in the drilled hole. Used a vise or clamp with the watch between the two blocks of wood to press the back on. Be careful not to over press. Works great

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

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    The Timex WR30M back plate is about 1.25" diameter. Pry it off with a small screwdriver (note there is a triangle marking the location to pry agains). Change the battery. Now take a ~24" long 2x4 (actually 1.5x3.5) and whittle the edges a little so you have about 1.25" wide flat spot on one of the edges, at about the middle of the board (12" from one end). This is to clear the strap connectors on the watch body. Put the watch & watch strap around the 2x4 with the loose back plate against the 1.25" flat spot on the 2x4, watch crystal facing out. Place the watch crystal against the top of a wooden table and press down on the 2x4. The back plate will snap back in with moderate pressure.

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I tried everything and force wouldn't do it so I dropped by the watch repair place and the gentleman was kind enough to do it for me with the special tool he had and it worked. He didn't charge us which was a bonus.

Thanks for replying.

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I found an alternative to the pill bottle cap. The back of my watch is just slightly smaller than a Kennedy half dollar . As I have serious balance problems, I wanted an approach that didn't involve me falling and breaking something.

I put the back into place with the Kennedy half on it, put padding on both sides of the watch. Gripped the whole thing with Vise-Grip® pliers and squeezed slowly until I heard the "pop." Huzzah!

Oh ... fun fact that most magicians know -- a 1901-1907 English Penny is the same diameter as the Kennedy half.

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This is probably a bit more risky but I don't have a vice or the wherewithal to make recesses in bits of wood. Taking the back off is reasonably straightforward with a small screwdriver positioned alongside the arrow as others have indicated. After replacing the battery I snapped the back on by lining up the back in the required position and placing a UK 1p coin on the front and back of the watch and using a long handled pair of pincers to apply pressure. It worked for me - although I imagine too much pressure might have broken the glass. Good luck.

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Direction of arrow on back is not important except perhaps to help you open the back. It opens easily enough if you drop it on the floor by mistake, incidentally
To close it just take two pieces of wood not wider than 1 inch for the back and any size for the front where the crystal resides. Pop the whole works in a vise and with little pressure, the assembly pops together.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012

  • Robby Caruso Sep 14, 2013

    If you have a vise!! :-) I've never had a watch prove so difficult!

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