How To Use Watch Case Openers
Taking the time and learning how to use watch case openers helps prevent the destruction of many an attractive time piece. Technique is especially important when dealing with a water proof chronometer that would lose its water tightness if its opening is done improperly. Set aside the butter knife or flat head screwdriver and learn how to use watch case openers; it’s a worthwhile bit of time spent.
Get out a few things to get started. You need:
- Case opening tool
- Polishing cloth
- Rubber mat
Now that you are ready to discover how to use watch case openers, be sure to proceed slowly and with caution!
- Turn over the watch and locate the casing grooves. It is not uncommon to have one, two or even more grooves on the back of the watch case. They should be along the side of the cover.
- Remove dirt and debris. A watch that you wear on a daily basis is sure to accumulate its fair share of dirt, skin oils and debris. Use the polishing cloth to remove these obstructions. While it is possible to omit this step, it is also a foolhardy shortcut. First and foremost, clean grooves make it easier to learn how to use watch case openers. Secondly, a watch back free of debris will not lead to any dirt falling into the watch mechanism upon opening.
- Place the watch face down onto the rubber mat. The mat keeps the watch from sliding and eliminates unsightly face scratches or slipped case openers that leave scratches on the watch back.
- Insert the case openers’ blades into the grooves. Take your time with this step and wait until the fit is solid.
- Lift gently. It may take numerous attempts of slow wiggling to lift up the watch back.
Even after you discover how to use watch case openers and remove the watch’s back with no problem, there are still some other roadblocks ahead. For example, replacing the cover and putting it on tightly is just as intricate a procedure as removing it.