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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.
Try hooking the edge furthest from the winder at first, then work toward the winder.
If that isn't enough... warm the back cover with a hair dryer while you chill the rest of the watch. Serious as anything - the warmed cover will expand JUST SLIGHTLY while the cooled watch will contract JUST SLIGHTLY, maybe enough to snap that cover on. You can cool the watch in a freezer, but if you do... quickly snap the cover on while you hold the watch in the still-open freezer. If you take the watch from the freezer and leave it open at room temperature, it'll get moisture condensate inside. Leave it cold until the cover's on.
It also helps to wear cotton gloves if you use the heat-and-cool approach - then your hands won't appreciably cool the warmed cover or warm the chilled watch.
The watchmakers have a special watch press that squeezes the back into place - it's padded to prevent damage to the crystal, and applies a little extra force to the center of the back to buckle the rim outward just slightly during pressing. Like the opposite of a wheel cover for a car.
Although the cover is flatly closed and there's no tab/recessed area on the cover, you can still use a watchmaker's knife (looks like a Swiss Army knife but with case opener blade) or even use a Swiss Army knife to open it (pry off, particularly common in less expensive watch). Be careful, don't try to use the point of the knife, use the blade instead. Get under the rim and gently but firmly
turn the blade upward, popping the cover off.
If the cover is flat, no notches on it, that is a screw-back case. You need a case wrench (screw-back watch case opener) to open (unscrew) the cover. If you try to use a very small flat screw drive and tab (turn) the cover in counter-clockwise direction, be careful because it can cut your fingers.
mcdevito75 here, If your watch has a stem (winder) it is most likely 2 position, Pull out stem to first position, this should allow you to change the date, set the date at 1 number before the actuall date you want, NOW pull the stem out to set the time, rotate the hands until you have the date and time for the actuall date.
The back will either have a small slot on one edge to pry it off or indentations around the perimeter for a case wrench to unscrew it. Specialized tools are used to avoid scratching the case. You best bet is to take it to a watch shop and let them do it. Most places charge between $3 - $8 to properly do it without damaging the case and they should also change the gasket to maintain water resistance if so equipped. Once you have it open you risk damaging the movement as you change the battery. It's not that it's a tricky procedure but you can easily damage something that will cost a LOT more than $8 to fix if you don't have experience.
Sorry, but your hands (especialy fingers) aren't strong enough. Nothing personal- just confirming the fact. My hands can handle 50 ATM casebacks, but I would say this is more expierence than strength. OK, back to business: align the winder groove first and make sure this side of caseback sits in properly in case. Then use your thumbs to push the opposite side of caseback in, supporting the watch by your palms and knees. Do not try to push the caseback in bit by bit going all around the caseback. This sort of action will never work. So, align the groove, support your palms by the knee(s) and push the opposite (to the groove) side of the caseback in to the watch case by one, but strong attempt with your thumbs. It should snap in. If this doesn't work, you will need to ask the watchmaker to close the watch. NB: Watchmakers are using specialized press for closing watch cases wich do not require any strength at all.
s this watch have little notches around the edges of the back? If not look around the edge for a LITTLE notch. Take a knife such as a swiss army, or one that has a little meat to it, and put it in the knotch and pry up. If you still have problems PLEASE tell me , and I will be glad to assist you.