While checking the time on my 2.5 year old Apple Watch - original series one a couple weeks ago the watch face just fell off. Aparently the adhesive dried out and let go. Apple wanted the standard $250 to repair...yikes! I turned to the great folks at iFixit. I figured I would replace the battery at the same time. I also didn’t take any chance and also opted to replace the force sensor as well.
It took about 2 hours to do the full battery, force sensor, and adhesive replacement. I was very careful and took my time. The repair guides were estremely helpful.
Here is advice I would give to those getting ready to tackle this tri-fecta repair:
- Make sure you have at least 3 of the adhesive rings available. Replacing the force sensor take 2 minimum and, well, it’s easy to mess one up trying to place it during assembly.
- There is the one single screw. Recommend getting the the Tri-lobe Y000 tool. I manage with a very tiny flat blade jewler’s screwdriver but it was not easy.
- Be meticulous in cleaning the old glue. Recommend using something a bit stronger than alchohol to clean the gooey residue. I used lighter fluid (naptha) and it works far better.