How to Remove the Crown From a Wrist Watch

by Cherie Vallelunga

You may want to remove the crown on your wrist watch.

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With some preparation and a few tools you can remove the crown from your wrist watch. Depending on the type of watch you have, the release for the stem and crown may be located in slightly different places. The manner in which the release operates may also vary depending on the style and manufacturer of your watch. It is not that difficult to locate the release and to operate it to remove the crown once you know what to look for.

Items you will need

  • Case opener (optional)
  • Watch holder case (optional)
  • Small screwdriver
  • Plastic stick or straightened paperclip
  • Firm surface
  • Soft cloth
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
Step 1

Place your watch, crystal side down, on a firm surface covered with a soft cloth. Remove the back of your watch with a case opener that matches the type of case on your watch, or by using a small screwdriver as a prying tool, being careful not to scratch the back of the watch. Use a strong grip or a watch holder case to hold the watch in position while your remove the back.

Step 2

Look for an arrow pointing to a brass or polished button perpendicular to the stem axis, (the stem is the small metal rod the crown is connected to). Depress the button with a plastic stick or the end of a straightened paper clip while gently pulling on the crown.

Step 3

Look for a screw if you are unable to find a button. Remove the screw only far enough to remove the stem and crown (usually one or two turns is sufficient).

Tips

  • Not all push buttons utilized to remove a stem and crown have an arrow pointing to them. If you are unable to locate the push button or screw try placing the stem and crown in the wind or setting position (all the way in or all the way out) and look for a steel lever with a dimple or slot near its end. If you still do not see the release for the stem and crown, push and pull the crown in and out several times watching for a lever with a dimple that seems to appear and disappear with the movement of the crown.

Warnings

  • If you take the screw that holds the stem and crown all the way out, you will have to remove the watch movements in order to put the screw back in. Proceed with caution if the mechanism by which you remove the stem and crown is a screw, being careful only to turn the screw far enough to release the stem.

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