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Watch Education

How much does a watch battery replacement cost?

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.  

The Difference Between Quartz, Mechanical, Automatic & All Other Watch Movements

When I first started learning about watches, I was immediately overwhelmed with all of the technical information that varied between different brands and models. It seemed like everything was written in a code language made to ensure that no one except for watch experts would know what they were buying. 

Now that I've taken the time to learn some of the major differences between watches, I want to teach you about some basic watch concepts and help you avoid feeling as lost as I did. So, let's start your timepiece education with the first step in becoming a watch expert: learning about watch movements. 

Every watch is powered by mechanics hidden within the watch case called the movement or calibre. This is always the most complex part of the watch and is responsible for the watches functionality, accuracy, and price. Let's explore some of the different types of watch movements and their benefits:

5 Iconic Timepieces From the Past 75 Years

Watch makers are always trying to one-up their competitors and one-up themselves. People want new, interesting watches every year; it's just the nature of the watch world. Well most years, these new watches come in the form of upgraded versions of the models that a company has already been selling for years.

But every once in a while, watch makers will surprise us with a brand new model of watch. When this happens, there are usually new features that they believe will make the watch an icon. 

I'm a huge fan of watch history and love learning what it takes to make an iconic watch. I understand that not everyone has the time to learn about watch history, so I've come up with a short list of what I view as several of the most iconic timepieces from the past 75 years to help you easily learn about the top watches. Give the list a read and find out what made these iconic models what they are today:

3 Types of Watch Every Man Should Own

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: