Part 5 of safeguarding your vintage watch: a series for the enthusiast

Welcome back to the next edition of our latest series. We have brought you 4 interesting instalments so far which brings us to part 5. We have made efforts to cover all bases when discussing each part of the series so far, so that no matter which type of watch you have, if it’s antique pocket watches or vintage wrist watches, we have some kind of advice you can take away from it.

Today we have moved on to discuss the battery.

pieces of time antique pocket watches

Batteries included

The average life of regular watch battery, Quartz for example, is normally between two and three years. We can pinpoint the life of the battery on a number of aspects: age of the movement and condition of the watch, along with the type of watch—analog/chronograph or digital (for the non-vintage readers). It sounds simple but the more functions a watch possesses, the regularity of battery replacement will inevitably increase.

When a battery no longer has the power to keep the watch running, it’s important to have it changed swiftly. The reason for this is that if you don’t, you are then in the realms of risking battery leakage and potentially causing damage to the other mechanisms of the timepiece.

It’s essential to have your watch batteries changed only by an expert. Surprising how many people have compromised their watches by endeavouring to change the battery themselves. Unless you’re certain of what you are doing, don’t do this, it’s really not worth the trouble if you make a mistake.

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