Watch Doctor

Simple Repairs



Answers

How do you change a battery?

Tools Needed:
Sharp Knife
Small Screwdriver (from an eyeglass kit)
Tweezers (the sharper the better)
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The first thing to do is check the back of the watch. If there are six notches in the back evenly spaced, you will need a needle nose pliers as well. These backs unscrew rather than pry off like most watch backs. They may be tight, so if it becomes too much of a struggle, go to a watchmaker.
The other backs need a knife to pry off. Usually there is a "lip" that the knife can fit underneath. Don't be afraid to be a little more aggressive with that sort of back. Be careful that you do not scratch anything.

Once the back is off, you should be able to locate this little round disk. Guess what that might be. If there is metal piece holding it in place, that is called a cell strap. Those need to be removed in order to get to the battery. Take the small screwdriver and CAREFULLY unscrew the cell strap screws. Use the tweezers to move the cell strap aside. At this point, the battery should be completely exposed. Using the tweezers, take it out. You can use a little more force than you think. However, beware of using too much.
On the battery will be some numbers. Go to a pharmacy or watch repair shop and match them up. Put the new one in, close it up and you are done. If the watch still does not run well or at all, you will have to have the watch fixed.
Once the battery is replaced, set it to the appropriate time.

How do you fix your watch band?

Tools Needed:
Any Blade
Tweezers with a point at the end
If the band just needs to be changed and it is leather, there is a spring bar holding the band to the watch. Using the blade or tweezers, grip the bar between the band and the lug holding the springbar in place. You can be as aggressive as you want to considering that you probably do not care about the band that is being replaced.
As you grip the spring bar, push downward so it is free from the lug and maneuver it out of the way of the lug. If you break the spring bar, go get a new one at a watch repair shop. They should only be a dollar or two.
Prior to putting the spring bar into the new band, widen the hole in the band so the spring bar can fit through easily. Once the spring bar is in the band, line it up with the holes that it initially came out of and maneuver it back into place.
If your watch band is metal, check to see if it is curved so it is flush against the case or flat across. If it is flat, follow the instructions as above. If it is curved, it is probably best to have it repaired by a watchmaker.

What is the differences between Manual, Automatic, and Quartz watches?

Manual vs. Automatic vs. Quartz Watches
Manual
These watches are also known as wind-up watches. They do not run on batteries Manuals are to be wound until they stop. The mainspring will not let you wind anymore. At that point, they will run from 24 to 36 hours and will need to be wound again. They need to be fixed if they are running too fast, slow, or not at all on a full wind.
Common Questions or Complaints
My watch will not wind.
It is over wound or the setting is rusty and needs to be serviced.
It needs a battery.
Yes, we get people who insist that this is the problem. Again, the watch needs to be wound or fixed.
I wound it but it only lasted 6 (or so) hours.
This becomes common when the dexterity required to wind the watch is lacking or when the crown is worn and you cannot get a good grip on it. If it becomes too difficult to wind a watch, we encourage a quartz conversion. Otherwise, something is blocking the winding and needs servicing.
Automatic
Automatic watches wind based on the movement of the wrist. If an automatic watch sits in a drawer for several days, it will stop. If the wearer is limited in movement, the odds of the watch getting the motion needed to wind it are low. These watches can also be wound using the crown. They will wind indefinitely but the watch will still move this way. The second hand always has a continuous sweeping motion in automatic watches.
Common Questions and Complaints
The mainspring must be broken because it just keeps winding.
Automatic watches wind forever. This is what they are supposed to do.
Since this watch is automatic, shouldn't it just keep time indefinitely?
Automatics cannot just sit in a drawer and keep time. They must have some movement to keep them wound and running.
Quartz
These watches run using a battery. The second hand moves one second at a time. They rarely move in a sweeping motion like the automatics. When the battery runs low, the watch will run slow, stutter, or completely stop. It is not uncommon for the battery to still be good and the problem to be with the watch. If the watch is still running but not keeping time, the problem is within the mechanics of the watch. If the watch has completely stopped, the problem may be the coil or the circuit and, thus, more costly.
Common Questions and Complaints
My second hand is going back and forth.
The watch is trying to move but something is blocking it. Sometimes, a new battery will do the trick. Otherwise, it needs servicing.
It won't run even with a new battery.
In this case, the problem is either mechanical or electrical. This would require professional service.
Be sure to check the troubleshooting page first.


What are the Common problems with most watches?

Troubleshooting:
If the watch has stopped:
  • Check to make sure that the stem is pushed in.

  • Make certain that all of the dial markers are on (they may be blocking the hands from moving).

  • Check to ensure that all of the hands are on tight (they will flop around if they are loose).

  • It may be the battery or rusty

  • Occasionally, an electronic part goes bad and needs replacing .

  • If the watch is a manual wind or automatic and slowing down:
  • The watch may not be given sufficient winding

  • The watch may need cleaning.

  • Occasionally, an electronic part goes bad and needs replacing .

  • If the watch is quartz and slowing down:
  • Check the same as if the watch had stopped (listed above)

  • It may be the battery .

  • The watch may need cleaning


  • Which watch is water resistant?

    It's important that you understand what you can expect from your watch. Here are the definitions
    for the water resistance standards:
    WATER RESISTANCE GRADE DEFINITIONS

    General Water Resistance
    A watch that on the case back is stamped "Water Resistant" and nothing else (no number).
    This watch is NOT water resistant in the following cases:
  • professional deep water diving;

  • recreational SCUBA diving;

  • bathing,

  • swimming,

  • snorkeling,

  • hot-tubbing.

  • It does have sufficient water resistant characteristics for:
  • being out in the rain

  • washing one's hands.

  • High Grade Water Resistance: The case back will be marked "Water Resistant 50m"(eters).
    This watch is NOT water resistant in the following cases:
  • professional deep water diving;

  • recreational SCUBA diving;

  • hot-tubbing, bathing.

  • It is water resistant for
  • swimming,

  • snorkeling,

  • being out in the rain

  • washing one's hands.

  • Divers Watch:The case back will be marked "Water Resistant 100m"(eters).
    This watch is NOT water resistant in the following cases:
  • professional deep water diving.

  • It is water resistant for
  • recreational SCUBA diving;

  • hot-tubbing

  • bathing;

  • swimming;

  • snorkeling;

  • being out in the rain

  • washing one's hands.

  • Professional Divers Watch: The case back will be marked "Water Resistant 300m"(eters) and up.
    This watch* is water resistant for
  • professional deep water diving;

  • recreational SCUBA diving;

  • hot-tubbing, bathing;

  • swimming;

  • snorkeling;

  • being out in the rain

  • washing one's hands.







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