it is perfectly OK to use a bench vise as a press if you don't have
the proper tool, however, it is also rather important that you make
absolutely sure that the recess in the rim of the case back is
lined up with the winding stem otherwise the button comes off in
your hand as you discovered!!
Thanks Ian and the rest who responded to me on and off list. It was
a cheap lesson on my own watch which I have replaced with another
Timex at Wally World. I will get a watch press before attempting
again and also be sure to pay attention to the orientation of the
back before taking it off so as to line up any notches. I think my
wife has at least 5 watches with dead batteries. Boy isn't she going
to be in for a surprise...
I am a born tinkerer and it's my nature to want to fix things. Why
else would I be driving to Kansas tomorrow to check out a big (18")
lapidary saw that needs work. Or maybe it's because I'm cheap and
can't pass up the deal... Can't wait to get it home at get greasy...
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Colorado Springs, Colorado