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Viceroy Quartz - stuck button


I don't normally do quartz but when I showed my father a watch I'd done he dug this old Viceroy out of a drawer and asked if I could look at it, "Got sentimental value that" he said.

Oh well, it's full of gum, got a flat battery and a stuck button. I've blasted it in the U/S and the water was black when done lol.

I've not done a quartz watch button - how do I get this out and back? It looks to be a minute c-clip. If I push it off will I ever get it back on again or do I need a special tool?




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You don't need any special tool . Put some Rodico in the bottom under the clips. then use 2 screwdrivers to press the clips of. That is the easy part. Clean the rod and maybe put a new gasket in. Harder to put back . i use a sturdy tweezer to press it back. But happens once in a while in flies away into space.  i have seen special tools that looks like a screwdriver with a slot in the middle . Much like a springbar tool.  To press the c- clip back into place. 

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1 hour ago, oldhippy said:

Proper tools should do the trick. That is the reason they are made.

While true I think a bit of pragmatism is needed. If I bought the correct tool for every job I did (watches or otherwise) then

  1. I would need a warehouse to keep them all
  2. I would need another mortgage to pay for them all

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Yes quite right. I suppose it depends if you are a hobbyist or repairing and making a living. On the other hand, if you get quite a few with this problem it would make it easier for you. It might save you pulling your hair out. :D

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