When you buy a quartz watch – eventually you will have to replace the battery. This typically means a trip to the jewelry store – but can also learn how to do it yourself with a couple special tools. For the cost of one or two battery changes at a jewelry store you can buy the tools necessary and learn how to change a watch battery. This becomes even more valuable if you start a small (or large) collection of watches – you’ll be able to keep them all running for just the cost of a new battery.
What I’m going to recommend today is a website that teaches you all you’ll need to know about how to change a watch battery – and they also have the tools that you need right on the website.
The website is – esslinger.com
They have a lot of great videos on how to basically dissassemble/repair any kind of watch.
The one I want to focus on is How to Open a Watch Back
On this site they have step by step instructions on how to open 3 of the common type of case backs
- A watch back that screws off – this will have a series of notches near the edge of the case – you can use a tool called a Jaxa Wrench to remove the case back. Once the back is removed – you’ll have access to the battery.
- A Snap Off back – this type of case can be opened with a case knife. There is typically a notch along the edge of the case to place the knife under and pry off the case. Again – once the case is open you’ll have access to the battery.
- A watch back with screws – the case back will have 4 or possibly more screws holding the back onto the watch. Use a small screwdriver to remove the screws and access the battery.
Once you have the watch open – you’ll see the battery – it’s a small silver circle – with some numbers on it. The 3 or 4 digit number is the type/size battery that you need to buy to replace it. I typically search for the batteries on Amazon. – click to try it.
If you’re trying to find something local – I’ve had success finding them at Walmart – they are kept near the watch display in the store.
I hope this article helps some of you learn how to change a watch battery. I learned a lot of this information by trial and error throughout the years. I also really like the how-to articles on esslinger.com – it is an extremely useful website for anyone interested in watches – and specifically maintaining their own watches.
If you’re looking for suggestions on a nice watch to buy – this way you’ll have something new to change a battery on and try out your new tools- check out all my reviews here.
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