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Old 01-29-2004, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default How much should replacing a watch battery cost?

Called up Bailey, Banks and Biddle from someone's advice here, and they quoted me at $45, and also mentioned that they "seal the gasket" to make sure it's still waterproof. Does this sound right?
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:42 AM   #3
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Default Depends on the watch...

A fossil watch...$5-10. A swiss watch...generally, yes, a jeweler will replace the seals while they are in there, and they'll get you for $50-70 for the "service".
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:43 AM   #4
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Default what kind of watch depends on the make really

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Default i will never take a watch to bbb

i tried taking in my tag once and they fuxored it all up.
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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Default what type of watch? a normal watch battery is $5 to $8. unless you're dealing with high end watch.

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Default i use a jeweler who doesn't charge at all...

and it pays off for him since i tend to shop there first for bobbles for the wife.
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:45 AM   #8
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Default BULL-SH*T

Watch batteries and replacement are the #1 markup item for a jeweler. (my dad was one, so I should know).

They're just BS'ing you about the gasket, etc. A battery is pennies wholesale. The biggest issue is knowing the type of back you watch has and if you need any tools to get it off.

Go to a local small jeweler. The mall stores will rip your a*s off.
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Default No way, I had an Eco-drive. It lasted three years and died

It lost the ability to hold a charge and was going to cost more then a battery to fix.
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:47 AM   #10
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Default Depends on the watch - some batteries do cost $40

not many - but some do.
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:47 AM   #11
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Default Oh, it's a Tissot...

not really high end, but for some reason, the local mall watch place wouldn't do it... said they couldn't work on Swiss watches or something.
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Default Yes, my tag was around 25 though. If your includes a seal, It sounds ok, not great but ok.

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Old 01-29-2004, 08:49 AM   #15
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Default Damn, ok, thanks, I'll call around.

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Default Ask them whether or not they are doing a pressure test.

If they just use air pressure, then $45 is about right, but water/condensation might still get through the seal. My friend went the cheap route with her TAG and got condensation under the crystal. I had mine sent back to the factory to get new seals and I've had no condensation problems. I paid a boatload more, but my watch is in perfect running order.
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Default hahaha.. cant work with swiss watches?

how are they even in business?
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Default i don't have batteries in my watches.

perpetual, bebe. i'm old skool.
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Old 01-29-2004, 08:53 AM   #19
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Default heheh, that's what i thought too...

but the kid looked like he was still in HS... prolly a good idea he didn't do the battery swap.
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Default yeah, that's the thing...

You pay a small fortune for a watch, then some schmuck replaces the battery and you get condensation inside. Can that ever be repaired, or do internals begin corroding quickly once exposed to moisture? I don't really know, so I bring both of my nice watches back to the dealer I bought them from when they need to be opened up. They have indicated to me that they replace the seals, and pressure test (didn't specify what kind, but I'll ask next time I'm there).
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