Friday, November 27, 2009

Change Timex Easy Reader Battery -- How To Close Back


--First; to open the watch, look around the edge of the case (back) for a very lightly etched triangle shape – which points to the not very large slot into which to insert the point of a pen knife (thick enough, but not too thick) to pop it open. You will likely find the point at one o’clock, if the stem is nine o’clock – probably adjacent to one of the wrist band holding arms. This is because the opening for the knife point is so insubstantial that you really need to lean the back of the knife against one of the band arms for leverage to pop the watch open.

(Try to remember to line the insert slot – triangle point – up against one of the arms when you pop the watch back closed -- so you can open it again.)

--Second; closing the watch back up; the big problem.

If you try squeezing the back into the case from both sides you will end up in eternal see-saw with one side popping out when the other pops in.

The trick is to start with both thumbs together on one side and gradually work them around the back in opposite directions – without letting either side come up (this takes fierce pressure) until both thumbs meet again on the opposite side, at which point that side will pop in without the opposite side popping out.

This takes so much pressure that I faced the crystal down on a paperback book (to give the crystal a little protection from the little bit of give on the part of the book) and used the weight of my body to keep both thumb points fully pressed in as I worked my way around to the other side.

When I got a bigger Timex model with the same closing problem I had to use grip both ends of the handle of a substantial hammer to press down with enough pressure to pop it closed.


[I moved this post to its own blogspot a year ago but I now I have moved it back here because I think that a post gets more hits on a blogspot that gets other hits.]

60 comments:

jastbrown said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was about to finish off this watch like I did my last one by applying the hammer repeatedly to all parts of it.

Just knowing that it could be done was a help.. I ended up applying the pressure with the tack hammer handle and it was all I could do to get enough pressure that way.

Thanks again,

Jim Brown
Plainview, NE

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips. My wife's watch has a small circumference so I used a 25mm socket from my ratchet/socket set that was just a little bigger than the crystal as an anvil with a piece of paper towel to reduce marring. I then took a small block of wood and hammer to tap the back into place. Snap, it was done.

Lily said...

I just used a tequila shot glass. On a hard, flat surface, I placed the bottom end of the tequila shot glass on the back of the watch and pressed down with my palm. Worked! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have a Women's Timex Indiglo. I put the watch on a magazine and used a "C" battery to push down on the back of the watch with my palm. The cover snapped right back into place!

Anonymous said...

I have tried everything, From fingers to palm to plas to hammer but nothing worked :(.

Jim said...

Best explanation. Thank you.

John said...

A wooden hammer handle worked perfectly. Just needed to lean on it a bit

Bruce said...


As john said a wooden hammer handle worked fine. It's hard to believe that so much pressure does not damage the watch. Thanks for the help.

Anonymous said...

Shot glass worked perfect after many tries with my thumbs. Indiglo ladies timex.

Anonymous said...

Ah thank you! Just did this on my Easy Reader Premium Original and it totally worked!

Anonymous said...

Shot glass,worked like a dream first try.

Anonymous said...

The butt end of the handle of a wooden tack hammer worked for me to get the back into place. I also us a foam coaster to protect the watch face. Thanks for the tip!

Jill said...

Thank you so much for the detailed description. You were the only one who actually told how to get the back off and back on.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

‘Tape the shot glass and use a little, very little, oil on the back plate.

The butt end of the shot glass works but it scratches the back plate, so put tape on the shot glass.

My Timex is a deep water Expedition and the back plate is an extremely tight fit and hard to get on --- but with the shot glass and oil, I did it.

But now the alarm will not work. The watch works have 2 little spring legs that, apparently, touch the back plate and use it as a sound board. But there is also a 1 leg spring for what, I don’t what. Meanwhile the back plate has a relatively thick paper circle that the legs spring, apparently, have to avoid. — I am still working on that issue.—Is there some landmark/bench mark, that I can use to align the back plate with the watch works???

Jeff in South Carolina.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to pay $12 again to replace a watch battery. After searching around I found your blog. I tried the thumb trick with no success. Then the rubber handle of my ball peen hamer and bingo. Thanks for the help.

