Manhattan Time Service – Watch Repair

2 WEST 46TH STREET #400, NEW YORK NY, 10036

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Walk-in Watch Battery Replacement Service - Midtown NYC 10036

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Express Watch Battery Service in NYC

Replacing a watch battery in any watch is not as simple as you might think. Undoubtedly, it’s a real inconvenience when your watch runs out of battery. You rely on it so much without even thinking about it, so you are certain to miss it considerably if you are without it for even a short while. It may be tempting, therefore, to go to a store where you think the turnaround time will be quick; where perhaps the new battery can even be fitted while you wait. However, it is worth considering how much care and attention they will pay to your potentially valuable watch if you have opted for a service based on speed alone. At Manhattan Time Services, we may take a little longer, but you’ll find our battery replacement service pays out dividends in the end. By carrying out the necessary check-ups, you’ll even find we can help your battery last longer in future.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Battery in a watch?

The price to replace a battery inside your watch will vary depending on many factors such as; what brand of watch do you own, or the type of movement is in housed in your watch. Another factor to consider is the type of case-back which was installed on your watch, in simple words the easier the watch can be opened the less it will cost you for a watch battery replacement. So how much should you pay? If you own a Skagen, Movado, Michael Kors or a Bulova the price for a battery change should be between $20 and $40. If you own a more expensive timepiece which usually in-houses a more complex mechanism such as a Piaget, Omega, Breitling or a Patek Philippe it will cost you anywhere from $50 to $120, again depending on the complexity of the watch.

replacing a watch battery

Manhattan Time Service is equipped with the tools, apparatus, and experience required to repair, maintain, and replace any watch battery, as well as provide the necessary checkups to ensure that your battery lives up to its fullest potential.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Based on 40 years of watchmaking experience and according to a master watchmaker Mitchell Lodowski it highly recommended to have the battery inside your watch replaced every two years -2 Years. Over the years we have changed tens of thousands of watch batteries and we have noticed that customers who choose to wait till their watch stops are at a higher risk of battery acid leaking into the watch movement.
Although a watch battery cell is miniature in size it is still composed on an Anode (-), a Cathode (+), an insulator, and a separator. Over a prolonged period of time, the separator degrades causing the electrolyte which is essentially a liquid containing ions of electricity to come in contact with the anode can cause a chemical decomposition which essentially leads to a watch battery leakage as seen on a picture below.

That depends on multiple factors such as; what kind of watch do you have, is the watch water-resistant and of course the technician performing the work. Replacing a battery in a watch is a RISKY procedure which if not carried out according to the manufacturer's standards can lead to more damage or a total loss.
Even if you decide to risk it and perform such a service make sure to ask the individual at Walmart or Target performing the service to show you their watchmaking equipment for instance to water pressure test the watch or a quartz timing machine.
Another tip and this is vital one, make sure that the watch case opener they will use is actually meant to open the case-back of your watch, if the wrong key is used they will surely gauge a big hole in your case watch.


A worn-out, or broken battery should be replaced immediately so that potential leakage and consequent damage to the movement of the second and minute hands is reduced. When it comes to noticeably slowing batteries, quick replacement is vital.

Watch batteries have the capacity to power your watch for roughly two to five years, depending on the make, the size of the watch, and the different features that the watch offers that require battery-based energy to regularly function. For example, if a seconds hand begins to move in 4-second steps, the battery should be changed by a Qualified Technician.

movado watch movement damaged battery

How Do We Change a Watch Battery?

Battery operating watch users might think that battery replacement is a quick fix, but in actuality Tag heuer battery replacement procedure is far more complex.

The full battery replacement service procedure includes:

Where to Change a Watch Battery?

That will depend on your current location and other factors, such as the type of watch you own and the built-in features it includes. For instance if your watch is water resistant you want to make sure that the watchmaking workshop you visit possesses the necessary equipment and tools to fully test your watch for water resistance, notice I mention watchmaking workshop not a jewelry store, as watchmakers specialize in repairing watches and jewelers in repairing jewelry. Call ahead and ask, it doesn’t hurt and might save you a headache in the future.

