Battery Watches


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I take watches in for repair by mail only. There are some watches that I cannot acquire parts for, or that are too worn out to repair, so please call me, Stephen Thomas, at 503- 239-1859 or e-mail me at to inquire about repair of your watch. For my address and a form to fill out for sending your watch, click on the Sending Your Watch link at the top of the page. When e-mailing, please include your phone number and turn off your spam blocker so my reply will get through.


I do not sell parts, or do appraisals. Please do not ask.



If you wind your watch and it ticks or it's an auto-wind watch (wound by your wrist movements), please go to the wind up watch estimate page.

If your watch has the word "quartz" on the dial, or you have never wound it and it ran, it is probably a battery powered watch.

If it has been over a year since you had a battery put in your watch, and you haven't gotten it wet, it probably has a dead battery, replacement of which is usually $20.00 plus shipping. In most cases if you suspect it is just a dead battery it is usually better to try a local shop for battery replacement before you mail it to me. 

Battery powered watches have a lot less power in them than wind up watches, and they won't continue to run (and wear themselves out) with dirt in them as a mechanical watch will; they'll just stop.  When your battery powered watch is new, you may get as many as seven years from a battery. As the watch ages and the oil gets gummy, you'll get fewer and fewer years from each battery until a new battery won't make it run.
Then it will need cleaning and oiling. A cost of about $97.00 and up. Sometimes it's cheaper to replace the watch's insides than it is to repair or clean and oil. The price can vary greatly, from $40.00 to $980.00, depending upon the grade of watch movement in your watch.