How to Remove Watch Backs

How to Remove Watch Backs: To remove a watch back, use the appropriate tools such as a case opener or a screwdriver. Ensure the watch is secured and apply gentle pressure to avoid damage.

Removing the back of a watch is a crucial step for battery replacements, repairs, or internal cleaning. Whether you're a watch enthusiast or a professional jeweler, the process requires precision and the right technique to avoid scratching or damaging your timepiece.

Most watches come with different back types: screw-on, snap-off, or those with screws. Identifying the type of case back is the first step to determining the correct method and tools needed for removal. The task demands a steady hand, patience, and a clean workspace to keep tiny parts organized. Remember, tackling this delicate operation with caution is key—your watch's integrity depends on it.

Types Of Watch Backs

Different watches secure their backs with unique mechanisms. These types affect how you remove them. Knowing the right approach for each type ensures you don't damage your watch. Let's explore the various styles.

Snap-off Backs

Snap-off backs are common in casual watches. They click into place and require a simple prying tool to open. To remove, find the notch on the back and gently lever it up. Be patient and work your way around the edge to avoid scratches.

Screw-off Backs

Professional watches often feature screw-off backs. These are sealed with screws or rotate off like a jar lid. Use a specific case wrench to unscrew these backs with care. Align the wrench with the back’s notches and turn counterclockwise.

Pressure Fit Backs

Pressure fit backs sit tightly against the case. They need a case press to reseal them after opening. To remove, apply even pressure with a case knife around the edges. A press ensures a snug fit when putting it back.

Hinged Backs

Vintage watches may have hinged backs. You can spot them by their small lip on one side. Gently open the hinge with a fingertips. Ensure the hinge is not forced to prevent damage.

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Quick Reference for Watch Back Types:

TypeIdentificationTools Needed
Snap-OffNotch along the edgePrying tool
Screw-OffNotches for case wrenchCase wrench
Pressure FitNo visible notchesCase knife and press
HingedVisible hingeFingertip or tool for delicate hinges

Tools Required For Removing Watch Backs

Service a watch at home like a pro with the right tools! Bold certain tools remove different watch backs. Let's explore these essentials:

Watch Case Opener

For snap-on watch cases, you need a watch case opener. This tool grips the case, making it simple to pop open. There are different types:

  • Jaxa type – Adjustable for various size watches.
  • Suction type – Useful for backs without notches.

Watch Case Knife

A watch case knife slides under the case back. Here's how to use it safely:

  1. Place the knife edge under the back's lip.
  2. Gently twist to lift the back off.

Be cautious to avoid scratching your watch or injuring your hand.


Screw back watches require a set of precision screwdrivers. Match the screwdriver to the slot size. Apply even pressure and turn counter-clockwise. Here's a quick setup:

Screwdriver SizeWatch Back Type
1.0mmSmall Screws
1.2mmMedium Screws
1.4mmLarge Screws

Tools They Can Buy

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  • 【Operation technique】Notice: Force downward and rotate the opener slowly, otherwise the clamps will tend to slip and fail to hold the watch back.
  • 【Operating Instructions】The instructions are in the form of pictures plus text, explaining to you in detail the correct way to use the tools to avoid damaging your watch by incorrect operation and helping you to solve watch problems at home.
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EasyTime Watch Repair Kit – Watch Battery Replacement Tool Kit, Suitable for Watch Back Removal with Watch Back Remover Tools, including Watch Opener tool, Adjustable case opener
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JOREST Watch Battery Replacement Kit, Watch Back Remover for Rotate Open Watch Cover, Watch Opening Tool, Watch Strap Removal, Watch Case Opener with Anti-scratch film, Spring Bar, Instruction Manual
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  • 【Applicable Phenotypes】– The case back decapper is only suitable for the case cover that is opened by rotation, not for other phenotypes that open the case cover.
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JOREST Watch Battery Replacement Kit, Watch Repair Screwdriver, Watch Band Replacement tool, Watch Wrench Back Remover, Watch Case Opener, Watch Back Remover Holder, Spring bar, Tweezers
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uxcell Watch Back Cover Remover Repair Tool 1cm Width Case Opener Pry
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Step-by-step Guide For Removing Snap-off Backs

Are you ready to tackle the task of removing a snap-off back from your watch? Whether you're replacing a battery or cleaning the inside, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process. With a few tools and a bit of care, you can open your watch back at home. Let's dive in and get that watch back off!

Insert The Case Knife

Start by finding the notch. Most watch backs have a small indentation. It is designed for inserting a tool. Take a case knife and place its blade into the notch. Make sure you're gentle. The goal is to insert the knife without scratching your watch.

Loosen The Back

With the case knife in the notch, twist it slightly. This movement should loosen the back of your watch. Do not apply too much force. You don't want to damage any parts. If it doesn't give a little, try finding another notch or insert point.

