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Replace rear cover on swiss army brand watch

Rear cover won't snap on and stay in place. There is one tiny notch on the rim, to clear the winder shaft, and I have made sure to align that properly before putting pressure on the cover.

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You are going to need professional help for this one.

Recommendation:
Take your watch to your local watch repair shop they have a watch press that will press the back cover on.

Hope this tip helps

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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