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Thread: Suggestions anyone, how to open a Breitling Colt Oceane?

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    Suggestions anyone, how to open a Breitling Colt Oceane?

    Tried to open it with a squashball, a regular watch opener and even a wrench.
    There is no opener on ebay (only whole sets).
    Anyone a splendid idea? It needs a new battery...
    Jur

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    Have you tried making a big ball of sticky tape, tennis ball size, press down firmly and turn.

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    What about trying a Breitling AD?..... or any competent jewelry store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiea1 View Post
    What about trying a Breitling AD?..... or any competent jewelry store?
    Breitling will insist on a 'movement service' I would imagine. End up costing 80 or so all for the want of a 1.25 battery!

    OP, can you post a picture of the caseback?

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    Pic

    Just like this one

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    I'm thinking you could do waaay more than 80 damage by trying to open the watch without the correct tool!

    I think it is time to smile sweetly and open the piggy bank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Breitling will insist on a 'movement service' I would imagine. End up costing 80 or so all for the want of a 1.25 battery!OP, can you post a picture of the caseback?
    I really don't think that is the case, they may "vigorously suggest" you do a service ...but at the end of the day? you don't have too.
    Aside from that , I think if I can't afford the cost service? I can't afford the watch, period.
    Like buying a Ferrari and worrying about the cost of a regular service tune up ....
    Last edited by eddiea1; 1st September 2014 at 00:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Tried to open it with a squashball, a regular watch opener and even a wrench.
    There is no opener on ebay (only whole sets).
    Anyone a splendid idea? It needs a new battery...
    Jur

    Ive got a 38mm one if you need it

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiea1 View Post
    Aside from that , I think if I can't afford the cost service? I can't afford the watch, period.
    Like buying a Ferrari and worrying about the cost of a regular service tune up ....
    Oh come on.
    Its a battery for gods sake.
    Doesn't really require the sermon on the mount re servicing.

    OP have you got a local independent that would do a battery change away from the Breitling ADs?

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    The last watch that required a battery change went to a local jeweller and after they also failed to remove the case back sent it off to their repairer. Cost me 13

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    I have found with case backs that are on very tight that putting them in the fridge for an hour or two has made it easier to get the back off. Read the tip elsewhere and tried it. Amazed that it worked but I have used it a few times now.

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    The only sensible way to remove this is with a case opener made specifically for the job. I have a set that I bought from ebay which cost around 40; they're not brilliant but they work.

    Trying to use a sticky ball is like pissing in the wind; most casebacks on dive watches are fitted far too tightly for a sticky ball (or similar) to work.

    Best bet is to find someone who can open the case and pay for the battery swap (not me, I`m won`t touch Breitlings thesedays)......that's all part of the fun with Breitling ownership. Trying to open it with any other metal tool is likely to cause damage.

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    Oh come on.
    Its a battery for gods sake.
    Doesn't really require the sermon on the mount re servicing.

    OP have you got a local independent that would do a battery change away from the Breitling ADs?
    Exactly is a battery, Breitling or an independent is what I have already pointed out is best ...does require a "sermon" although I prefer the term common sense , trying opening the case back of a Breitling with a wrench seem a bit drastic and costly which appears to be, what the OP is trying to avoid in the first place .

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasrichmond View Post
    Ive got a 38mm one if you need it
    Thanks (!) but unfortunately it is a 33mm
    Jur

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    Guess I have to buy myself a decent Breitling opener then.
    Local AD's won't open it. They only send it in for a service and battery change. Typical Breitling policy.
    Thanks for all the reactions!
    Jur

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