How to Open a Swatch

Written by jennifer hudock
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When the battery in your Swatch watch dies, the method for opening the back of your Swatch is slightly different than most battery-powered watches. The actual swatch is laser sealed, so opening the watch completely is not possible. There is a special lock that holds the back in place, but opening the battery compartment on your Swatch is easy. It is also designed to protect the inner workings of your watch from exposure and tinkering that could permanently damage your Swatch.

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Things you need

  • Small coin

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  1. 1

    Turn your Swatch over so the back of the watch is facing you.

  2. 2

    Insert a small coin, like a dime, into the lock-slat on the back of the watch.

  3. 3

    Turn the coin to the left, unscrewing the battery compartment.

  4. 4

    Pop the battery compartment open by inserting the edge of the coin under the opening and giving it a gentle push upward.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacement batteries for your Swatch are available at any licensed Swatch retailer or from their official online e-store.
  • If there is a problem with your Swatch's crystal or crown, these parts are irreplaceable. Swatch watches generally come with a two-year warranty. If your Swatch is still under warranty, you can have the company replace the watch with a duplicate or another model of equal value.

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