02-04-2019, 04:11 PM
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Gents,

I have a Movado in which the battery died a few years ago and I never replaced it because the local Movado store told me they don't do service and I have to ship the darn thing to NJ.

Do you treat your finer watches as such? I do not need water resistance beyond rain, as the crystal is also cracked (I am not replacing that, the repair estimate exceeds the an entire replacement on the used market).

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 02-04-2019, 04:28 PM
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I take my watches to a neighborhood jeweler who replaces the battery in exchange for a $10 donation for the local food bank.

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 02-04-2019, 05:39 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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I’ve relied on my local jeweler for batteries, repairs and purchases for decades. He used to wave me off when it came to the battery changes, but I figure he wants to feed his family, so I shake his hand, say thank you, and leave the $10 on the counter.

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 02-04-2019, 07:46 PM
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  • SCOV
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  • Minnesota
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A good jeweler would turn down the work if beyond his or her scope.  Movado is a well recognized brand name.

I pay $15 including test of old battery and install new battery.

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 02-05-2019, 04:19 AM
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A kiosk in a mall, I have even had it done at a Wal-mart in the jewelry department......but last time they refused due to watch value, so I did it myself.
Hope the battery hasn't leaked. I gave my Dad a Nice watch and he never changed the battery and it leaked. ...watch ruined..... Confused

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 02-05-2019, 04:26 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(02-04-2019, 04:28 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I take my watches to a neighborhood jeweler who replaces the battery in exchange for a $10 donation for the local food bank.

Same here.

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 02-05-2019, 08:28 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Last time I changed the battery of my Tag Heuer I paid 30 euros I think...

Same for the Raymond Weil.

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 02-05-2019, 12:56 PM
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  • garyg
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The only battery operated watches I use are my old classic Accutrons from the days of your, and I change those myself.    The balance are automatics (some in the winder) or manual wind as you go ..

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 02-05-2019, 01:00 PM
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I have had the battery in Tag Heuer changed by my local jeweler.  That said, they did advise me that any water resistance certification would no longer be valid.  If I want it to be certified I need to ship it to.............drum roll..............New Jersey.  Fortunately I live in NJ so I can just drop it off myself.  And to all you folks who think Jersey is a large garbage dump, it's called the Garden State.  And the name actually fits.

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