To the point, where to change a watch battery if you are in New York? Yours truly, our watch battery service consists of changing the battery, replacement of the gaskets and O-rings, water pressure te3sting in a Greiner Vibrograf WPL 310 wet pressure tester, Sigma SM-8810 Dry water resistance tester, and if your watch needs to meet specific diving requirements we have a high pressure tester Diver 125 (125 bars max / 1812 PSI / 123 ATM’s or 1270 Meters. Additionally our express watch battery service includes movement testing and exterior cleaning.

Expert Master Watchmaker Can Prolong Your Watch Life

If you have noticed your watch slowing down and failing to keep good time, or stopping altogether, the culprit could be the battery. It could be time to have it checked. This is because there is very little that can cause more damage to your timepiece than if it is suffering from watch battery leakage, which can cause irreparable damage to the movement of the second and minute hands, as well as the delicate mechanisms inside. Alternatively, perhaps you have received a new watch and are unlikely to be wearing your existing watch for a while? Again, it is a good idea to have the battery removed to prevent corrosion in future. Bring your watch to us: we are a specialist watch repair company that prides itself on providing a full battery replacement for watches service, among a range of other services dedicated to helping you keep time.

Our full watch repair and battery replacement service includes elements you may not even have thought about, but once you realize what good sense they make, you’ll never trust a lesser company with your watch again. For example, our service includes changing all the worn out gaskets, which have a tendency to deteriorate separately due to factors such as UV rays and chlorine exposure. We’ll ensure your new battery is the most up-to-date, leak-proof button-type silver oxide battery cell. We’ll then carry out a series of tests to ensure your watch keeps time and which will prolong the life of your new battery, as well as a full steam clean to get it looking as good as new. Finally, we put all the pieces back together and carry out one final check to make certain the watch is as waterproof as it promises to be. Your watch will look and operate as if brand new.

As a family-run business in operation for many years now, it’s our pleasure to help you. Based in New York, we have scores of satisfied customers who return to our store time and again; and we love to welcome our customers at 2 West 46th Street, Suite 308, New York, NY 10036. We are open from 10.00am to 6.00pm EST, Monday through Friday. However, if you don’t live in the area, don’t worry. We also provide services to people across the US and beyond. You can contact us by phone on 1-212-840-0441 or email us at [email protected]. There is also a contact form on our website. For all needs related to watches, from buying a new or pre-loved model to complex repairs; or if you are simply looking for a watch battery replacement or service of your beloved timepiece, don’t look any further than Manhattan Time Services. We know you will not be disappointed.

Additional Information

There is a bewildering array of watches available on the market nowadays. Watches are complex, can be too expensive and some have functions you cannot even imagine using. If you are purchasing a new watch, there are some questions to ask yourself that will help narrow down the field to manageable proportions.

At Manhattan Time Service we are backed up by over 33 years of experience superior skills and qualified professional staff who can repair, service and restore all kinds of sophisticated watches. Our workshop offers an optimal infrastructure and is equipped with the latest tools and apparatus required to carry out the work and the necessary procedures in a professional manner.

Send us your question

Thank you for being interested in having your watch repaired with us, we are looking forward to your visit. In the meantime if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail.

The following busses stop near our location in mid-town NYC: M1 – 5th Ave/48th street, M2 – 5th Ave/47th, M3 – 5th Ave/ 46th street, M4 – 5th Ave/44th street, M5 – 5th Ave/40th street, Q32 – 5th Ave/53rd street, QM2 – 6th Ave/44th street.

Orange lines (B, D, F, M) to 47-50 Rockefeller Center, yellow lines (N, Q, R) to 49th street and 6th Ave, red lines (1, 2, 3) to Time Sq 42nd street, purple line (7) to Time Sq 42nd street

We are conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan at 2 west 46th street #400, between 5th and 6th (closer to 5th) across the street from Ranch1 restaurant.

Work: LOCAL: (212) 840-0441 Fax: (212)840-0531
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10AM – 6PM EST

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