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    Help getting caseback off - Rado content

    Battery has run out on my Rado ceramica, wanted to try to replace it myself but I cannot see how the case back comes off. The back looks like it should pop off but I cannot find any lip or indent anywhere. I can run my nail around it and not feel a thing. My daughter has some watches and there's a definite lip or indent in some of those, put a small lifting tool into it and it pops off.








    Any ideas? I have a basic watch tool kit. Better off sending it to a watch-guy?

    Thanks in advance

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    Craftsman
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    Ignore, I don't know what I'm talking about.

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    What do the 4 screws in the corners do ? Are they holding the bezel on or the caseback on ?
    Is there the possibility it could be a front-loader, ie the crystal comes out with a special tool ?

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    What do the 4 screws in the corners do ? Are they holding the bezel on or the caseback on ?
    Is there the possibility it could be a front-loader, ie the crystal comes out with a special tool ?

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    The 4 screws hold the caseback in place.

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    Ok, will try that

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    Will have to admit defeat. Took the screws off, wouldn't budge, then upon closer inspection, and you can see from the pictures, the strap springbar goes through the case so I will need to remove the strap in order to remove the rear, which I've never done before and don't want to risk. Anyone know anyone local to Slough / Windsor that they can recommend? If not, will pop it into a main dealer somewhere

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    Craftsman
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    It is a caseback that lifts off with a knife. The screws attach the front to the case and have nothing to do with a battery change.

    The whole caseback has a lip 360degrees which is why you can't see it. A sharp case knife will work and I would put a small amount of grease on the hard back seal before putting the caseback back on.

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    Me32dc speaks the truth.

    I have replaced the batteries on two of these in last few weeks. I tried using a standard watch tools caseback knife tool, and it was not sharp enough to engage the gap in the lip on the round case-back.

    What worked for me was using a metal utility knife. The knife edge on the blade was thin and sharp enough to pop open the caseback with almost no effort.

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