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Top Misconceptions About Watches

August 26, 2013

1.  If I pull the stem out on my quartz watch, I'll save the battery life.

Actually, when you pull out the stem on the watch, it simply puts a lever against the gears to stop them, however the battery is still supplying power to the watch.  You just don' see it.  If you want to truely stop the battery from supplying power to the watch, you must remove it completely.

2.  I don't need to replace my watch battery annually.

Watch batteries like many other batteries can leak if left in a watch for an extended period of time.  Many people think they can simply change their battery when the current one stops. But, having a professional change your battery annually is a good practice and opportunity to have the rest of the watch checked out, including checking seals and gaskets.

3.  Anyone can change a Watch Battery.

Letting an unskilled Big box store associate change your watch battery is like playing Russian Roulette with your watches life.  As professional jewelers, we see countless instances where someone brought their watch to xxxx-Mart and they messed up their watch.  They either couldn't get thewatch back, back on the watch or they broke the crystal trying to get the back on.  There are specific tools designed for putting watch backs on and stores like these do NOT have these tools.  There is more than meets the eye when it comes to changing a watch battery.  Inadvertently touching one of the inner parts with a metal tool could permanently damage the watch.  Or changing a battery on a watch that has a bad gasket and not changing the gasket will result in moisture getting in the watch and permanently damaging it. 

4.  All I need to do is change the battery and I'm good.

You may get by for awhile with just changing the battery, but there are other items that need to be checked including the gaskets and seals.  They should be lubricated to keep them lasting and or replaced if worn.  Not doing this will result in a untight seal, which could allow mosture into the watch and destroy the movement and/or significantly reduce the life of the watch.

The Quartz watch and movement is a highly sophisticated piece of technology and you want to make it last.  This is why it makes sense to have a professional perform the proper maintennce service to keep it running accurately and for as long as possible.  Besides, isn't a couple $ more once a year worth it?

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