Use Fingers To Remove The Back

Once the back is loosened, remove the case knife. Now, using your fingers, try to lift the watch back gently. Start from the spot where the back was loosened. Work slowly around the edges. The back should come off smoothly.

Clean The Watch

With the back removed, you will see the inner workings of your watch. Use a soft brush to dust off any debris. Be careful around the delicate parts. If you need to wipe anything down, use a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid touching the inside with your fingers as oils can cause damage.

Step-by-step Guide For Removing Screw-off Backs

Time to access the heart of your timepiece? Removing screw-off backs from watches is a precise task, but fret not! This guide provides a clear roadmap to get that back off smoothly. Let's ensure your watch care skills are ticking correctly.

Locate The Notch

Begin by flipping your watch over to reveal its back. Examine the edges meticulously for a small groove or indentation. This notch is the key to a successful back removal.

Position The Opener

Secure your watch face down. Take the case opener and align its pegs with the grooves on the back of the watch case. Ensure it fits snugly – accuracy is essential!

Turn The Opener

  1. Apply gentle pressure on the opener.
  2. Rotate it counterclockwise.
  3. Keep the motion steady and even.

The case should start to loosen. Continue turning until you feel it release.

Remove The Back

  • Lift the back carefully off the watch.
  • Check for any resistance.
  • If you encounter any, ensure all screws are fully loose.

Congratulations! You've successfully removed your watch back.

Note: Always work over a soft surface to prevent scratches.

Pro Tip: Keep a magnet nearby to catch any stray screws.

Step-by-step Guide For Removing Pressure Fit Backs

Tinkering with watches is both a craft and an art.

Especially, removing a pressure fit back can be a delicate task.

This guide makes it simple.

Identify The Type Of Pressure Fit Back

Start by turning the watch over.

Inspect the back closely.

Look for a small indent or a lip.

This is where you'll apply force.

Choose The Correct Tool

Tools are vital.

Choose a case knife or a case opener designed for watches.

Ensure the tool is sharp and fits snugly in the gap.

Apply Even Pressure

Place the watch face down.

Insert the tool into the gap.

Gently twist to pop the back.

Avoid uneven force to prevent damage.

Remove The Back

Once loosened, lift the back off.

Do this with care and precision.

Now, you can access the inside of your watch!

Step-by-step Guide For Removing Hinged Backs

Working with watches requires care and precision, especially when dealing with the delicate task of removing hinged backs. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a professional watchmaker, mastering this skill is essential. This guide will walk you through each step to safely remove a hinged back from your watch.

Locate The Hinge Points

Begin by examining your watch from all angles. You need to find the small gap or indent where the back case is connected to the hinge. These points are crucial as they are the start for opening the watch. Ensure you identify them correctly before moving on to the next step. Use a magnifying glass if necessary.

Open The Clasp

Once you find the hinge points, look for the clasp. It's usually a small notch or lip on the back case. Gently lift the clasp using your fingernail or a pair of tweezers. Doing this will unlock the back case from its secured position.

Use The Case Knife To Pry Open

Take a case knife or similar tool and place it into the hinge's opening. Apply steady but gentle pressure. Twist the knife slightly to create a gap. The back should start to lift away from the case. Be patient and increase pressure as needed but avoid using excessive force.

Remove The Back

After the back lifts, slowly open it like a book. You can now access the internal components of your watch. Handle the opened watch carefully to prevent damage to the mechanism inside.

For an easy reference, here's a summarized table:

1. Locate HingesFind hinge points on the watch back.
2. Open ClaspLift the clasp with a tool if needed.
3. Pry OpenInsert case knife and twist gently.
4. Remove BackOpen back carefully like a book.

Remember, each watch is unique, so handle with care and attention. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Take The Back Off A Watch Without A Tool?

To remove a watch back without a tool, slip a thin razor blade or knife edge into the notch and gently twist. Alternatively, use your fingernails if the gap allows for it. Always proceed with caution to avoid damage or injury.

How Do I Open The Back Of My Watch?

To open the back of your watch, locate a notch or lip on the case. Use a watch case opener or a flat tool to pry it open gently. For screw-back watches, turn the back counterclockwise using a suitable wrench.

Always handle with care to avoid damage.

How Do You Remove A Stuck Watch Back?

To remove a stuck watch back, use a rubber ball to grip and twist the back off. If unsuccessful, a watch case opener or a flat blade screwdriver can gently pry the back open. Always protect the watch surface and apply even pressure to avoid damage.

What Tool Do You Use To Put The Back Of A Watch Back On?

To reattach the back of a watch, use a watch case press tool. Ensure proper fit by selecting the correct die size for your watch model.


Removing the back from your watch can be simple with the right tools and techniques. Whether you're replacing a battery or diving into more complex repairs, patience and precision are key. Remember to equip yourself with knowledge, and the right equipment, and always handle your watch with care.

With this how-to guide, you're now ready to tackle the task like a pro. Keep time on your side and wear your watch with pride!

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