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Change A Fossil Watch Battery: How To Guide

How To Change A Fossil Watch Battery

Fossil Watch Battery ReplacementDo you have a Fossil watch that needs a new battery? You know it's time when your favorite Fossil timepiece stops ticking! Here at Watch Gnome, our customers frequently ask us what it takes to change a Fossil watch battery before they use our Fossil watch battery replacement service. We have changed hundreds of Fossil watch batteries over the past few years and wanted to share our insights.


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How To Change Fossil Watch Battery

Fossil watches are great quality, stylish watches built at an affordable price. They are high quality, finely constructed watches with tight tolerances. You can change the battery yourself if you have the tools and skills, but it really is best to have a professional change the battery for a number of reasons:

  1. Tightly fitting casebacks with screw locks. Some Fossil watches have a screw down case back that is held securely by the threads on the back of the case. It requires the right tools and skill to remove them without stripping the notches on the back of the case or slipping and scratching it.
  2. Tightly pressed casebacks. Fossil watches that don't have screw casebacks will usually have press backs instead. These require a very watch knife to pry the back off. This can be a tricky process that should be done extremely carefully. Doing it wrong could result in a scratched watch, cut fingers or bending the caseback (which would prevent your watch from properly resealing)
  3. Fine, battery restraint arm. Many of these watches have a small moveable arm that holds the Fossil watch battery in place and completes the circuit. This arm is often gold plated (for good conductivity) and rather delicate and requires the loosening of a small screw to move it out of the way. It's critical to do this carefully to prevent stripping the screw or slipping and damaging the watch coil. Not to mention it's very easy to drop or lose the screw or arm. And once it's gone - it could be up to $40 or $50 to replace it!
  4. Top quality battery. Fossil watches use a variety of watch battery sizes ranging from 364, 371, 373, 377 or 395 batteries, so it's always critical to double check. Here at WatchGnome, we always make sure to use a top quality battery like Energizer, Renata or Sony. It's also critical to change the battery without touching it with your hands. It's best to avoid getting the oils from your hands on it to reduce corrosion risk.
  5. Seating the Battery Restraint Arm. This is a skill that has taken our technicians months of training to ensure they get the battery in the right place and the arm tightened correctly without stripping the screw or over tightening the battery.
  6. Proper case resealing and screw tensioning. Once the battery has been changed, the next step is to replace the arm and gently retighten the retaining screw. Replace the face retainer clip and then then retighten the caseback.

Invest in a Fossil watch, invest in it's care

If you have invested the money in a high quality Fossil and taken the time to find just the one you want, we recommend getting the battery changed by a reputable professional. While we 100% think that Watch Gnome is the best and most efficient choice, we just care that it's done right! Don't cut corners with a fine timepiece when you a looking to change a Fossil Watch Battery.

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