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TOOLS NEEDED: Prying tool, non-metal tweezers, small screwdriver, battery tester, cleaning cloth, screw holding tweezers, watch closing hand press, polishing cloth




STEP2 - Place the watch in the case holding vise. Clamp the watch in the case holding vise by opening the two halves of the block. Place the watch in the middle, and gently release or tighten the two halves so that they hold the watch firmly (2a).

If the watchband does not unbuckle or unclasp, separate the band by pressing down with the pointed tool to remove the spring-loaded pin that connects the band to the clasp or watch (2b).

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STEP 3 - Remove the back. Look for the groove between the round back and the watchcase (3a). Gently insert the case knife beneath the lip which is usually opposite the stem or the nine o’clock position. (3b).

Work the knife into the groove between the round back and the watchcase. Twist the tool to snap off back (3c).

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STEP 4 - Remove the batteries. IMPORTANT: Before removing batteries, be sure to note which side is up. You’ll have to put the new batteries in exactly the same. In some watches, the batteries are held in by a small metal clip. If so, carefully follow these directions for removing them.
SPRING CLIP: Lift up one end of the metal clip with the fine point tweezers-it will come out. Then, remove the batteries (4a).
SCREW ON CLIP: Remove the screws with the small screwdriver (4b). Be careful not to lose them. Caution: Clip may spring out; maintain pressure or screw may be ejected.
PERMANENT CLIP: Lift the outside edge of the battery out of its compartment with the small screwdriver (4c).


STEP 5 - Test the batteries. See the battery tester for operating instructions. IMPORTANT: If the watch has two batteries and only one tests “replace”, replace both batteries. If both batteries test “good”, there is something wrong with the watch. Refer to your watchmaker.

STEP 6 - Locate replacement batteries. Read the number on the old battery. Find the same number in the Battery Cross Reference Guide. Choose the corresponding battery listed in the Cross Reference Guide from the your battery assortment cabinet . 

 STEP 7 - Clean the battery compartment. Check the battery compartment for dirt and remove it. If you find corrosion, refer to your watchmaker.

 8a 8b

STEP 8 - Install new batteries. IMPORTANT: Be sure to test the new batteries before installing. For tester settings, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Install the new battery(s) with the same side up as the one(s) you replaced. Remember the watch won’t work if the batteries are put in wrong.
SPRING CLIP: Place one end of the spring clip in place and push the other end into its slot (8a).
SCREW-ON CLIP: Place the clip over the new batteries. Hold the screw with the screw holding tweezers to start it in to the hole. Tighten the screw (8b).

 STEP 9 - Close the watch. IMPORTANT: If there is a rubber sealing gasket in the back of the watch, make sure it is lined up properly before closing the back. Snap a metal adapter that is slightly smaller than the watch back into the upper jaw of the press. Place the support plate into the bottom of the press and fit a plastic ring adapter large enough to hold the watch into the support plate. Place the watch face down into the plastic ring adapter and press gently on handle until the watch snaps into place.Please insert your text here.

STEP 10 - Clean the watch. Gently wipe the watch to remove any fingerprints or smudges. 

STEP 11 - Reset the watch. Reset the watch and make sure it is working. In analog watches, if there is no second hand, observe the minute hand through a magnifying glass until you detect movement.