Ron

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips---had about given up but the shot glass trick worked like a charm!

Bill said...

A small "C" clamp with two pieces of wood works very well. It takes less effort.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, it worked. A paperback under the watch, a rag over the cover and then a 9/16 socket over that. I hit it with a hammer a few times and it is in.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

The best advice on this problem (putting the back on) I found on line. It worked!

Really appreciated!
Well explained.
You did something good that helped others!

A Canadian in Québec!

Scott Ribbel said...

Ha, it worked. I wouldn't have thought of doing it this way.

Thank you for the tutorial. Saved me the headache.

Al Lee said...

I had given up and already replaced the watch. I figured at this point I had nothing to lose even if the techniques I read here completely destroyed the watch. Used a light wiping with cooking oil which is all that I had handy...then leaned into the wooden hammer handle with all my weight and the back snapped into place. Who would have thought? I like the sound of the C-clamp idea..I might try that if I ever have this problem again.

Al Lee said...

ADDENDUM:
If you have a watch that has a small cut out on the back for the winding stem, be sure you have that notch lined up with the stem before applying any huge amount of pressure. Yes, I know you are not stupid...I'm just saying..

Anonymous said...

I have been replacing watch batteries my entire adult life and always managed to find a way to open the back. Not this watch!

Lucky for me my google search found you posting and I just wanted to say thank you!

OHDev said...

Thanks for the post and the comments, they helped me a lot!

The Indiglo back light stopped working on my light, so I had to open it, here's how to fix it:
http://ohdev.blogspot.com/2014/02/timex-indiglo-back-light-not-working-fix.html

Anonymous said...

I used the wooden handle of my husband's hammer to close the back. I placed the watch face down on a few paper towels, placed the watch back on the watch and gently, gently, gently pressed/slid the back from bottom to top with the hammer's handle, not much pressure, and presto!, it clicked tight and my world is once again in sync. I think I'll start a new career.

Angel Jimenez said...

Thumbs,plastic hammers--nothing worked on a lady's small Timex. Then, I placed it between two pieces of soft wood and placed the sandwich in a vise. Turn the vise just enough to pop it in. The C-Clamp should work but the vise is more powerful and is a sure thing. Ask your neighbors if they have a vise or bring it to a mechanic but, in either case, bring your own pieces of clean soft flat wood. Soft wood is important only to minimize the possibility of scratches but, if you don't have any, use flat and clean wood of any type.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Just knowing it could be done and that I wasn't doing something wrong helped a lot. Placed on book cover and pressed down very firmly!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I tried everything suggested and finally used an Irwin channel lock pliers and a rag to protect the watch. It took a couple more tries but it worked. Had I not read your blog and the comments of the others, I would of given up.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, I am an old lady but managed with your hint about looking for the small triangle(no other post mentioned it and I had to use a magnifier at my age to locate it). The hammer across the back of the small watch I have, helped to hold it in as I applied pressure from above to close it. THANKS SO MUCH.
Susan

Anonymous said...

My dad and I struggled with this stupid TIMEX waterproof expedition watch in the middle of the night. And I found this blog. Because of my poor english reading skill, I read your tips and comments' tips twice to understand it perfectly.
I think maybe my vodka shot can end this nightmare up, so I begged dad to try. At first try, we made it. Finally, we are in peace:-)
THANKS for the wonderful tips, guys! This blog encouraged me to be calm and confident!
I personally recommend to use vodka shot for the closure of closing TIMEX watches.

A thankful girl in South Korea

Anonymous said...

Made me a hero with my wife several times over (several watches). I ALMOST used the hammer to "solve the problem" another way before reading this posting. Instead, I used the hammer handle to snap the cover back in place. Unbelievably easy that way. Thanks.

Unknown said...

