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OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: UGLYTRUK ()
Date: August 08, 2018 07:27AM

Over the years I've bought a few vintage watches, and the common denominator is I'm happy with the watches, but the batteries go dead. So I cracked open all the cases this morning, and all five take different batteries, what a PIA. but I'm afraid if I try snap the back cover into place, I'll crack the crystal. So eBay and Amazon sell watch presses. Anybody have any experience with these before I pull the trigger on a $15 piece of crap from China?

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: oldqmguy ()
Date: August 08, 2018 01:44PM

For "what-it-is-worth" I take my watches to Batteries Plus Bulbs. They sell life-time warranty batteries and do the install for you. If "they" mess it up, they will fix or replace it!

JMHO!

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: August 08, 2018 01:57PM

I take mine to a local Jeweler place. $15 total. (Price of battery included) lasts 2 1/2-3 yrs.
It's a Fossil, so not just anyone will touch it. Wally-world, Big box stores,..Nope. Jeweler..

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: UGLYTRUK ()
Date: August 08, 2018 02:27PM

Energizer batterys are $1.50 each shipped, no name are a dozen for $2& look it up on ebay, but I'll be a sport and spend the $1.79 for a name brand button-cell. No batterys-bulbs around here

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: August 08, 2018 05:56PM

My son likes his old watches, tried a cheap press, seemed like something was going to break. Then I said put the watch in the oven at the lowest temp for a while that will drive out moisture and expand the case. Then we put the crystal over the center of a roll of electrical tape, put the back in place and hit the back with a good blast with freeze spray. One good shove with a thumb and done. Worked for us.

J.O.

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: 63vert ()
Date: August 08, 2018 06:55PM

I use a big socket on the crystal side with a rag, and press firmly. Works every time.
Your results may vary

Rockingham, NC

1962 Greenbrier
65 110 4speed

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: August 09, 2018 01:38AM

I just wind mine. No batteries required.

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Re: OT-Watch Battery Instalation Press... What To Buy?
Posted by: aircooled6 ()
Date: August 09, 2018 12:46PM

What are these "Watch" things? My phone tells me the time.

Actually, I have an old Rolex Submariner that winds itself. For some unknown reason, it doesnt fit around my wrist anymore. It did when I bought it in 1985. I just dont understand how that Stainless Bracelet shrank.

Come to think of it, the distance between the steering wheel in my Brier and my stomach seems to have shrunk a whole lot, also.

Everett Wilson
North Richland Hills TX
(Now, South of 820!!)
64 Greenbrier 110 with 95 heads/PG

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