Sticky ball case back remover.

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    Sticky ball case back remover.

    It's not often I'm really impressed with something but these sticky
    ball screw case back openers are trully amazing.

    As a long time repairer of watches I've accumulated a fair selection of
    case back openers but this thing takes the prize, it safely removed the
    gunged up back from a Tudor Oyster which was tightened to the gasket
    full torque and hadn't been removed in years.

    I'm amazed that something which looks like a dogs toy can work so well
    and if everybody had one of these then ugly gouges on the case backs
    would be eliminated....and they're so cheap, delivered from China for around £6.00...I thought these would be no more than a novelty but
    they really do work, even on very tghtly clamped down casebacks.

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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    Are you saying these could open a Submariner case? The Tudor Oyster caseback would have the same design I believe?
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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    Definately, as you say this is the same case design. These things have an
    amazing grip, even on a highly polished case back and are large enough to give
    plenty of leverage.

    I should have bought one of these months ago but just didn't believe that they'd
    work on really tight casebacks...I was wrong, and best of all, no chance of causing
    damage to your precious watch.

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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    Do you mind giving details of where you got it? I need to get one of these. The mechanical device I have is not the best and can not be used on oyster cases.
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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    If you do a search on e-bay using SUPER STICKY BALL SCREW BACK WATCH CASE OPENER you'll find these. The price I paid was 0.99p + £2.99p postage.

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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    Hello radger,

    I've been ruminating on one too. Do you have to place the case in some kind of holder (i.e. a "vice") to maximize the torque, or can you just hold it in your hand?

    THanks,
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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    I can open the case back on any of my watches with this ball by simply
    holding the watch in my fingers and counteracting the torque with my thumb
    against the lug.
    On a very tight caseback it would probably be best to have the watch in a
    case holder, depending on how strong and dextrous ones fingers are.
    There's no doubt these things can generate quite a torque and a danger might
    be inadvertantly overtitghtening a caseback back on and damaging the gasket.
    The gasket should be lubricated with silicon grease.

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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    I've got one of these, and it is indeedy a very usefull tool

    I didn't even know they existed until I went into the local watch repair shop and saw them using one there.

    I find you have to have it pumped up to the right level....not too hard or soft otherwise it is pretty hard work.

    I've only been defeated (1st round) by one of my old watches so far using the ball, but I'll be back

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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    I bought one about six months ago again it's great! Here's one for $3.95 from Jules Borel:

    Regards from Sunny San Diego..........Tom
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    Re: Sticky ball case back remover.

    They are amazing... they even come in sizes... the larger ones can give you a lot of torque... and they never scratch the case!!

    Downside - you often have to remove the bracelet if the watch has one.

    Wash them periodically and they will work for years. They will not replace a good set of Oyster openers or a Jax wrench but they are a good supplement you will use often.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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