After much aggro, I managed to re-insert the case back on a women's Casio (LTP 1254). This watch has a small rectangular case which makes it difficult to find something that will press against the front without damaging the convex crystal. I finally found a small PVC pipe fitting (coupler), and used a workbench vise with wooden faces. That got the case back mostly in, at which point I could see which edge was sticking out more than the rest, so I pried it into place with a screwdriver blade. Bottom line: look for a PVC pipe or coupler of the right diameter.

Anonymous said...

Thanks man. I saw lots of videos but your advice worked.

Javad
Soth Azerbaijan

Anonymous said...

Two days trying to put the back on. Finally broke down and asked my husband to help. He took his pliers and a dish cloth to protect the watch and snapped it right on in about 4 seconds. Really "ticked" me off.
Mrs. Frustrated

Scott said...

Hey, that was great. I've tried most of the other tricks that people mentioned on your blog with mixed results. I've lost several nice Timex watches in the process. I live in the jungle so I don't have the luxury of going to Wal-Mart or some other place to get the battery replaced. I followed your instructions to the tee and presto eureka! I'm so glad that I found your blog. Thanks!

Scott said...

Hey, that was great. I've tried most of the other tricks that people mentioned on your blog with mixed results. I've lost several nice Timex watches in the process. I live in the jungle so I don't have the luxury of going to Wal-Mart or some other place to get the battery replaced. I followed your instructions to the tee and presto eureka! I'm so glad that I found your blog. Thanks!

Jade Johnston said...

thankyou so much, i was at my wits end !

Anonymous said...

A wooden architect's scale did the trick. To bad there's something else wrong with it other than the battery...

Anonymous said...

I have been replacing watch batteries. Here is my way of closing the back. Tools you need: C clamp, disposable water bottle cap, flat solid table. Steps:
1. Put the water bottle cap with its face up (i.e. with the hollow opening facing the table surface) on the table near the edge of the table
2. Put the watch face down on the cap
3. Put the watch back on the watch
4. Use C clamp to clamp the back, watch, cap and table top with C clamp screw handle underneath the table
5. Slowly tighten the C clamp screw and make sure all pieces are level
6. Stop tightening when you hear a 'click' sound

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I have been replacing watch batteries. Here is my way of closing the back. Tools you need: C clamp, disposable water bottle cap (make sure the cap size match the size of the watch), flat solid table. Steps:
1. Put the water bottle cap with its face up (i.e. with the hollow opening facing the table surface) on the table near the edge of the table
2. Put the watch face down on the cap
3. Put the watch back on the watch
4. Use C clamp to clamp the back, watch, cap and table top with C clamp screw handle underneath the table
5. Slowly tighten the C clamp screw and make sure all pieces are level
6. Stop tightening when you hear a 'click' sound

Anonymous said...

Good post. I used the butt end of a sturdy shot glass to press the lid back on. It was quite easy.

Anonymous said...

Face down on a magazine. Put a wooden spool of thread on the back and hit it with a hammer.
Now snug in place and ticking.

Anonymous said...

Face down on a paperback book, and since I didn't have any C-clamps or a shotglass, I used a small prescription pill bottle that was about the size of the back of the watch. I pushed down on the top and after hearing a snap, it was in place and working. I had to be careful to be sure the battery was properly lined up before I pushed it in, but the paperback book was important! Thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

taped 2 quarters together, placed them on the back of the watch with the tiny arrow on the back of the watch pointing toward the watch band. Placed a paperback on the crystal of the watch and put the whole thing in a vice mounted to a work bench. Cranked the vice down until I heard the back snap into place. Thanks for all the tips!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Bout have up which would mean a new watch :( til I found ur site. It worked!!! Dollu

Anonymous said...

This is a derivative of other suggestions posted here; I used the hex-side of a 1 inch socket (covered with microfiber cloth to prevent scratching) for the top of the watch and the flat, drive-side of a 13/16" socket for the bottom of the watch. I carefully placed sockets and watch horizontally in my Sears 4 1/2 inch bench vice, and tightened the jaws slowly until cover popped on.

Anonymous said...

