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Replacing a Watch Battery


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August 28, 2018

Replacing Your Watch Battery - face of the watch after battery has been replacedI always took my watches to the jeweler to have them replace the battery, at a cost of $8-$15. I saw watch batteries for the first time at Dollar Tree, and decided that I would try to replace them myself. Dollar Tree sold them 4 to a pack, which ends up being 25 cents to fix a watch.

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Total Time: 5-10 minutes

Supplies:

  • watch
  • batteries
  • small screwdriver
  • toothpick

Steps:

  1. Place your watch down on a towel, to protect the face.
  2. Replacing Your Watch Battery - place watch on a towel to protect the face
     
  3. The hardest part is taking the back off. There is a notch someplace on the back. Stick a very small flat head screwdriver in and pry off the back.
  4. Replacing Your Watch Battery - find the notch and use a tiny flat head screwdriver to remove the back
     
  5. Some watches have a plastic piece covering the battery. If yours does, remove it.
  6. Replacing Your Watch Battery - opened watch with plastic battery cover still in place
     
    Replacing Your Watch Battery - remove the plastic covering the battery
     
  7. Use a non-metal tool to pop the battery out. I used a toothpick. Look at the number of the battery imprinted on the top. That is the replacement battery to buy.
  8. Replacing Your Watch Battery - once battery is exposed use a non-metal tool to pop it out
     
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  9. Put the new battery in. Check to see that the watch works.
  10. Replacing Your Watch Battery - replace the battery with the proper type, check to make sure the watch is working
     
  11. Replace the plastic piece that covers the battery, if you had one.
  12. Replacing Your Watch Battery - replace the plastic battery cover if there was one
     
  13. Replace the back. You may have to press hard to push it back in.
  14. Replacing Your Watch Battery - replace the back
     
  15. Make a note of which type of battery your watch uses, to make it easier next time.
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May 30, 2007

My watch battery suddenly went out on the weekend, so I looked for cheap watches and they were almost $10 and hideous. So I went to the 99 Cent Store and got myself a Betty Boop watch (They had Lucy ones, too, really cute.)

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November 11, 2010

How do you change the battery of a Timex watch that takes a CR1216 battery?

By dg from MN

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

I take my watches where ever I am going to buy the battery and they install the battery for me. I usually do this at WalMart.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

Radio Shack will also install a new battery in your watch. It was closer than a drive to WalMart for me and I figured I saved it on gas in my car to have them do it and buy the battery there.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

FYI - Walmart will only change batteries in watches they sell. If you did not buy your watch at Walmart they will not assist you in changing your battery.

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Another bit of info, when I lived in Maryland I found a jewelry store that would sell me a lifetime warranty watch battery. They installed it as well. It cost a little more, but every time I needed a battery I went back to them and got a new one installed no questions asked. That lasted 8 years and about 5 batteries until I moved away. I still have that watch and if I went back they would probably replace it again. God I loved that.

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November 12, 20100 found this helpful

Any jeweler shop will do it. I don't think I would trust an inexperienced Radio Shack employee to change a watch battery.

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November 12, 20100 found this helpful

I have to agree with those that go to a jewelry shop (my best experiences are with locally owned businesses) for watch battery replacement. Even if they don't have exactly what you need on hand, the good ones will find a replacement battery for you within days and will probably clean and shine the watch as well.

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March 17, 20110 found this helpful

Need watch batteries. I say Dollar Tree all the way. They have several different sizes all for just $1.00.

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February 11, 2011

I am looking for a replacement batterer for a Fossil wrist watch FS 2689 (250001). If the back is opened, do I need to replace the waterproof gasket?

By Andrew

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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

I took mine to a watchman/jeweler. They only charge a few dollars for installation + battery.

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

You can find directions on the internet for changing Fossil watch batteries, but I think you'd be better off having it done. I know, jewelers charge a lot. Maybe you can find an experienced repair person who charges less. Maybe a Batteries Plus store would know someone.

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You do have to put that little rubber gasket back in, and if it's broken, you need to get a new one. Otherwise, your watch will no longer be water-resistant (no such thing as waterproof).

Some watches have notches on the back which are just for decoration, and those watch backs can be popped off with a thin knife blade, but I think Fossil backs have to be unscrewed.

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February 15, 20110 found this helpful

We take our Fossil watches to the Dakota Watch kiosk at the mall. They have to use a special tool to get the back off.

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February 17, 20110 found this helpful

Both of my daughters have Fossil watches and when contacting the company they were told that the warranty on the watch (usually lifetime) would be voided if the battery was not replaced by an authorized Fossil dealer. Yes, it's a tad pricey, but to keep the lifetime warranty I believe it's worth it!

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May 13, 2007

I change the battery myself on my watches (I have a large collection). The only problem I have is the musical watches. I can change the battery for the music portion of the watch but I still can't get any music to play. The watch portion (time keeping) will be fine. The music portion is a piece that you have to remove completely if you want to change the battery for the time keeping portion of the watch.

It looks like I put that piece in the same way as it was originally but I don't know if I have to "do" something special to get the music portion of the watch to work once its been removed and put back. Can anyone help me with this?
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Mary from Bakersfield, CA

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October 14, 20200 found this helpful

where can i get the ANSWER?

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October 15, 20200 found this helpful

This was posted way back in 2007 and never received any answers. I would suggest posting a new question to see if anyone can assist you.

www2.thriftyfun.com/.../index.lasso?share=11

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September 6, 2013

What size screwdriver is needed and what size battery is needed? The watch is a ladies small watch.

By Les C.

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September 15, 2009

What is the simplest way to get the back off a wrist watch to replace a battery?

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November 11, 2010

I purchased a Sharp men's bracelet watch on clearance for $7. The original price was $15, but it doesn't run.

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I am thinking that it needs a new battery. Where can I purchase a not too expensive battery for it?

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