Watches are built to last for a number of years. It is due to this expert manufacturing that high-quality timepieces often go many years without needing a battery replacement. However, it is often the watch battery that is the most common reason for watches no longer working. So, how much does it cost to replace a watch battery? The price of a replacement is often dependent on the watch itself and whether it is from a particular brand. In this article, our expert team at The Watch Lab will tell you all about watch battery replacement costs and what you need to know.

How long should a watch battery last?

The life span of your watch’s battery depends on the quality of the watch and its functions. Often, a brand new watch with basic functionality will last more than three years. However, if the watch is aged, the battery might only last up to two years. When considering your watch battery, it is important to bear in mind different factors that might affect the lifespan of the battery. For example, the watch battery will last for a shorter length of time if the watch uses functions such as lights, sounds, alarms, or if the watch is a chronograph.

How often should you change a watch battery?

It is often common practice that most people only replace their watch battery when the battery is no longer powering the watch. 
However, it is recommended to replace your watch battery every two years regardless as this will reduce any potential battery leakage.

Do old watch batteries leak?

Battery leakage happens when a dead battery is left in the watch after it is dead. If a dead battery is left inside a watch long enough, it will eventually leak battery acid which can create more damage to the insides of the watch. This is why it is useful to know when your watch needs a battery change so you can avoid any watch damage. 

How will I know when to change the battery in my watch?

Watch owners will think the time to change their watch batteries is when it’s completely stopped. However, you can spot when your battery is coming to the end of its life. A common indicator of this is when the watch hands (especially the second-hand) start twitching or skipping seconds. This often results in your watch inaccurately showing the time so you may find yourself changing your watch to the correct time.

If this happens to you, you should take this as an indication that your battery probably needs changing soon. This is when the watch battery replacement cost might start popping into your mind.

How much does it cost to replace a watch battery?

So, how much does it cost to replace a watch battery? Unfortunately this is a difficult question to answer. 

Watch battery replacement costs largely depend on the watch itself and the individual components involved in replacing the battery. The best way to get an accurate quote for changing your watch battery is to go into your local watch repair shop and have an assessment. You can also use our online watch battery replacement service.

Watch battery replacement cost at The Watch Lab

Here at The Watch Lab, we will give you a free, no-obligation quote at your nearest Lab. We operate in a large number of locations, so you’re sure to find a Lab within just a few miles of your location. 

Additionally, we also offer a convenient postal repair service so you can send your watch to us for free so you don’t even have to leave your home. 

Contact The Watch Lab today or book in for a free assessment at your nearest Watch Lab for your watch battery replacement and resealing.