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Watch battery replacement

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Watch battery replacement

I Have replaced watch batteries many times but on one watch I could not get the back to go on properly, the waterproof seal may have been the problem, anyhow had a look on the internet and found this you tube video (one of many)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqeL82PC0Rw
I Did not have a nut the correct size but found a large socket that was the perfect size so the back went on easily using the method shown.
Clearly this may not be a good idea for an expensive watch.
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Re: Watch battery replacement

Most expensive watches are automatic (don't need a battery).
I think watch shops pressure test repaired watches to make sure they are correctly sealed.
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Re: Watch battery replacement

not the ones I have used
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Re: Watch battery replacement

@gleneagles, you don't say that type of watch it is.  I tend to wear cheap watches for everyday use and if a battery needs replacing I take it to a man in the local market. Normally costs me £5 inclusive of the battery.
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not the ones I have used

I meant as in Patek Phillipe/IWC/Audemars Piguet/Rolex/Richard Mille/Bovet/Jaeger-LeCoultre
You get very few quartz watches from those manufacturers (one of the reasons they are very expensive is the automatic movements designed/developed/used)
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Re: Watch battery replacement

The watch shops I have used, do not pressure test afaik
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@gleneagles, you don't say that type of watch it is.  I tend to wear cheap watches for everyday use and if a battery needs replacing I take it to a man in the local market. Normally costs me £5 inclusive of the battery.
It's a Casio, had it about 5 years and it cost around £20, Have three other watches purchased in Bulgaria and Spain over 10 years ago for less than a fiver and all keep good time.
You can get a card full of batteries, about 20 or so in these pound shops but I find they last about 6 months.
The Casio battery was £2.75 from ebay..... remains to be seen if it is an original or fake only time will tell but it works at present
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Quote from: Oldjim
not the ones I have used

I meant as in Patek Phillipe/IWC/Audemars Piguet/Rolex/Richard Mille/Bovet/Jaeger-LeCoultre
You get very few quartz watches from those manufacturers (one of the reasons they are very expensive is the automatic movements designed/developed/used)
But my £5 quartz watches are more accurate
Smiley
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Re: Watch battery replacement

Do they tell the time to the Nano second ?Huh
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Re: Watch battery replacement

My watch sets itself from the time signal at 2am every day.
Then I wait until after 3 to be attended to on a 2 o'clock appointment...
Obviously not everyone's watch has this facility Sad
I remember getting an LCD watch for 99p and a replacement battery cost £1.50.
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But my £5 quartz watches are more accurate
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Yep, but you have to admire the mechanical movements of watches. Quite incredible how they come up with the designs and put everything together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNHP0qWId8I
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Re: Watch battery replacement

Whilst I agree with you, the inner workings of a watch remain out of sight unless you remove the back or it has a glass back, some watches, mostly pocket watches do have a glass front so the workings can be seen but this is fairly rare.

I would never buy an expensive watch even if I could afford it as there is always the worry of losing it or getting robbed.
The cost of servicing an expensive watch is likely to be well over a £100 . Reminds me of what they said about a Rolls Royce, if you asked how much it cost to run then you couldn't afford it.
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Exactly, which would make one exhausted to work to fund the price of their parts