Mens Watches UK Guide on how to replace a watch battery.
Replacing a watch battery can seem like a very daunting task. However, with our simple guide you should be able to achieve replacing a watch battery with ease. We have identified some great battery choices for when you are ready to replace your watches battery. The cost of changing your watch battery, and the different types of watch batteries. Continue the article to identify your watch’s back type and read our guides on how to remove a watch case back.
Great choices for replacing your watch battery and where to buy watch batteries
You can buy watch batteries from many places. Amazon is a great choice to buy watch batteries because of the great selection and prices they provide. If you go to a local store, they will often provide the battery and fitting. Or you can buy the battery in advance and take it to them. Check out some examples below:
Watch replacement tool
You may also want to consider a watch battery replacement and repair kit. This kit will give you most of the tools you need to repair, replace and change your watches battery and strap.
Watch battery replacement cost
The cost of changing your watch battery will depend significantly on whether you decide to change the battery yourself or go to a local repair shop. There are many stores that will replace the watch battery.
A general jewellers or watch specialist will often charge around £10, whereas you could go to a market vendor and they will charge less than £5. If you have a more pedigree watch, a Rolex, Omega or Tag Heuer for instance, then you may find you have to send it away to a specialist repair centre. You may also find that when the watch battery is replaced, your watch may lose it’s water guarantee.
Check out our suggested batteries above and guides below if you want to attempt replacing the battery yourself.
How to change your watch battery
Depending on the type of watch case you have will depend on the set of instructions to follow. You will find that there are four main types of watch cases. These are the snap back type, the screw off type case back, the watch case which is fixed with small screws and the swatch watch case. A good tip before you begin opening any watch case is to find an old toothbrush and gently brush any dirt/grime from the back of the case. This will help to avoid any dirt or grime entering the watch battery compartment.
Swatch battery replacement
Swatch Mens Windfall Black Dial Stainless Steel Bracelet
|The easiest one to replace is the Swatch watch case because they have a specially designed port to open up with a coin or similar object. You will find that similar guides will suggest using a 20 pence piece to help aid with opening the battery cover.
Begin by inserting the coin or if you are using the tool in the kit above, into the groove. Twist approximately a quarter of the way, anti-clockwise.
Turning it anticlockwise will release and undo the cover. Allowing you to lift it off with your fingers or tweezers.
This should then make the battery visible.
Using a sharp flat object, lift the battery from the compartment. If you find you can only get it out a tiny bit, try turning it over and let gravity do the rest.
Using a pair of tweezers, lift the new battery and place it in to the hole. Plastic tweezers would be best. You want to try and best avoid getting grease or dirt in to the battery compartment.
Return the cover, turning it clockwise to lock it in place.
Snap off watch case battery replacement
Watch case back removal tool
| If you have identified your watch case as being a snap off case back then this guide will help to replace your watch battery.
First of all you need to find the indent on the back of the watch case. It will be a small groove that will be big enough to slip a tool similar to the one on the left under.
Find this notch and slip the watch case knife gently under the tab. Twisting the knife can help. Use this to then put a small amount of pressure, lifting the case completely.
Locate the watch battery and remove accordingly. As before, a great technique to remove the battery is to use tweezers.
Put the new battery in with tweezers, and return the watch case back to its original place. Apply pressure until it clicks in to place.
How to replace a watch battery with a case held on by screws
Multi-piece screwdriver set for watches
| You will need a small screwdriver for this tutorial. The size of the screwdriver depends on the size of the screws.
A great screwdriver selection can be found on the left from amazon that should have you covered. This particular set has 5 screwdrivers, a 0.8mm, 1.0mm, 1.2mm, 1.4mm and a 1.6mm. This set can also be used to adjust any small screw, whether it is a screw in your sunglasses or adjusting a battery pack.
To begin, undo any clasp on the watch to remove any obstacles to the back of the case. Use a cloth to place the watch on and rotate the watch so the back of the case is facing you.
Using your screwdriver, undo the screws and remove the plate. You may find that there is a plastic cover on the inside, depending on the watch. Remove this and put to one side.
Locate the watch battery, this may be clipped in depending on the watch. If it has a clip, carry on, if not skip to the next bit.
Find the small gap near the battery and using a very small screwdriver or pin, push into the gap. Push away from the battery making sure the screwdriver or pin is still hooked, it should then release. This should then enable you to release the holder and remove the old watch battery.
Use another flat headed screwdriver and gently lever the battery from its place and from underneath the holder. Using tweezers replace the old batter with a new watch battery. Still using the tweezers, push the battery clip holder back in to place.
Return the plastic cover to the original position. Before you fix the case back on, check that the watch is working.
Great, it’s working, now return the case and screw the screws back in. A great tip for even distribution of force is to tighten screws on opposite diagonal corners.
Changing a watch battery with a screw-back watch case
Watch back case wrench
| If your watch case looks like the one on the left, we highly recommend you purchase a watch back case opener wrench. This inexpensive model on the left can adjust to fit from 8mm to 57mm.
Before you begin, undo the strap, and place the watch face side down on a piece of cloth or other soft material to avoid scratching the watch face.
Now lets begin. You will need to adjust the wrench to make sure it fits tightly between two end indent points on the back of the watch. The wrench on the left has a knurled wheel to adjust, similar to a normal wrench. Tighten the wrench so it clamps the indents tight.
Keeping the watch from moving, turn the wrench anti-clockwise. Once loosened, you will it easier to continue undoing the screw back by hand.
Now that the case back has been removed by using the watch back case wrench, you should now be able to identify where the battery is located.
If you find the watch battery is located under a clasp, use a small screwdriver to help you lever the clasp out. Put the screwdriver in to the small grove by the top of the clasp and gently lever it out from the holding points. Ease the battery out with a flat head screwdriver.
If the battery is held under a spring clip, use your finger/thumb nail to hold this to one side and use a small flat head screwdriver to gently ease the battery out.
Using tweezers, put a new battery in to the holding space.
Check the watch works and if so, return the spring or clasp to the original position and put the case back on. Check that you haven’t trapped the ring seal before you begin to screw the case back on with your fingers. Use the watch back case wrench to tighten it.