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    Battery Replacement ? for Quartz Watch Owners

    I was curious for those that have several watches what do you do when your batteries die?

    I've been rocking an automatic now for quite a while but have a box of some watches that I wear seasonally or have emotional attachment to. I just checked the other day as I usually wear one particularly around Christmas time and I'd garner that one and overall 4 of them are dead.

    Do you replace yourself? Take them all to one company? Do them one at time? Looking for any sort of advice as I figure out what to do. I won't wear many of them as I now prefer one nice watch for 90% of my watch wearing.

    #2
    I bought a watch tool kit and I replace all of the batteries and gaskets myself. Minimal effort and it satisfies my unending need to open things up and look at them!

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      #3
      A few years ago the battery in my Tissot died. I took it to a local watch repair shop to have it replaced and ‘re-waterproofed’. I have no idea what kind of waterproofing could have been done in that 10 minutes but decided whatever it was it wasn’t worth the 30 dollars. So when the battery died again recently I just bought some batteries along with some gaskets and silicone grease and replaced them myself.

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        #4
        If it has a press back, I take it somewhere. I hate those things. Screw backs I do myself.


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          #5
          I take my watches in to the local watch shop/guy to get the battery replaced.

          Funny you should bring up this post. I looked in my watch box this morning and three of my quartz watches were dead. I'll likely leave them that way, at least in the short term. I am pretty much exclusively wearing automatic watches these days. If/when I have some international travel coming up, I may think about changing the battery then.

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            #6
            The waterproofing thing is no joke. And the pressure fit ones v. a screw back are sometimes difficult to get back on. I usually take batteries to get swapped by someone with the right press, so I can be sure of a good seal.


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              #7
              Originally posted by idvsego View Post
              If it has a press back, I take it somewhere. I hate those things.
              i'm at the point where i just don't buy them LOL they do stink to take off.

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                #8
                Originally posted by evanparker View Post
                i'm at the point where i just don't buy them LOL they do stink to take off.
                Yeah, I dont buy them anymore but I have received a few as gifts.

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the updates gents. Sent one off with my wife this am to get a new battery. Will probably do one at a time. This makes me think I should sell off the non sentimental ones.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by idvsego View Post
                    Yeah, I dont buy them anymore but I have received a few as gifts.
                    I bought a watch case press off of Amazon two weeks ago because two of my quartzes have press backs. It took longer to find the appropriate size disc than it did to snap the caseback into place. The press cost me $18 and I figure it would have cost minimum $10 each to have one of those quick fix places in the mall do it. So I guess I made money on that deal!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by MediumTex View Post
                      I bought a watch case press off of Amazon two weeks ago because two of my quartzes have press backs. It took longer to find the appropriate size disc than it did to snap the caseback into place. The press cost me $18 and I figure it would have cost minimum $10 each to have one of those quick fix places in the mall do it. So I guess I made money on that deal!
                      I have one. Still hate them. Getting the backs off is more of a problem usually.

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                        #12
                        Watch repair people need to make a living too. Also, go solar!

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                          #13
                          In the town where I live we are fortunate that we have a local jewelry store who employs an older gentleman who is a certified railroad watch repairman.

                          I have several vintage mechanical watches and pocket watches that I have had him to clean/service/repair - all at very reasonable cost. I also have a number of quartz watches. When I need batteries replaced I take them to him and he replaces the battery for around 10 bucks and he will usually also do a quick clean and polish of the crystal along with the battery replacement. I'm going to miss this guy if he ever retires.

                          As someone else noted - watch repair people need to make a living too.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by idvsego View Post
                            If it has a press back, I take it somewhere. I hate those things. Screw backs I do myself.


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                            After a while of grunting and breaking a nail to snap it back, I decided to take it to a watch shop too. I should have asked for a simple watch tool kit for Christmas!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kongmw View Post
                              .... ‘re-waterproofed’. I have no idea what kind of waterproofing....
                              they should have a little water tank they pump up and get it up to maybe 20 to 40 psig depending on the watch and make sure it doesn't leak.

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