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How on earth do you get a stubborn snapback off without making any marks or scratches? I had a cheapo tool which I upgraded to an official Seiko snapback opener but it's still the same! They're either too stiff or the blade just sort of slices into the watch and doesn't open it..

This is the tool i'm using now..

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On 04/03/2020 at 20:19, lovingtheclock said:

How on earth do you get a stubborn snapback off without making any marks or scratches? I had a cheapo tool which I upgraded to an official Seiko snapback opener but it's still the same! They're either too stiff or the blade just sort of slices into the watch and doesn't open it..

This is the tool i'm using now..

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Pretty good quality tool by the looks of it, I use a case opening knife when I can other than that I have been successful using a precision screwdriver (not the jewellers type) with a 1.5mm blade and just give it a twist (which is the principle of your machine I think)  

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My hand winding Rotary had resisted all my efforts to open it with a variety of tools. Took it to our local semi-retired watch repairer, who must be at least 80. He had the back off in two minutes with a Stanley knife. I'd tried that myself, but couldn't shift it.

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On 06/03/2020 at 00:13, spinynorman said:

My hand winding Rotary had resisted all my efforts to open it with a variety of tools. Took it to our local semi-retired watch repairer, who must be at least 80. He had the back off in two minutes with a Stanley knife. I'd tried that myself, but couldn't shift it.

Sounds about right , you can buy all the tools available but you can't buy experience , I also know a retired watchmaker also in his eighties and i've watched him sort out many a watch in the carpark of the local auction house , armed with just a small pocket knife and a wealth of knowledge , an amazing guy and a pleasure to watch :yes:

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