Your Watch Died!
The time is only Correct Twice a Day!
So you’re thinking about Changing the Battery yourself.
But Before you Change that Watch Battery, read this first…
A Battery Supplies the Simple Juice needed for the Hands, Date, Alarm, Lights, and Music to work.
Changing the Battery is normally a Simple Procedure. Not a Big Deal? Right? HA!
Here we go…
To Start off, most Watches have Backs that are Hard to get off. Some Twist, some Pop off, Half Require Special Tools that Clamp into the Grooves on the Back of your Watch to give it Leverage so you can Rotate the Cover off.
Then, if you can Pop or Rotate the Back off, you’re now looking into the Guts of the Watch.
Here’s where it gets FUN!
Watches are Unique Little Machines. Almost all Watch Brands and inside Movements are similar, but Laid out Different. The Size of the Battery, the Position of the Battery (Cell), the Clamps are all different from Watch line to Watch line. Plus some Watches have Very Tiny Screws holding things down. You may not have a Screwdriver Small enough to work. And if you have Large Hands you may have a hard time getting it all back together again.
So let’s get into…
5 Reasons why you SHOULDN’T Change your own Watch Battery!
1) Warranty Void
It will normally VOID your Watch Warranty. Read the Manufacturer’s Replacement Battery Manual. Most Warranties require you to send your Watch out to an Authorized Dealer or Watch Repair Center for that “Simple” Battery Change. Some take as long as 2-6 weeks for a Battery Change, but there’s no Guarantee. That’s a long time. Hope you have a Spare Watch.
If your Watch never got Moisture under the Glass, if you were able to Wear you Watch in the Rain or Shower without it Fogging up, if you were able to Wear you Watch Swimming or Snorkeling, then watch out… Opening the back of the Watch up will always BREAK your Seal and Gasket, and your Watch will no longer be air-tight.
Your Watch from then on will Leak, get Wet and Corrode the Insides with Horrible Rust. Be Careful about that Gasket. Especially if you have one of those Waterproof or Water-Resistant Watches. If you Break the Seal, Rust up your Parts, that will also VOID your Warranty.
You’d have to Pay to have it Fixed, Warranty or Not!
Still thinking about Changing that Watch Cell?
Let’s keep going…
3) Jump Started?
Some Watches need to be Jump-started! What? Yep, some Watches need to get re-started by taking Narrow-Pointed Watch Jeweler Tweezers and connecting Point A inside your Watch with Point B! That’s Crazy eh? Usually if your Watch is the type of Watch that needs to be kick-started, it will say so on the inside of the back Cover’s Lid. Look before you Leap!
4) Blank Cells
Some Batteries have Symbols, Weird Markings, Numbers, Words, or even nothing at all to Identify the type of Battery it is. I really have seen some BLANK Watch Batteries! (in that case a Watch Battery Selector Sizer is Necessary!) Remember, a lot of Watch Movements are made over-seas, and what you get may be in a Foreign Language. What you may see is this: Y5o&CC3-L. And we all know how hard it is to Translate those Godzilla Movies! It gets very tough sometimes trying to find a Watch Battery Converter Booklet that really does convert all types of Gibberish Batteries! (But you can use my Watch Battery Replacement Chart!)
Plus it gets Trickier, because some Batteries look alike. Some are the Same Width, but NOT the Same Depth. Some are Low Voltage and some are High Voltage. Will you choose the right cell? If not, you could Short-Circuit your Watch and Fry the Insides!
5) The Cover Bends!
You’ll Warp the Back Cover!
Seriously! So many people try to Push the Cover back on thinking they’ve did it. Many don’t succeed! Many actually Bend the Back. Once you Warp that Metal Cover, it gets Extremely Tough to Straighten it Back up again and Snap the Cover on. I’ve been there. Trust me! Without a Real Watch-Press, it’s almost an Impossible Feat! (Almost ALL Water Proof Watches, like Diver’s Watches will NEED this Watch Press Tool!)
You may Save a Couple of Bucks doing the Battery Change yourself. But you could also Short-Circuit your Watch, Break the Stem off, Crack the Crystal or Band, and then you’ll realize, that “CHEAP” Battery Replacement just Cost you a LOT of Money!
Let the Pros do it!
Plus if they do happen to Break your Watch while Changing your Battery, they’ll Fix it for FREE!
One more thing to Remember…
if you have one of those Watches that Plays Music (a lot of cute Holiday Watches are like this), chances are, your Watch has More than one Battery! And more than likely, you’ll have to Dig down a Couple of Layers within the Watch Movement just to find it. Almost like the Game “Operation”
So Good Luck there!
And when you Pop your Minute hand off, Bend your Alarm Buttons, or Rip your Leather Strap…
Don’t say I didn’t Warn you!