Top 8 Best Watch case Back Opener Tools (How to Open Watch case back Guide)
The vast majority of watches are equipped with case backs. The case back covers the movement, which is the beating heart of the watch.
Types of watch case back openers
There are many different case back openers you can use to open the case back of your watch, and different watches also use different types of case backs. Some watches are equipped with screw-down case backs, and others have pop-in case backs, which are popped against the case. With that said, you will need different types of case back openers for different watches. Sometimes, they are distinguished as watch case back openers and watch openers/case back knives.
When you remove a ”pop-off/pry-off” caseback, you use a ”knife” with which you can pry to remove the back. When doing this, be careful as to not scratch and damage the case of the watch when forcing it open.
A case back opener can come in handy in many different instances. Maybe most importantly when you want to check the condition of a movement, but also when you want to simply admire it, service it, regulate it, change the battery, or simply inspect it. Therefore, a watch case back opener is something every watch enthusiast and collector should have in their collection.
Best case back openers
Below, we have listed some great watch case back openers.
Watch Back Case Remover and Watch Opener
This kit includes a watch case back opener, a watch holder, 2 watch case back removers, and 2 screwdrivers. This makes it a great tool for any and all tools you may need for removing the case back, as well as replacing the battery.
The watch holder helps keep the watch in place and can be adjusted according to the size of the watch. Whilst it is possible to remove the back without a holder, it minimizes the risk of slipping and scratching or damaging the watch.
The case back opener has adjustable tempered tips which can be adjusted from 0.5 inches to 2.2 inches to fit most watches. The case back knife is easily used by placing the blade under the case and prying it off.
Lastly, with the help of the screwdriver, you can easily replace the battery, in case you have a quartz watch.
Vruping Watch Back Cover Case Opener
This Vruping watch case back opener is a kit of battery replacement tools. But it can of course also used for mechanical watches.
The kit includes two opening tools that you use by placing them under the case back and prying it off. The tools are made of steel and have shafts made in plastic. They are easy to use and very straightforward. Note that these tools work for prying the case back off and not for case backs that are screwed down against the middle case.
Bergeon is one of the foremost watch tool brands in the world, and their products are made in the home of fine watches – Switzerland. Furthermore, their tools are used by professional watchmakers all around the world.
This case back opener set includes four sets of different types of chucks, which are made of high-quality steel to allow for a solid grip when removing the case back. The tools are easy to use and can be adjusted for watches of different sizes. The chucks will work on a polygonal, slotted, hole, and grooved case backs.
This is a great universal tool that helps you open most screw-down case backs.
This tool from Zeiger is a high-quality case opener for different sized watches. The tool is multifunctional thanks to the extensible range of tips, which range from 15mm- 55mm. Overall, it is very similar to the Bergeon tool mentioned above but is considerably more affordable. This will of course be reflected in the build quality as well.
But whether you want to go for a more affordable or more expensive alternative is completely up to you and what purpose you will use it for. The tool includes 1 three-pin case opener with 18 pins. They come delivered in a handy and practical storage box. This type of tool is great as it allows you to easily open case backs without damaging them.
This is another helpful and practical tool from Bergeon that makes it easy to open screw-down case backs. It is shaped like a regular rubber ball but will give grip against a case back and help unscrew it. Due to its simple construction, it is affordable as well. This is one of our favorite case back openers for screw-down cases as it is so easy to use. The rubber ball will not leave marks on the watch. It is Ø 67 mm.
Another great tool from Bergeon is the 7403 watchmaker case back opener. At its core, this is a Victorinox Swiss army knife, which makes it super easy and convenient to carry with you. Apart from the regular tools you may need in a Swiss army knife, it includes a case back opener knife tool that allows you to pop up the case back. This makes it a great all-around tool, which also happens to include a case back opener.
This is a convenient tool that we can really recommend!
This is a simple and straightforward case back opener from Bergeon which features a single blade and allows you to pry open a case back easily.
This simple tool doesn’t need much introduction, but for non-screw-down case backs, it will do the job and do it well.
This great tool kit includes 5pcs watch case back openers of 2 types and 8 pieces of spring bars. The wide array of case back openers makes it easy to pry open most non-screw-down case backs. This is a great set if you are going to handle an array of different watches and need to be prepared for different case backs and designs.