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Hi all:
My wife's Seiko quartz needs a new battery, and I was wondering if you can tell if this is a snap back or screw back? It has lugs like a screw back, but they almost look ornamental rather than functional.

I don't see a tiny space anwhere though on the back where I can stick in my case back lever. I don't have a screw back remover. Any tips on removing this?

Thanks! (BTW, it's kind of scratched up, I guess it's time for me to get her a new watch!).



 

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I'm certainly no expert, but it looks like a screwback to me. Without a case opening tool, you could try the duct-tape ball method. However, you'll still need a proper caseback tool to get it back on tight.

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Hi all:
My wife's Seiko quartz needs a new battery, and I was wondering if you can tell if this is a snap back or screw back? It has lugs like a screw back, but they almost look ornamental rather than functional.

I don't see a tiny space anwhere though on the back where I can stick in my case back lever. I don't have a screw back remover. Any tips on removing this?

Thanks! (BTW, it's kind of scratched up, I guess it's time for me to get her a new watch!).



It's definitely a screw back. You'll probably need a proper screw back tool; the kind with bits that fit in the slots.
As the other poster suggested, you could try the 'ball' trick. If you don't have a nice stick ball, you can make a suitable one with duct tape :-!

Your wife probably loves this watch so just getting it running again will likely mean as much to her as a new one would...but you could hedge your bets and get here a new one as well ;-)
 

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Thanks guys - I do have one of those sticky balls and I'll undo the band and give it a try on the caseback.

But maybe this will also be the excuse to buy a good screw back removal tool. After all, she won't be able to complain, since it's her watch, right? ;-)

She's a nurse and also rides horses alot, so she needs a sweep second hand, I've had it in the back of my mind to find her a nice automatic chrono, but it would have to be rugged, as you can see she's pretty hard on stuff.

Thanks for your help!
 
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