Step 2: Gut It!

Examine the back of your watch to see how to remove the backplate. Some have tiny screws, some you need to pry open. I have the pry open kind. After trying to get the back off for an hour, I realized that this watch was jammed shut far beyond my opening abilities. I took it to WalMart's jewelry section and the employee there opened it up for no charge.

Once you get the back off, carefully pull out the watch pins on the side and lift the whole time mechanism out of the watch body. Set aside for later disassembling.

My watch had a plastic band on the inside marking the 12, 3, 6, and 9 spots. I grabbed it with pliers, bent it back and forth a bit to loosen it up, and yanked it right out.

Now you have a beautiful, wearable picture frame ready to be filled!
<p>Good post!<br>Have a look at Sykla smartwatches bought at http://sykla.com/</p>
Best watch I've ever seen. Great present for someone who needs to be reminded how to live in the moment.
<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:143421" rel="nofollow">ahem.</a> ;D
That is so cool--thanks for putting it out into the world! I would love to see a picture of the printed watch face.
Did this with a childrens watch. Turned out pretty great imo :D
That looks awesome! I love how colorful the band is on that watch.
I would like to make one with a broken digital watch and put an LED behind the face and use a pen over the parts of the &quot;8&quot;s so it says now but it will take people a bit longer and it should look more like a fully functional watch.
haha awesome <br>if i can find my old watch i might just make this with something like &quot;now&quot; or &quot;later&quot;
This is so cool! I'm going to make one!
Love it!!!
Sometimes i draw a watch on my arm and pt the time at 3:45 (when skool getz out) maybe someday ill do tht wit a reel watch? hmm...
jaja cool
My normal responses:<br>&quot;Do you have the time?&quot;<br>&quot;Yes, I do.&quot;<br><br>&quot;What is the time?&quot;<br>&quot;Time to get a watch.&quot;<br><br>I now have a legitimate excuse to say just &quot;Now.&quot;<br>Thanks for this idea.
You should see if you can keep the hands and instead of lots of numbers or roman numerals use the Pi symbol and put it on so that when the hour hand hits Pi the time is 3:14. Also you will have a new excuse to eat pie at either 3:14am or 3:14pm.<br><br>=P<br>
What about putting pi signs in place of all the numbers so that it was always pie time? It wouldn't be very accurate for telling time, but my belly sure would enjoy it. :)
If your a procrastinator can you make it say &quot;later&quot;?
Haha that is an awesome idea...or &quot;NEVER&quot; for super procrastinators?
Heehee, &quot;the time is... never&quot; :)
I was wondering when someone would say that :P
I'm so going to do this with my garden clock/thermometer that's broken. What should I put on the thermometer side? &quot;Just right&quot;?
In the Summer: Be Thankful it's not Hotter.<br><br>In the Winter: Be Thankful it's not Colder.<br><br>Spring and Autumn: Be Thankful.
Probably Ambient<br><br>...Would be better I think, after all, what is just right? or maybe just<br><br><br>Ambient
&quot;weather&quot; or &quot;some degrees F&quot; might work too.
I love that idea! What about &quot;Beautiful Day&quot;? I would love to see a picture when it is done.
If the dial is flat I think you could just carefully remove the hands and glue a picture or message directly to the dial. With the hands put back on you could have a functioning watch. (Assuming it worked before)
Iv'e got some old watches.... Will do this!
Can I write NOW with ARABIC Lang.
That sounds beautiful...Arabic is so pretty :)
In russian I'd say : &quot;Все гениальное - просто!&quot;. I just cant find proper translation to english. It kind of &quot;All genious is simple!&quot; or &quot; All great things are simple!&quot; Something like that. I wish i didn't throw away my broken watch :)
What a good saying!
ooopss! i wrote that in russian letters , but it came out as some formula. :)
Seen this in 1988 ... a guy who was about to get discharged from military ... he was seen wearing his watch that served him well over the years but got broken recently .. the sign was &quot;The time is NOW!&quot;.
Great idea!<br>just finished making mine.
http://www.wikihow.com/Pry-off-a-Watch-Backing-Without-Proper-Tools<br><br>I just made this. My watch also had a solid backing, so i searched it on google. A little prying and it came right off.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing that link. Enjoy your new watch.
I think you could/should have left the black ring with the numbers in the frame for a full &quot;clock&quot; effect......just my $0.02
Leaving the black ring is a neat option for a bit of a different look. If you leave the black ring you can use the rectangular watch component as a template for cutting the foamcore which is very useful!
Draw on a peace of paper a circle.<br> Draw a line from the center of the circle to the top and a line from the center to the right. Stick the paper on the watch. It will now tell the correct time at 12:15am, 12:15pm, 3:00am and 3:00pm<br> Put the watch on upside down and it will tell the correct time at 9:30am, 9:30pm, 6:45am and 6:45pm. No batteries required.
That's super! I will definately make this to replace my real watch when going out - I need to forget time some more
What a cool idea! Love that watch! Always accurate... LOL
What a fabulously clever project!
Waaaa!! I need one! xD
inspired... I love it
Cute, when I saw the title I was thinking you had used a mini digital picture frame and put it in a watch.
That is a great idea!
Great project!

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