Watch battery prices

arenaman

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I've just been told by Timpsons that it will cost £56 to replace a battery for a Casio Edifice wave ceptor watch.

They reckon they have to send it back to Casio and won't touch it themselves.

The watch probably isn't worth much more than that now.

Anyone else got a waveceptor and had a battery replaced without sending it back? Don't think I can justify that amount of money, if it was my Tag then yes but not a watch that only cost me £135 about 8yrs ago. :eek:
 

EarthRod

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Timpsons are very expensive.

I have a Casio wave captor purchased from a well-known jewellers, I was informed when I questioned the sales rep about the watch they would replace the battery.

Recommend trying a high street jeweller (for example Samuels) and seeing how much they charge.
 

loz_the_guru

Well-known Member
Have you thought about using an online service? I know they're usually used for fancy models, but people like Genesis Watches or Cheal Watches might be worth looking into?
 

offitmassive

Active Member
I replaced my G Shock watch battery myself, just used silicone spray on the seals at the back, tested it in a bowl of water - Not quite the 200m water proof protection it came with but i knew it didnt let water in for normal use
 

Mr.D

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Have you thought about using an online service? I know they're usually used for fancy models, but people like Genesis Watches or Cheal Watches might be worth looking into?
Do not go anywhere near Chealwatch I had two watches almost trashed by them. Cost me well over £500 to put right.

Use Duncan at Genesis or there are a couple of guys that specialise in electricals.
Batteries are pretty easy to change yourself.

I doubt Timpsons will do much better than you could do yourself. I’m sure most watchmakers would charge you less than that anyway. About £20-25 worst case scenario.

The casio might use a capacitor instead of a battery though. Depends what movement it is.
If you send it back to casio yourself they may just replace the entire movement as well as the battery.
 

LV426

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Staff member
batteries are usually about 25p.
...except that, in these watches, they are rechargeables, not the simple use once, disposable Lithium Cells. They have solar charging from the watch face. I suspect that may affect price.
 

smokedog

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When the batteries run out on my G-Shock I'm just going to replace it myself. There are loads of tutorial online.
 

Garrett

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I've just been told by Timpsons that it will cost £56 to replace a battery for a Casio Edifice wave ceptor watch.

They reckon they have to send it back to Casio and won't touch it themselves.

The watch probably isn't worth much more than that now.

Anyone else got a waveceptor and had a battery replaced without sending it back? Don't think I can justify that amount of money, if it was my Tag then yes but not a watch that only cost me £135 about 8yrs ago. :eek:
I been taking mine to a independent shop that sold watches and replaces batteries and been taking it there decades and on the last time with a watch the watch would not work with a new battery, so sent it to the manufactures and they could not repair it but told me of someone that was an expert and did old watches and I contacted them but soon as was asked who replaced the battery last time and I mentioned the battery had been replaced by an independent shop that was it, I was refused a repair.:eek:

I find Timpsons prices way over the top I found an old lock with one key and needed an other and went in there shop and gave them the key and asked 3 times how much for a new on cutting and got almost ignored whilst the key got cut and cost me more than buying a new lock with 2-3 keys.
I also heard them telling someone when I went in to get a door key cut (shame there no independent locksmiths in town now) telling replacing a battery was in the region of £20, and an other £25. Yet where I took mine cost about £4.50 in fact this was my new watch and when they replaced it said there been some corrosion on the contact and they cleaned it up.
 

MrFraggle

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I agree where Timpsons are concerned their prices are way over the top as i found out when I wanted a couple keys cut.
 

nheather

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You have to look at what they are including in the service.

Watch batteries are cheap, a lot less than £10 even if you go for a decent brand.

The bigger cost is the testing water proof watches are still water proof to the specified depth.

If you change the battery yourself or even go into Samuels where charge you £15 and disappear to do change while you wait, the watch is no longer guaranteed to be waterproof. Chances are, it probably is, but if it isn’t you have no recourse with the retailer or manufacturer.

So depends on what you want

Apparently the watch I am wearing now if waterproof to a greater depth than WWII submarines could go - how thy expect me to be wearing it at 200m is a mystery - but actually I never take it in the water at all, so I’m not that bothered.

But if you regularly wear your watch in the water then you may want to pay the extra.

But always check what you are getting - you might find that the £56 doesn’t even guarantee being water proof at depth.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

cosmicma

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timpsons or H samuels are 2 places i would never take a watch to have it's battery replaced

took a fairly old seiko watch to H samuels to have a battery replaced thinking they are authorised seiko dealers what could possibly go wrong
i asked could they change the battery in my watch and keep the water proofing and the person behind the counter said yes so i let them change the battery
all was well until i had a shower that evening the watch steamed up on the inside, it quite obviously wasn't sealed.
took the watch back and had a bit of an argument with a member of staff about it not being sealed which was promised at the time.
eventually they agreed to have the watch repaired but not by seiko which i found strange considering they are seiko authorised dealers they had their own independent repairers which is where the watch was sent to.

