At Long's, we replace thousands of batteries every year from all types of timepieces, new and old. We can tell you from experience that the cost of a basic battery replacement starts at just $10. Most watch battery replacements can be done while you wait (although some replacements will take a few days or, in very few cases, even a few weeks).
The $10 battery replacement is for watches that are not sealed for water resistance, which means watches that should not be submerged or exposed to water because of the possibility of a leak. Watches that need to be sealed for water resistance take longer to service because the watches are resealed, worn gaskets are replaced and each watch is carefully pressure-tested on professional equipment to ensure a proper seal going forward. Watches sent for water resistance battery replacement range in price from $45-$60 and chronograph models range from $65-$95.
Learning about watches is one of my favorite past times. So when I save up enough to buy another watch, picking out the right one can be difficult. Each watch on my wish list has a certain feature that makes it stand out. Maybe the timepiece features a new ultra precise movement, is a re-release of a classic line, or has integrated new technology like the new breed of connected watches we have seen being released recently.
The smallest features can make a watch unique, and I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that I can't buy every single timepiece that I add to my wish list right now.
If you're like me and you can't decide on which watch to get next, you should consider if your collection includes a watch fit for every occasion. Having an appropriate watch for any event in your life will ensure that you really are dressing the part wherever life takes you. We've created a list of the three types of watch we think every man should have in his collection. Give them a read and see if you have a watch fit for every occasion: