This is the third in a series of "Helping Hand" tutorials. In this lesson, we cover a somewhat unorthodox method of removing case screw-backs and bezels. I'm sure most of you have seen battle scars on cases where someone has tried to remove a stuck case back or bezel. This method has worked well for me and it should for you as well. Click on the picture of the Cannon Plug Pliers used in this presentation for ordering information.
Once again, a big thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to review this presentation and providing valuable inputs.
John, Great advice given in this tutorial. Now I finally get to use those cannon plug pliers for something really useful. You did leave out the aircraft mechanic's favorite tool; a 3 lb. sledge hammer as the very last resort! If all else fails, that baby can fix anything!! Thanks again!
Hi folks Being the new guy, stuff like this is so good for me. I wanted to ask questions on things like "How do you take the back off?" but felt it would be too basic for the rest of you. I've still got loads of your tutorials to go John, as well as all the other info available on the site. The more I look the more I find Thanks for not making me feel dumb (in this instance anyway ) Take care all
Posts: 40 | Location: Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom | Registered: November 17, 2003
And that does really happen. I already posted this, but will tell it again in short form...friend of my eldest daughter purchased an old watch from a jeweler in Knoxville recently (4 months ago) for $5, as the jeweler wasn't a watch person, and really didn't want this old clunker in her drawer anymore. It had apparently been in a fire, as the crystal was sooted. He couldn't open the back, so he took it to a local watchmaker. To make a long story short, they found a 21j Waltham Cresent St. inside the case, and once buffed, found 14k markings on the case as well. The fire had only sooted the face, and no heat had reached the movement, so it's just due a good cleaning etc. They're really out there! Regards.Mark
Posts: 3598 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
Great ideas. I’ll have to look for one of those cannon plyers. At my bench, I have used some similar methods. However, instead of supper glue I have used lathe wax which only requires alcohol to clean up. My lathe wax may pose a problem for some applications because it must be applied hot. For this reason, I have not tried to take a crystal off with it.
For removal of a stuck bezel, I have had good luck using the bezel chuck from my lathe. However, if one does not have a bezel chuck, or if the chuck fails to grip and hold a lightly frozen bezel, I think the glue idea would work much better.
Thanks for a great post.
Best regards, Greg
Posts: 1859 | Location: East Lansing, Michigan USA | Registered: November 24, 2002
The last one I had trouble with was an old 18 size clunker.It was stubborn and I did't want to spend much time on it so i tried this. I took a small torch and heated the case perimeter.Not too hot to touch.The back came right off. The bezel got the same treatment.In less than three minutes both were off. J Smith
Posts: 193 | Location: Warrenton, North Carolina U.S.A. | Registered: January 12, 2003
John, I suggest that you help assemble a pictorial listing of the "Many Miraculous Uses of Rodico", one of which (I discovered) is to remove stubborn case covers and Bezels; Step 1. CAREFULLY run a single edge razor around the seam and add isopropyl to loosen the junk locking the case and help lube the razor.
Posts: 6532 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: July 19, 2007