I took a 1 inch socket and a soft cover book. Placed watch face down on book, book on floor. Pressed on backside and heard 1 snap and cover was back in place.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to all before me for your great ideas (and hope!) I used a tiny bit of coconut oil around the edges, and a spiral bound notebook to rest the watch on. Then put a plastic lid on the back and used the handle of a small hammer to press VERY firmly. I had tried this a number of times, and it was the lubricant that finally did the trick. I love fixing things myself!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick question , why the hell does timex make opening and closing a watch back so difficult? Should we really have to use every tool and then some to accomplish such a basic task ??????

David Christopher Coffin said...

Thanks, it worked

Ladyday said...

Mr. Drew,
I have tried everything that I can to get the back on this watch. It has been off for well over a year now. It will be time for a new battery before I can get the back on here. I have tried all of your tips as well as the others. Nothing is working for me. Can I send it to you with a new battery for you do this for me seriously. This was my last watch during my last deployment (injured) and years of service
(10), thirtythree total. So I really do not want to part with it. So should I just give in, hold on to it for sentimental reasons and, purchase a new one. For all who read my post. I know it will read as "CRAZY" to you, it's only a watch right!!!

Anonymous said...

Shot glass bottom was the thing that worked for me, on a stack of papers on the floor, stepped on it with rubber-soled shoe.

Jo Eckler said...

Thank you! I did it with a wooden hammer handle, a washcloth, and a pile of magazines. So quiet I didn't think it'd worked, but it sure did!!!

Laura Mom said...

I used the disposable water bottle cap. I put the watch upside down on the carpet, put the bottle cap upside down on the watch back and used my foot (in my shoe) and stepped hard, and it worked. This was after trying everything above (except the vise/clamp which I didn't have access to). I may have seen the point about the shoe and the bottle cap on a youtube video, but hurray it worked.

Thanks to one and all who have such kindness in their heart to post these wonderful ideas.

asmey05 said...

Hello all..thanks a million Dennis for sparking the idea of working it with your thumb..and for sure..a really fierce pressure is required but, very valuable tips.

Long story short, I managed to close the TIMEX EXPEDITION back covers by using....my wife's pizza/ dough roller pin..!!

With the watch face down, on what ever surface you prefer, put the roller pin on it, and like dennis was saying, work slowly, s..l..o..w..l..y, to avoid seesaw effects ( most important!! ), from the partially inserted section, towards the stubborn section. I pressed the watch on the carpet, using half of my body weight, and...OMG..the back cover snapped shut..voila..!!

Many thanks again to Dennis and all the people who shares their thought and valuable knowledge..

Steve said...

Thanks for this Blog post. I couldn't apply enough pressure to pop the back on by thumbs alone. Which is sad since my grip strength used to be awesome.
Anyway, I had a 24mm socket (couldn't find a 25mm) I centered this on the back and used a large flat wrench across the back of the socket in order to press down with both hands evenly. A satisfying POP and all is good now.

Anonymous said...

I hate this watch. I tried repeatedly to get the back of it back on, after changing the battery, and nothing I tried worked. I can't seem to get enough pressure on it. It's too much work - too frustrating - I don't have time for this - I give up - I am buying a new one.

goodharbor said...

Just wanted to confirm that the hammer handle technique worked for me.

Used a nice, sturdy, wooden handle. Placed the watch face down on my mouse pad. Placed the case back in position, one edge correctly in place in the case groove. Placed the handle over the case back (contacting the center of the case back), and with pressure, slid it to the opposite end from where I placed the edge into the case. Voila ... snapped into place.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Gar Vance said...

I just ran across your website and tried a recommended version of closing the back of my Timex Expedition watch. I put my watch face down on my workbench with a thick fleece towel underneath and used my large, rubber "Deadhead" hammer's wooden handle to press down firmly. I didn't hear a pop, but it sealed up properly and I'm good to go! Thanks for all the information : - )

Sue said...

I tried every single suggestion listed here. Nothing worked. This is my second round with a Timex watch; in this case, a Timex Easy Reader. Second time the watch has been broken while trying to replace the back. I give up.