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When someone wants a watch battery replaced and you've taken the time to remove the bracelet,open the waterproof back and remove the plastic retainer to get the battery out and test it to find it's ok,do any of you charge for this.

 

I don't repair watches or replace movements at the moment,only batteries,but it just gets on my nerves to do all this only to tell the customer I can't do anything.Maybe having a £2.50 charge to test the battery first might be a good idea.

 

What say you? :lol: :wink:

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I would say 80%ish movements replacement is easy, but some are and can be quite difficult if you haven't any expirience.

I think Lee would agree with me there :?

 

I would say 95% of movements replace OK, especially on mainstream watches. its a matter of building confidence and understanding.

 

I did change the date wheel from the supplied white one to the watches gold one and had to do some modification to get it to work that was tricky.

But the worst has to be when I first started I changed a movement in a paul smith design watch that I was adviced I would need to change the steams to fit its specific hands, No problem I thought!

the movement arrived in the morning post & I started straight away.......... I left work at 10pm! the longest job ever!

I simply couldn't get it working! I did it in the end and have replaced the battery twice since! I simply bit of more than my experience at that time could chew. So YES some are and can be quite difficult if you haven't any experience. But don't let that put you off! I didn't have the forum to help out with problems when I started!

 

Lee

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I like the advice on dial protection with the piece of paper, so simple yet I never thought of doing that. And, there's no-one more simpler than me. :lol:

 

I often think thats the beauty of this trade, many are self taught so think out side the traditional "training" box and come up with our own (sometimes) better ways to do things.

 

Lee

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Going back to the top of the thread there is a tester on the market which yo can place a watch on it and it is able to test is the battery is okay without removing the back of the watch . dont know about prices but when i saw it thought it was neat bit of kit.

 

Klazy

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The testers are available here

http://www.agthomas.co.uk/watch_battery_replacement_tools.htm

 

We use the Renata tester and the Etic Polytest.

I also picked up a Minit TimoCheck from Ebay which allows you to check the stepping motor without having to open the watch and use probes (as with the Etic)

This usually clears any small blockages that are preventing the hands from turning by making the hands turn at a fast speed.

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I also use the Renata tester.

Today I did one watch that beeped when put on the tester but the hands weren't moving,so removed the battery to find it needed replacing.A second watch was the same,hands not moving but beeped on tester, when I took the battery out and tested it,it was fine!!!

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I also have one of these testers, But no longer use it as a diagnostic tool as it doesn't give a true indication of the battery.

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I do however use it when the watch is pulsing but the movement isn't, to show the customer its the "convincer" to get them to have the movement replaced.

 

Don't forget to support our sponsors I believe Charles birch sell these!

 

Lee

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