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3.9 out of 5 stars
Snappy Case Opener
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
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I bought this thinking it was just a pry bar thanks to Amazon's famous non-descript descriptions of what they sell. (I'd like to give Amazon a "zero star" for that if I could.) It is not a pry bar and it works great. You put the blade between the cover and the watch body and push the handle toward the watch (axial direction.) When you get to the end of the stroke the internal spring snaps and drives the cover off. For those of you who are familiar with spring loaded center punches it works the same way. The watch I used it on had no lip to get under for a blade type tool. I don't know how I would have gotten the cover off without this tool.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2010
I've just, recently, received this tool so I have only used it on 6 watch backs so far. It DOES,"work as described", no real complaints there, but I did have to take it out to my shop and file down the end of the blade, just a hair, so it will fit under the edge of the smaller watch cases.
It's very well built and comfortable to use, which is important to me when it comes to working on small, intricate, pieces such as ladies watches.
Being "spring loaded", you do have to be a little bit careful with it,(again, mainly on the smaller ladies watches), so when it "lets loose" and the back pops free, you don't accidentally damage the internal parts of your watch!
A very good tool for the price and I recommend it to anyone doing their own watch repairs, and/or, battery replacements.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
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My wife has several watches with snap back cases that do not have detents to assist in their opening. As a result, I could not change the batteries. Most places that sell batteries used to change them for you as long as you bought their batteries. Now, they won't touch your watch even though their batteries are twice the price of Walmart or even Walgreens drug stores. I knew there must be a tool to open them, but I didn't know what . When I saw the Snappy Case opener I figured I'd give it a try. I tried the first watch & it popped the back off with no trouble. The second watch was even easier. Once you get the hang of it, its easy. It's an amazing tool. I have recommended it to several friends & family.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2008
Overall a fine item. However, it takes a little getting used to the snap action. It would also be very easy for someone to injure one's self if due caution is not excercised. Still, it does seem to do the job once one gets a feel for how it operates!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
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I have so many watches that I thought it would save money by changing the batteries myself. Some backs are easy to remove, some are not. I was using a small knife and a screw driver type tool for watch back removal, but sometimes they would scratch the backs. If the back was tight the tools would slip across the back and leave a nasty scratch. So I wanted to try the Snappy tool because the reviews were good. The reviews were saying you had to get used to it to know how it worked. The instructions are weak too. But all you have to do is place the tip of the tool on the area of the backing that has the small opening and push in until it pops. You might have to do it a couple of times before it pops the back off, but it does work well. Once you have the end of the tool placed on the back of the watch, just push the handle in gently until it pops. It scared me at first because I didn't know how it worked. If it doesn't pop, then your not pushing hard enough. You can practice with a towel first by pushing it into the towel to feel the pop. Good luck.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
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It is a functionally defective - I was not able to open a single watch with it (out of three) and it caused glass on one of the watches to crack. I followed instructions - it clicks and blade shoots forward but back cover does not popup. It is also awkward to use and kind of dangerous. I opened those three watches using much cheaper opener "SE HN7 Knife" bought also at Amazon as a back-up and man how I was right!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
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I have to agree with what others have said: This device works well, but takes awhile to get used to. It does not pry the case back off, it works like a center punch. You keep pushing and pushing and you can feel a spring winding up. When you get to the end the spring pops forward driving the blade into the space between the watch and the removable back popping the back off -- usually on the first try.

I can only give it 4 stars as if you are not careful you could easily punch a hole through your hand. That said, watch where the blade is in relation to your hand and fingers before you push forward.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
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Unfortunately, didn't work for me. I couldn't open any of the several watch cases I tried that tool on (even after reading instructions and watching some youtube video). I think the tip is just not sharp enough to get between the case and the cover. It might work for some watches if you sharpen the tip, but if you are not careful you can easily scratch the case, damage your watch or hurt yourself with this tool. I found that a knife - watch case opener does much better job and easier and safer to use as well. I rarely return my orders, but I had to return that one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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ORIGINAL REVIEW: Works well, but two warnings: 1) At first I thought it didn't work, but all it needed was more punches; after five or six, the back of my Seiko quartz watch popped off 2) But in the process, the device "jumped" inside and damaged an exposed wire coil, effectively ruining the watch. The problem is avoidable if you exercise control over the device as you use it. An online search might also show you what your watch looks like with the back off, so that you can pick a safer pry point than I did.

UPDATE Jan 2014: I just used this on my spare Seiko museum watch...and it broke the crystal, even though the watch was face down on a padded surface. Break one watch, shame on them. Break two, shame on me. I'm done with this device.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
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This worked amazingly well. I had a watch that had no notch in the back. All my tiny screwdrivers were too thick to fit under the back to pry it off. I was so frustrated. I thought I would have to throw the watch away. This tool didn't fit under the back either, but I put it against the edge, pushed down(it has a spring action), and the back popped right off! I used it on a second watch with the same great results. I am so pleased.
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