I used a sharp penknife blade to remove the watch front by getting right on the base and pinching the glass off, (comes off quite easily) tilt the watch out of the case and see enough to prise battery out with a needle. The battery is a Maxwell SR920W or equivalent. Have ordered new batteries on ebay.
I HAVE A SOVEREIGN CLASSIC WATCH ,AND USED A STANLEY KNIFE BLADE TO GET THE BACK OFF.LOOK BY THE STRAP PINS ON THE BACK YOU WILL SEE A SLIGHT GAP AT THE BACK OF THE WATCH,PUT THE BLADE IN AND FLIP OFF THE BACK AND THERE YOU HAVE IT .E-A-S-Y
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Changing Watch Batteries
Lots of posters ask "what is the battery in my (name of watch)" with a view to changing it yourself. This is a bad idea for many reasons. You don't have the tools or knowledge to remove a rotary screw on back, or the gasket sealant for a waterproof watch. Some fashion watches have 4 traditional screw and need professional grade jeweler screwdrivers. Also, there are about 20 batteries commonly used in watches, in various sizes and internal technology, Lithium Ion, Silver Oxide and Manganese Alkaline. If you buy them, you generally have to buy 10!
Don't sweat the details. Just take the watch to your local jeweler. They have all the batteries at hand and the tools to remove the back. It is done whilst you wait for $8 to $15!
mcdevito75 here, Croton, a high quality watch, Best Bet is to look for a small watch repair shop in your area for the battery change, these quartz movements can easily be destroyed with mis-handleing and anyway a battery lasts at least 1 year.
You probably need to "short out" the battery before you can set it.
To do this you need to remove the caseback and apply a tweezers to the battery and the "AC".
The AC is usually labeled and it looks like a little gold cricle near the battery in the watch. (I realize there may be more than one gold colored small circle in there, and if it's not labeled it will take trial and error.)
With the tweezers, or paperclip would work, touch the AC and the battery at the same time and hold for a few seconds, then release and repeat once more. This should get your watch reset and ready for you to set.
Check to be sure the batteries that are specific to the special effects (under gold pressure plate) match the correct polarity. The top one should be "-" down and the lower one should be "+" down, but just check to be sure. You can find the polarity noted to the left of the battery and also very small at the edge of each battery slot - just look for a tiny green painted spot with polarity noted.
To reset the watch, look for the word "RESET" (lower right portion inside case) - notice there are three gold dots centered in green squares. Use either a tweezers or two pins or two small screwdrivers and touch both of the gold round dots simultaneously. That should reset the watch. Check it, if it doesn't work then try it again - two contacts at a time. I think I touched all of them in haste, but I believe it's the two matching gold dots that are the reset. Tweezer separation is almost perfect to rest the watch. That should do the trick. The batteries needed for this watch are SR626SW. Remember to put the black plastic stick on protector over the gold pressure latch that holds the two special effects batteries in place. If it's gone, cut out a piece of electrical tape and cover the gold so it doesn't come in contact with the case back.
I think that's more info than you needed, but good luck and I hope it works for you. I had to take my watch to the jeweler just to get the case closed - it was a tough one.
i have changed the battery on my and my wifes ebel classic wave watch,,
step 1 ...remove the crown by pulling away from the watch, use your thumb and index fingernail and pull , it will come out
step 2 ...remove all 5 gold bezel screws
step 3... be careful,, the bezel/crystal will pry off easy
step 4... be careful and remove the entire face/hands/watch guts all in one easy step,, or just turn the watch over and it will fall out
step 5.. small screwdriver and remove/replace battery
step 6... reinstall watch guts/bezel and gold screws
step 7... push crown back into watch
step 8... take wife and kids to dinner ,,you just saved three hunderd bucks
if have done it many times ,, you can do it !!!!