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    What is the secret to closing snap-in backs?

    Hello friends - I am having a terrible time trying to close the back of my watch (a Mondaine quartz). It is the press fit snap-in kind. I levered it open just fine using a case knife, everything is good, no bends or nicks. But I just can't get it back on. If I use my thumb to press in the center, it won't go. If I seat one side and then try to press in the other, again no joy - I think the angle puts the open side too far out of alignment. What's your secret?

    Thanks for any help
    I have too many watches.

    #2
    a crystal press
    BAH !!!!

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      #3
      Thank you. I thought there might be some trick, but of course the proper tool is always the right answer. I obtained a press and the job was done easily
      I have too many watches.

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        #4
        *deleted*

        I see you've already bought a tool LOL
        Last edited by Waspy; 09-06-21, 11:45.

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          #5
          [mention]Complete [/mention] hammer


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          Divers, Chronos and Coffee

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            #6
            Originally posted by macarone View Post
            [mention]Complete [/mention] hammer


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            On inexpensive quartz watches, I have had success with a pair of Mole Grips and two heavily wadded up cleaning cloths. Mole grips/locking pliers are also known as 'self-grip pliers', 'Mole wrenches', 'self-grip wrenches', and 'locking jaw pliers' in the UK,In the USA, Mole grips/locking pliers are also known as 'vise-grips', and in Japan they are known as 'vice pliers'.For those not in the UK . Adjust the jaws to the thickness of the watch and keep going up half a turn until the case snaps shut.

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