watch batteries - where is the cheapest place for install?

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ok - my battery on my watch died - the guy in my bldg at work wants $15 - which is stupid

anyone know where to go for this?

thank you

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easy/cheaper to do by yourself...

a good guide:

i get watch batteries from:

go to a local mall that has a watch store. I had mine done for $5-7.

Just go to Radio Shack and buy the battery there. Then ask someone there if they can help you install it. Try to go when they are not too busy. It takes all but 2 minutes to change it.

Buy your watch battery installation kit from


and install it yourself. Then you can start installing other peoples batteries and charge them $15 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Some drug stores will do it for the price of the battery.

Just install it yourself. Most discount and department store chains won't do it anymore (If you bought the watch there, they may be a little kinder) because of employees breaking too many watches and then of course, people demand the store buy them a new watch...

I went to a jewelry store for watch resize. They did it for free.

If you learn to do it yourself, you wont have to rely on other people.

Well doing it yourself may not really be an option. I bought a chiepie watch a while back and in a year and a half the battery died. So I bought another one and put it in and it died in a month and a half, so I did it again and it happened again. Turns out my watch needed to be repressurized after the battery was installed. So I went to the mall and paid like $15 to install a battery into my $30 watch. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>


I had a battery changed for $5 once, but the dude opened my watch with freaking needlenose pliers and scratched the hell out of the case. So I bought an inexpensive Jaxa-style wrench on eBay, and now I change batteries myself.

Wal-Mart is the cheapest I know of. Under $5 if memory serves.

WalMart is definitely the cheapest. I know it's less than $5. I don't try to change batteries anymore after the time the battery flew out while I was changing it and I had to search for any hour to find it. It landed in a shoe. Pay to get it changed.

If your watch is worth something and is waterproof, I would recommend having your watch pressure tested. This will ensure the seal was seated properly to allow for waterproofness. If you ask jewelers that retail high-end watches, they will say that a pressure test will cost you $100 or more. Call around your city and find a jeweler who has a pressure chamber on-site. I have found one jeweler in Minneapolis who will do a chambered pressure test and battery change for $20. Definitely worth the peace of mind.

If you have an Interstae Battery store close by I would try them. Around here (Fargo) they always have coupons for watch batteries installed for $3.95.

I know the jewelry store Zales charges $15 for lifetime battery change. You pay $15 once and they will change it every time the battery dies. All you do is bring in your receipt and insto chango for lifo. I don't recommend this for some who loses receipts easily but if you figure to have the watch a while and battery will need changed every 2-3 years it might well be worth it.

My little local jewelry store just charges you for the battery ($5 for my last one) and will alway put them in for free.

Do NOT go to Sears. They did a good job, but it only took about two minutes and they charged $10. That is $300.00 per hour. A little steep.

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