Watch Battery Changing Kit Essentials
Wondering what's included in watch battery changing kit essentials? The basic tools for actually changing the battery in a watch are pretty much the same. There are however different methods each watch maker can use to attach the back to their watch and the bracelet to the watch case of their watch. These things must be taken into consideration when discussing the essentials for a battery changing kit. Tools for each method will be included.
The essentials for a battery changing kit for watches will include the following.
- Watch makers screw drivers. Screw drivers which fit the screws on a watch are essential. Some watch makers use screws to hold the case back on the watch. Some battery retention devices need a screw driver to remove or loosen also.
- Spring bar tool. This is a tool is used to remove the spring loaded bars which hold many metal watch bracelets to the case. In some cases at lest one side of the bracelet will need to be removed in order to work on the watch.
- Adjustable case wrench. Some watches have a screw down case back and need a case back wrench to remove it.
- Case knife. Some watches have a press fit case back and need a case knife to remove the case back.
- Plastic tweezers. Some batteries and retention devices will require tweezers to remove and replace. Plastic tweezers are preferable because they do not conduct electricity. This will prevent accidental short circuiting of the battery and or movement.
- Battery tester. When a quartz watch is not working most assume it has a dead battery but there could be other causes. A battery tester will show if the battery is actually dead, or if it needs to go to a watch maker for testing.
- Cotton gloves. Cotton gloves are essential for handling the batteries. Finger oils can cause corrosion on the battery which could wreck the watch, or they can short out a new battery before it is put in.
These are the essentials for a watch battery changing kit. Most watch collectors and aficionados will have the majority of them for other watch maintenance tasks. Changing your own watch battery is not a hard task, but it is one that must be done carefully. When changing the battery, remember to lay the watch on a soft cloth to protect the crystal. Good luck performing your own watch maintenance, it can save you money, and be a rewarding task.