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How to open the back of a Fossil pocket watch?

My pocket watch needs a new battery and I can't open the back.



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  • Anonymous Sep 11, 2008

    I have the same problem with a fossil pocket watch!

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    I changed the battery, but now I can't get the back of the watch back on.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Cannot open watch back to replace battery



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If there is a button on top that releases a catch to open the watch, there is a chance you can pus a pin past the release directly to the back. Applying pressure will pop the back right off.No worries about dents or scratchs as you will be poking the backside of the cover through ths inside of the watch.

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If it is like most cheap pocket watches you can open it with a pocket knife between the caseback and the case just be careful and dont cut yourself.

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I read Fossil watches unscrew counter clock wise.
good luck.

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