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    Replacing Battery in Skagen Watches

    Anyone know how to remove the back from a Skagen watch to replace the battery? I've taken it to three jewelry counters who have said they couldn't remove the backing. Would rather just buy a tool to do it myself, if possible, to avoid future issues.

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    What does the back look like? I'm assuming it's just a snap-on case. If so, look closely around the seam where the caseback meets the case. There should be an area that looks slightly raised or has a slightly wider gap. You should be able to slide a precision flatheat screwdriver, small knife, or other very narrow tool in that gap and pop the caseback open with leverage.

    This can be difficult and even dangerous, especially if you use a knife or other sharp tool (which is hard to avoid), so proceed with great care. This is one of the reasons I try to avoid watches with snap-on casebacks in favor of those with screw-down casebacks, which are both more water-resistant and significantly easier to open.
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    P.S. You will have better success with any kind of watch repair or maintenance if you take it to an actual watch repair specialist rather than to a jewelry salesperson. Specialty watch shops, like Fossil stores, will probably also have sales staff that are more competent at basic watch care.

    From what I can tell, most jewelry and department store salespeople have little to no training or competence in watches. I've heard some pretty awful stories about the damage that such people can do when given the opportunity - a brand new watch coming out like it's just survived nuclear war after a customer asked the salesperson to remove a few links from a bracelet, for example.
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    Thanks. It does have a very small edge, but I can't find anything to fit into the gap, which is extremely narrow. I thought about ordering a watch opening tool on Amazon, but this gap is so thin I'm afraid it wouldn't slide in there. I tried to visit a watch shop in a nearby town this weekend, but the owner was out. Pretty small place where I live, so not many options locally.

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    The gap is tiny but a case back opening knife should do the trick. The real problem with snap case backs is reinstalling them, which is even harder than removal if you don't have a case back press. Changing quartz batteries is easy, but in the case of snap case back it's probably best to pay a watch maker $10-15 and saving the head ache.

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    I usually just go to the mall kiosk near me and the guy is great at simple stuff like removing links from a band or replacing a battery. Make sure it's a watch kiosk and not a jewelry kiosk. Like others have said, there is a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrownAndBuckle View Post
    The gap is tiny but a case back opening knife should do the trick. The real problem with snap case backs is reinstalling them, which is even harder than removal if you don't have a case back press. Changing quartz batteries is easy, but in the case of snap case back it's probably best to pay a watch maker $10-15 and saving the head ache.
    Will likely just go this route then when I travel to the mall this weekend. Thanks for the word of warning.

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    I inherited a few Skagen watches from my father that I don't use because it is such a pain in the arse to get the back off and change the battery. I second the recommendation to take it to a watchmaker.

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    Try a razor blade (single sided). Be careful. Also you could try a small mini flathead screwdriver, the size you might use to tighten screws on glasses. Both have worked numerous times for me on my Skagens. Also you can get 10 watch batteries for like 99cents on ebay vs paying 4-5 bucks for a single one at the mall.

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    Thin bladed kitchen knife works for my skagen. I put a glove on just in case it slips. Never had any problems after finding a blade that fits under that ridge on the case back. Putting back on has been simple as well.

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