Have you ever seen a watch without a removable case back and wondered how you get the movement out?? In this post I will show how to remove a two piece split stem from a watch.
Some cases were designed as a “one piece case” that does not have a removable back. With a watch like this, How do you remove the movement?
The first step to removing the movement is to remove the crystal. This is done with the help of a crystal lift. This is a very cool tool the grasps the outer edge of a crystal, then by turning the handle, the crystal is compressed making it a tiny bit smaller so that it can be removed.
Once the crystal is removed, on this model, the inside movement retention ring needs to be turned to “unlock” the movement from the case.
Now comes the tricky part, cutting the two piece stem to remove it.
I normally use a standard pair of cutters to gently pry apart the crown/stem to remove it. You place the cutters on either side of the case tube, gently apply pressure and “cut” the stem loose
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