The introduction of button cells in the world of watchmaking is intimately linked to the introduction of the quartz watch. Although the first quartz watch has been dated back to 1920, it was not until...
The introduction of button cells in the world of watchmaking is intimately linked to the introduction of the quartz watch. Although the first quartz watch has been dated back to 1920, it was not until 1967 when Seiko launched, with its popular slogan “Someday all the watches will be like this", the first prototypes of wristwatch. It would be in the Christmas of 1969 when the first commercial model was put on sale, the Seiko Quartz Astron 35SQ. We can put the starting point of the history of batteries in watchmaking world. Most analog and many digital clocks use silver oxide batteries which offer a voltage of 1.55V. Some watches, mainly digital, use lithium batteries, which offer a voltage of 3V. These types of batteries are also used in the electronics industry.For example, on motherboards of PCs, remote controls of doors, cars, etc.
There is a cheaper option, alkaline carbon batteries. But honestly, except for some sporadic applications and some very specific references, they are not worth it.
If you need to replace the battery of your watch, our recommendation is to go to a watch shop. It is becoming more frequent to see that the change of batteries is offered in other types of establishments.For example, we see it in a multitude of bazaars. We're going to tell you some reasons why you should not change the battery of your watch in one of those establishments:
Sure, there is something obvious, the price is not the same. A watchmaker will charge between € 3.5 and € 5 for changing a normal battery. We're talking about a normal watch with a normal battery. In the shop where you buy the bread you will be charged between € 1 and € 2. But the chances of running out of time are sky-high.
I heard an excellent professional tell a customer that he did not charge € 3.5 for a battery, charged € 3.5 to know how to put the battery, without mistreating his watch and with the guarantee that his watch would not suffer any damage, nor would it stop in 3 months because it was left without battery again.
As for the duration of the battery, depends on many factors, mainly the machine that carries your watch and the functions of it. As a rule, a silver oxide battery lasts between 1 and 3 years. One lithium, between 3 and 10 years.
At Diloy we only work with batteries from famous brands. We are now comfortable working with Sony. We only use batteries for the European market so its expiration date is wide enough for the professional to sell it to the end customer.
Finally, as we firmly believe that it is the professional watchmaker who should replace the battery of your watch, we only sell boxes of 10 batteries. Normal amount for a professional but illogical for a final customer.