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      It's here. Impressive one-week delivery. It came in a very intricately packaged box with plenty of bubble wrap, plastic wraps, and even a plastic zip-tie thing at the end. Eventually I ended up with this.

      I can't solve the mystery of the movement -- you're asking the wrong dude to take the case back off his watch. I will tell you that, in the winding of the crown, it definitely feels like a hand-winding movement.
      Esslinger has the correct tools for these. I just use my universal caseback opening tool.
       
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      Just noticed the case back of these new quartz chronograph.
      Does it need any special tool? and how hard is it to open with...say locking pilars from a toolbox?
      to be safe you might need this tool:

      https://www.esslinger.com/10-sided-watch-case-back-opener-wrench-spoonz-set-of-8/

      or this

      https://www.esslinger.com/individual-breitling-case-opening-dies/

      If it requires the $80 tool plus the cost of the handle too I'd rather go to a watchmaker instead.
       
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      Inspired by one of AlbertaTime's posts:

      https://www.watchuseek.com/f72/vcm-twist-639430.html

      I am trying to find a similar set of wrenches too. However, a quick look at Taobao didn't give me any promising results. At the same time, I found that Esslinger.com sells something similar:

      10 sided watch case opener wrench set of 8

      https://www.esslinger.com/10-sided-...MI6uGWw8bx6AIVHx-tBh1zcQGIEAQYAyABEgK7ffD_BwE

      I wonder anyone here knows if the Esslinger set can be used on common VCMs too?

      Thank you very much!
       
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      Depending on how tightly the case back was affixed, the rubber ball does not always work. You can get these wrenches in varying sizes at Esslinger:

       
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      That's a screw back case type, popular in the early 60's.
      Similar to Panerai.
      Takes a large 10 sided spoonz.

       
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