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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2010
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Works as expected.

I used it to close a Skagen 233XSMM after replacing the battery. None of the local jewelry dealers wanted to touch it, they all claimed that the crystal is to easy to break. I didn't have any problems closing it with this tool.

There are instructions on line, look for "Watch repair tool guide" under "Little David." Make sure you use the appropriate dies and that the watch is properly seated on the bottom die (look from above, make sure the die and the watch are centered). There is significant friction between the handle and the base (this is why I gave it ONLY 4 stars) so you have to be careful while applying pressure.

I read Mary Ellyn Nord's review before buying this tool and it took me a while to decide to buy it. I don't have a 25 years experience, this is my first watch I closed with a press, but my experience with this tool is so different.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
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I recently discovered that our local jewelry stores no longer will replace a watch battery. I suppose so many folks have made them replace a watch because of damage. I bought this tool just so I could replace my own batteries without fear of breaking our watches and it works fine. There are several different sized dies that will proably fit almost any watch, and unless you force something there is almost no fear of damaging your watch. You still need a tool to remove the back but this is now an easy 2-minute operation. The tool is well made and is simple to use, there are no instructions included but it it probably meant for pros besides it it all just common sence. The shipping was quick and item arrived in good condition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
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The press worked very well - as expected. In the past, I had to take some of my watches to the jeweler to have batteries replaced because I could not press the backs of the watches back in place and would often be charged about $10 for this service. Now it isn't a problem and I can do it myself. Delivery of the press was very prompt. I only had to wait a few days for routine delivery.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This watch press does not work. The posts to which you attach the dies do not line up, so the dies do not either. Consequently pressure is applied inconsistently and one edge of the case is forced together while the other edges don't join. I rotated the case and pressed with all my might hoping that I could close one edge at a time. Now I have a watch that the back is partially closed on. Item is worthless.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
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Serviceable tool that is probably a bit over priced but it worked for me.

I purchased this tool despite worries from a few negative reviews, and I'm happy with my purchase.

The tool I received is slightly different from the item pictured with more of hand friendly "squeeze" handle on the base. It also has a much larger bench rest on the bottom side and stands on its own quite well. Also the cast pot metal base is painted silver not blue. Build quality is standard "harbor freight" (injection and tool marks on the casting and die's, sloppy wobbly lack of precision in the lever mechanism.) However mine had no grimy or stinky goo covering it.

That said the press dies were all organized in pairs in their own plastic bags and I have used this successfully on several watches.

There are no instructions with this device and as with all tools it helps if you are familiar with their use before operation.
For users unfamiliar with this tool, note that the pressure dies come in a pair. One is flat and the other is convex. The convex die touches the crystal side of your watch and it is important to match the die diameter to the crown of your watch. Set up properly the ring around the outside of the concave die presses on the metal crown (not the glass crystal) of your watch, while the flat die presses on the back of your watch.

If this tool is used properly it would be impossible to crack the crystal of your watch...
Hope this helps
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
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This is a good tool. No instructions but you can figure it out. I've used it a few times now. I made sure to tell all my friends that I have it so they can benefit someday. This is not one you use very frequently.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2009
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The watch case press worked well, but wish it had come with some instructions. I am a novice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2011
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When I took my press out of the packaged it was dirty and grimy. I made the remark to my wife that it looked like a used tool from the machine shop. Nevertheless I continued to unpack and setup the tool. The dies themselves do not stay put on the press so you will need to be nimble with getting the watch and the dies in the perfect position before you squeeze or else the dies will fall out of the press. The press also has a minimum amount of clearance so you may find yourself in a situation where you are unable to get your watch between the dies. I had a Timex Expedition watch and I was barely able to get it to fit inside the press with the dies. Overall the press works but it definitely has that very cheap tool feel. I was very disappointed with the quality and actual operation of the tool for the price. This tool should be at least half this price in my opinion for what you get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
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I can not recommend this watch case press for a very simple reason: It simply broke apart on first use. I needed to close a medium sized lady's watch after changing the battery. I used the 2nd largest die and attached them to the press. I started to apply some pressure (no - I am not well trained). And then the whole bottom section broke off. Thanks to Amazon's return policy I got my money back. I just have to find another press now that works. Btw: The photo on the Amazon website does not match the product that was delivered. My press had a much wider bottom section.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 18, 2011
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I have a lot of cheap battery powered watches. It's fun to be able to swap them based on my mood, clothes and daily activities. The point where they cease being "cheap" is when you need to replace a battery. My local cheap battery replacement place went belly up and with it my $7 new battery source. The place that opened in its place charges $29 to change a battery - claiming that they do a pressure test and replace the gasket. What a rip off!

I bought a watch kit from amazon and a couple of case openers and have been buying my batteries locally for $5. Neat savings! But a few of the cases wouldn't snap shut, no matter how hard I tried. My friend recommended that I buy this tool and gosh, it works like magic.

It paid for itself the VERY first time I snapped a case shut. It's a beautiful thing.
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