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And that's the ones I can't get open. I do have a Jaxa, it doesn't grip (on one I don't even see where it could grip).
I got two of those watches sitting on the shelf waiting to be tried on again or be thrown away (chances of the latter are getting better by the day),
Pics? Some have a bevelled sawtooth edge. Jaxa's usually have bits to suit those (but they're a crap system for keying the back).
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Awww, back on the money. I was aiming for fun.
Yes and no. If Jim has no possible use for the tool then selling it means that someone who _does_ want one gets some fun out of it. (McT wanted to get into cabinetmaking recently.)
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Old 21.09.2017, 18:54
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

I hear Apple's coming out with a new watch.

It might even tell time.
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Old 21.09.2017, 18:57
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I hear Apple's coming out with a new watch.

It might even tell time.
Who's dial are they going to counterfeit this time?
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Old 23.09.2017, 14:48
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Pics? Some have a bevelled sawtooth edge. Jaxa's usually have bits to suit those (but they're a crap system for keying the back).

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My tool only grips at two places. Which might also be a disadvantage.
But on the watches there should be notches to get a grip on .... and there aren't on those two
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My tool only grips at two places. Which might also be a disadvantage.
But on the watches there should be notches to get a grip on .... and there aren't on those two
The 3 "tooth" Jaxa does give 33% more driving force/notch, and it keeps itself perpendicular, so they are better than the two tooth tools. The two tooth tools are often cheap stampings, so the edges are rounded on one side. Dressing the faces with a stone to make sure that the faces are flat will help a bit.

If the case back has no serrations at all then it is usually a pop off back... cheap watches sometimes don't have a notch to get the knife started (or one which is so small that it isn't any use.

What you could try is friction. There are rubber balls made with a high friction rubber, basically you press the ball onto the watch back and twist. I have sometimes resorted to gluing a nut onto the case back to be able to rotate it - on a cheap watch the notches are sometimes there, but so poorly formed that you can't develop any force.

The blue watch is probably a snap off back.
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

how long does a battery last on the average?
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Old 03.11.2017, 17:13
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how long does a battery last on the average?
Depends on how boring your life is, it can last for ever.

Mine seem to last a bit over a year but I'm not sure. (All I know is that they all stop at the same time, which is a drag).
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Old 03.11.2017, 17:36
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how long does a battery last on the average?
Usually 1-2 years.

But it depends on the watch, and if the mechanism needs cleaning and oiling or not.

Even with a hermetically sealed case the lubricant oxidises and adds drag to the mechanism.

For a watch that you only wear on special occasions, get the battery changed every 2nd year (or change it yourself). Once a battery leaks there isn't much a watchmaker can do.
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I think I am getting lazy and stupid.
Yesterday, my watch (a Swiss Military one which cost about 80 CHF about 6 years ago) ran out of juice.

Usually, I went down to the local watch place in Brugg (Migros) - and they changed the battery for cost - about 5 CHF.

Now this place has been incorporated into Mirgos M-Electronic and this service has been discontinued.

I know that I can probably prise open the watch with my Swiss army knife and find out what battery is inside and replace it - but I always worry about the seal.

I went round various Jewellers and watch shops and got quoted prices between 22 CHF and 32 CHF - for maximum 5 minutes work.

This must be a problem for lots of people - do you just pay the money - or do you just do it yourself?

Are there any other cheap places left in Switzerland that can do this operation with the correct tools and TLC? (for the right price).

If I did not have to worry about the seal - I would just change it myself - but my eyes are not quite what they used to be.

I understand that time is money - but in Migros, the last time, it probably took about 2 minutes.
1. Migros person (unqualified person usually), therefore it is gratis service. Do this at your own risk.

2. Reputable shops, they send their people for training every year for all kinds of watches. This costs money. Also many of them are "guaranteed" if the battery fails for any reason within some days. They will redo the battery change for free. Beware, many will not reseal your watch for you (eg: Omega, Tudor, etc) unless you ask them to do the reseal and repressurise test. (many expensive watches including rolexes, once opened by untrained people, are no longer waterproof despite heavy marketing)

You pay for what you get. If you want cheap, go cheap. If you value your watch and want quality, then pay. Someone here said accurately, "they also want their 120k". So right.
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

Went to Waldshut to have two watch batteries replaced, one for a Tissot, the other a Rado.
Shop is on the Haupstrasse, no. 71

I waited at the shop, maybe 10 minutes.

Total cost : 13 euros
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

Do the right thing and buy a solar watch. I had one from Junghans and it was still going strong until it was stolen a couple of months ago.
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I think I am getting lazy and stupid.
Yesterday, my watch (a Swiss Military one which cost about 80 CHF about 6 years ago) ran out of juice.

Usually, I went down to the local watch place in Brugg (Migros) - and they changed the battery for cost - about 5 CHF.

Now this place has been incorporated into Mirgos M-Electronic and this service has been discontinued.

I know that I can probably prise open the watch with my Swiss army knife and find out what battery is inside and replace it - but I always worry about the seal.

I went round various Jewellers and watch shops and got quoted prices between 22 CHF and 32 CHF - for maximum 5 minutes work.

This must be a problem for lots of people - do you just pay the money - or do you just do it yourself?

Are there any other cheap places left in Switzerland that can do this operation with the correct tools and TLC? (for the right price).

If I did not have to worry about the seal - I would just change it myself - but my eyes are not quite what they used to be.

I understand that time is money - but in Migros, the last time, it probably took about 2 minutes.
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

Where to change a battery in Zürich? Cheapie
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

I’ve always had a Swatch (one version or another) since 1983, when I purchased my first in ZH on a junior year abroad during university. Free battery replacements in the Swatch shop.
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

Had to replace a Swatch battery the other day and had it done on the spot at Manor in Chavannes, cost 10 CHF including the battery. Their price list is displayed on the counter.
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

Well i went to Mister Minute today in Migros Zürich to change the battery. A disaster. I could see from the start that he had not much idea . He replaced the batterie but could not put back the battery cover. In the end after 15 minutes ( Mister Minute joke ) he sent me to Jelmoli and they did it no problem. They even asked if Mister Minute sent me.
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Do the right thing and buy a solar watch. I had one from Junghans and it was still going strong until it was stolen a couple of months ago.
note to self, do not leave solar watch out on window ledge at night to charge
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Re: Changing a watch battery in Switzerland - rip off

I go to Dijon a few times a year and get it done there for 5 Euros. Cheap watch - was 10 quid from the Indian jeweller back home.


But if you have a quality watch- they do a check and maybe quick clean, but mainly they redo the seals properly- and that takes time and some expertise- so more expensive. Fair enough.
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Do the right thing and buy a solar watch. I had one from Junghans and it was still going strong until it was stolen a couple of months ago.
Last year, I had my Junghans Mega Solar serviced at Max Affolter (Zurich Niederdorf), because the watch was losing the correct time.

I had bought it in Germany shortly after I had started working in Switzerland, in 2005, from a Jeweler that looked like he was going out of business (no packaging, just the watch).

They had to send it to Germany for the quote, which took weeks, then the repair/service took some more weeks.

In the end, it cost the quoted 370 CHF - but a new one would have cost about 1300 - and if this lasts 15 years on, it will be money well spent.

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