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Opening back of watch for battery replacement

I cannot get the back of this watch open - advice is to prise the back of watch where there is an notch, but this is completely smooth all round, and it seems impossible to get a knife or screwdriver into the slit. Advice please.

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  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    There is no area that has a gap

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Turn the watch sideways & look around the edges of the back of the watch. You may have to use a magnifier to do this. Look for an area that has a gap. Put the knife there & pry it open. Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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    Rahul229 Aug 31, 2014

    how did you put the lid back?

  • Barbara Phillips Sep 06, 2014

    If the back has a little notch in it line it up with the crown and push it back on. If you cannot get the back on by hand, you might have to put in a press. If you don't have a press you will have to take it to a place that does watch batteries.

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