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Unable to put the back the cover of my timex watch

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Jul 3, 2007.

  1. Guest


    My Timex watch fell to the floor and the back cover came out. I have
    tried to put it back with a hammer covered with some clothes without
    trying to put too much force on it to no avail. I think I am missing
    either the right tool or the right technique. The cover doesn't have
    screws. I'd appreciate any suggestion that might save me the trip to
    the watchmaker.
  2. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    It must be your technique. Even if the cover was slightly sprung by the
    impact, it should be easily refitted. Nothing like a hammer, IME, is
    ever required...simple finger pressure.

  3. Charles

    Charles Guest

    I use a vise. I cover both sides of the watch with a heavy cloth (like
    flannel) and carefully line things up and carefully close the jaws of the
    vise. Has worked every time for me. In your case, the hammer might have
    distorted the back and you might be out of luck.
  4. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    To put the cover back on by hand takes some skill, very strong hands,
    and practice. Some people use a vice or a channel locks. I have seen
    watches damaged doing that.

    When putting back a watch cover, take care that some are keyed, and
    only fit in a particular direction. If you have an alarm in the watch,
    in some models the cover has to fit a specific way. In many of these
    watches, there is a contact spring that sometimes pops out when the
    cover is removed. make sure you did not loose this spring. If you did,
    the alarm will no longer work.

    The jeweler uses a watch case press fit tool for this purpose. They
    have a set of dies for the different size watch case combinations. The
    watch is fitted between the two dies, and then the tool presses down
    to press fit the cover and the body of the watch back together.

    Take the watch to a local jeweler if you cannot get the cover back on.
    Most will do it for free. Some will charge a few dollars. While you
    are doing this, it may pay to change the battery if it is more than a
    year old.

    Jerry Greenberg
  5. "Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'."
    John Cameron Swazey

    Alas, those days are gone.
  6. Around here - New Jersey, USA - any jeweler and some independent places
    charge only about $5.00 for a new watch battery. If you can't get it
    on, go to a place like this and they'll sell you a new battery and put
    it together for you.
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