2 weeks later i got the watch back in good order with a little note saying because of the age of the watch we cannot guarantee the integrity of the seal

i wasn't very pleased i'd had that watch a long time

too many horror stories for me to even attempt timpsons especially with their battery for life offer they offered
 

nheather

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timpsons or H samuels are 2 places i would never take a watch to have it's battery replaced

took a fairly old seiko watch to H samuels to have a battery replaced thinking they are authorised seiko dealers what could possibly go wrong
i asked could they change the battery in my watch and keep the water proofing and the person behind the counter said yes so i let them change the battery
all was well until i had a shower that evening the watch steamed up on the inside, it quite obviously wasn't sealed.
took the watch back and had a bit of an argument with a member of staff about it not being sealed which was promised at the time.
eventually they agreed to have the watch repaired but not by seiko which i found strange considering they are seiko authorised dealers they had their own independent repairers which is where the watch was sent to.

2 weeks later i got the watch back in good order with a little note saying because of the age of the watch we cannot guarantee the integrity of the seal

i wasn't very pleased i'd had that watch a long time

too many horror stories for me to even attempt timpsons especially with their battery for life offer they offered
Absolutely all they do is pretty what you could do at home. They may have a vice and pry bars to make getting the back off easier but that is all.

They flip the back off, change the battery, put the back back on. Just as you would at home there is every chance the seal will fit nicely and waterproof. But they are just as cable of disturbing or damaging the seal as any of are. And like us they have no means of testing whether the watch is still waterproof.

Surprised they said it would be, they don’t normally make that guarantee.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

Tempest

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Just a thought on the pressure test.
Say you have a watch, place it in a container of water.

Then you place all of this inside a vacuum chamber, and suck all the air out. I can do this at work!
If, when it's under full vacuum no air bubbles come from the watch.
What, pressure/atmosphere wise would this prove?
 

spinaltap

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Last time I purchased a battery for my Rotary Watch I paid extra for their ‘battery for life’, from F. Hinds. Whenever the battery expires I will get a free replacement.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Just a thought on the pressure test.
Say you have a watch, place it in a container of water.

Then you place all of this inside a vacuum chamber, and suck all the air out. I can do this at work!
If, when it's under full vacuum no air bubbles come from the watch.
What, pressure/atmosphere wise would this prove?
I'd guess that under pressure the back will press against the case and seal, increasing it's water resistance. You are trying to test it's performance in a vacuum. While it's in the water it won't be under vacuum until all the water is gone. And at that point your test will only tell you whether it's ok to wear outside your space suit :)
 

Cliff

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Wow, so the watch is OK to wear in 200m of water or in outer space, but might leak in the shower.
 

aVdub

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I need to replace the batteries in mine and as it is not used in a wet environment have been considering doing it myself with a watch kit I have.
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Do it :) Unless it's a really expensive watch
 

outoftheknow

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Wow, so the watch is OK to wear in 200m of water or in outer space, but might leak in the shower.
That is almost always true if you look at watches and what then depths be etc mean. Watches are special - except for divers watches they will say water-resistant even at 100m or 200m. If they say that you can forget the word “proof”. Unless you have a divers watch and use it for that, you could do it yourself wth the same chance of it leaking in the shower or pool as when done in a shop. If you can get a new seal even better.

WAter proof normally means that the top rating for water ingress in the IP rating system. The depth is bugger all.

If they say water proof at any depth the watch will be expensive and most likely you return it for opening up. All others that say water resistant, don’t sweat it and don’t go diving and be surprised if they leak .
 

Cliff

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That is almost always true if you look at watches and what then depths be etc mean. Watches are special - except for divers watches they will say water-resistant even at 100m or 200m. If they say that you can forget the word “proof”. Unless you have a divers watch and use it for that, you could do it yourself wth the same chance of it leaking in the shower or pool as when done in a shop. If you can get a new seal even better.

WAter proof normally means that the top rating for water ingress in the IP rating system. The depth is bugger all.

If they say water proof at any depth the watch will be expensive and most likely you return it for opening up. All others that say water resistant, don’t sweat it and don’t go diving and be surprised if they leak .
Actually, I have had quite a number of watches that leaked. Just from showering.
I used to change the battery myself, but usually found the O ring had expanded and needed replacement. Even my present watch, a TAG, steamed up and I had to take it back to be sealed. I don't try to replace batteries myself anymore.
 

aVdub

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Do it :) Unless it's a really expensive watch

Just as an update.

Genuine Sony battery £1.49 delivered.
Watch tool a few £'s a while ago.

5 Minutes to carefully remove cover.
A few minutes to ensure battery is removed carefully and without causing any damage.
New battery back in, cover very well sealed and time set.

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