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Refitting a case back

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Hi,

I've changed the battery on a mate's Mondaine but I can't get the press-on case back on - I think it's just a bit big for me to assert the required even pressure.  Other than buying a case press tool, does anyone have any bright ideas on how to get it back on?

Thanks!

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I had a Mondaine quartz who's back was also hard to press in.

I wrapped a towel around the case with the case back in place and I just squeezed carefully until the case back snapped into place.

If you press just don't press on the glass, use the sides or bezel of the watch.

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  some case presses   are quite cheep and work on some watches.   BUT,  the above stated method works also.   if you have a big socket wrench set;  select a 12 point, socket  just larger than the glass, put a towel over it and proceed as stated above.  vin

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No substitute for the correct tool in this case IMHO.  I put off buying a case back press for ages because almost all of my collection were screw-down backs.  However, I had a Bulova Precisionist that strangely had a press-on back, so when that needed a battery change I bought a proper press (not expensive, I think it was about 15 quid) and it's been brilliant. I've only used it a few times, but I haven't found any case backs that can't be refitted with it, no matter how tight they are.  Slightly nerve wracking the first time I used it, but if you squeeze the handle gently to start with, then gradually increase the pressure, the case back will pop on with a satisfying click - Job done :thumbs_up:

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