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Watches and Watch Batteries

Discussion in 'Watches' started by jacobwilson99, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. jacobwilson99

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    I'm looking to buy a Victorinox Alliance. I can get it for $450 with a total 6 year warranty and lifetime battery replacement. Or, $300 with the standard 3 year warranty only.

    My understanding was that changing out the battery on a watch like that is around $25 from authorized dealers. With that, in 15 years, the $150 difference would pay for itself if the batteries last 3 years @ $25. I'm in California, btw.

    How much do your Victorinox battery replacements cost if you take them in? Which deal should I go with?


    thanks in advance.
     
  2. ScottAW

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    My goto jewelery store has a deal for $30, they cover my watch against damage and lifetime batteries. Look around and you may find a similar deal.

    Thats on a watch I didn't buy there. Just took in for a battery.
     
  3. CatherineM
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    I never let a jeweler touch my watch collection. I've been burned too many times. I learned to do my own battery changes and re-sealing. I've had broken watches and scratched cases at the hands of supposed professionals.
     
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    +1 on this

    I lost a watch due to water damage after a "profesional" changed the battery on it. He didn't seal it right. I went kayaking the next day. Watch didn't survive. They overcharge you for the batteries too.
     
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    When my watched need work done of any kind, they get sent back to tweet manufacturer.I picked out with victorinox, they're north American headquarters (I think) in about a half hour away so I drop everything off right at the source

    Sent from my Incredible 2 using Tapatalk
     
  6. jacobwilson99

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    I know how to change the battery, but the resealing is what I don't know. I would feel more comfortable about doing it myself if I knew more about this portion. Is there anything you could link me to for help?
     
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    The $450 deal is a good one only if you plan to keep that watch for 15 years. Also, as others have mentioned, be sure the guy is a real professional. He should have a machine that will allow the watch to be pressure tested after replacing the battery. This ensures that the case was indeed put back properly.
     
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    Anymore the only watches I consider are solar or kinetic. Almost every manufacturer makes one, never need to bother with a battery anymore.

    But if you've got your heart set on a design, obviously that's a different concern.
     
  10. jacobwilson99

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    I did my research. Found a place down the street that is recommended on Victorinox's website. They'll do it for around $15 and have a pressurized test to ensure proper sealing. That's 45 years of replacement until the $450 would have been a better deal.

    I think I'm gonna go with the $300 version. Thanks everyone!

    I almost got an eco-drive (probably still will in the future), but I can't get away from the Vic's design.
     
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    Heads up, lots of the eco-drive and kinetic watches do have a capacitor that will need to be replace at some point.
     
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    Yeah, that's the one thing I can't stand about Citizen's marketing claims about their Eco-Drive line. Eco-Drive is fantastic. Eliminates most of the disadvantages of a quartz watch. But after a decade or so, the watch will need to be shipped back to Citizen to have the battery replaced.

    Still, every SA says the same thing. "You'll never need to replace a battery again." Yeah . . . no.
     
  14. CatherineM
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    G-shock solars have batteries that have to be replaced at 7-10 years. Works the same as a regular battery change though.