How to Remove a Timex Stem

Timex watch stems are removed with the right tools.
Timex watch stems are removed with the right tools. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Timex watches, like all mechanical pieces, use a stem. These essential parts allow the wearer to set the time and date, in addition to winding the watch on manual models. Even battery-operated quartz models require a stem which must be removed if the movement of the piece requires removal. In a Timex watch, there are two ways to remove the stem and attached crown.

Things You'll Need

  • Case back opener
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Bergeon tool

Lay the watch face down on a firm yet soft, scratch-free surface. Unscrew the back of the watch case, using the case-back removal tool.

Locate the small flathead screw or indented push button in close proximity to the entrance point of the stem into the movement. Loosen the stem by applying a one-quarter turn counterclockwise with the screwdriver. Alternately, apply a small amount of pressure on the push button with the pointed end of the Bergeon tool. Pull out the stem of the watch while continuing to press down on the button, if so equipped.

Turn the watchcase over, allowing the movement to gently fall from the case.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always work on mechanical timepieces in clean, dust-free environments.

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