Some time ago my husband purchased a beautiful Tommy Moore silver cuff watch from you. Now the battery needs replacing and we are wondering how this is done as the watch is enclosed in silver “fingers” (for lack of the proper term!).
The jeweler says the silver “fingers” will have to be straightened or bent upward so the watch can be removed and it’s possible these will break thereby ruining the whole cuff. The spring bars are located in blind holes and are not detectable from the outside case. Is there a better way? Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
That is the way Navajo cuff watches are designed.
Yes, that is the way it is done.
The exterior (decorative) wings (see photo above) are opened up.
The watch face is held in place by a set of interior anchor tabs (see photo below).
The watch is slipped off the tabs, the battery replaced, the watch face returned to its spot. Tabs folded down, exterior wings folded down and and locked securely into place.
Most jewelers that have done it once or twice know how to do it.