Beginner's Guide to Repairing Your Watch | Las Vegas Buyers

Beginner’s Guide to Repairing Your Watch

Despite the prevalence of clock features on home appliances and digital devices, watches remain an attractive and functional way of telling time. Whether your watch is old or new, keeping it in working order is essential, especially if you need to change the battery or replace the watch’s band. “What should I know about watch repair?” is a question we’re frequently asked. Discover the following simple repair techniques to help you care for your watch correctly.

Changing the Battery

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According to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, watch batteries last two to five years. The watch type, dimensions, and amount of energy required to perform the watch’s functions affect the battery’s life span.  

Consult your watch owner’s manual or contact the watch manufacturer to verify the correct battery for your timepiece. Follow the steps below to replace the battery. 


To replace the battery, you require the following materials: 

  • Small jeweler’s screwdriver.
  • Small plastic bag.
  • Tweezers.
  • New watch battery.


Follow these instructions to switch out your battery for a new one:

  1. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that hold the back of the watch in place. Place the screws in a small plastic bag to keep them from getting lost while you install the new battery.
  2. Snap a photo of the old battery’s placement within the watch so that you can correctly orient the new battery. Using tweezers, carefully remove the old battery from the watch.
  3. Insert the new battery in the same position as the old battery. 
  4. Reattach the back of the watch using the reserved screws. 

Fixing a Stuck Watch Crown

To adjust the time on your watch, you turn a small dial on the side called a crown. When the crown of a watch becomes stuck and doesn’t move, it interferes with the movement of the watch’s components. 

Debris buildup and poor lubrication can contribute to a stuck crown. You can get a watch crown working again by removing dirt and debris from the area around the crown and applying lubrication to the part. 

Ensure you use lubricants specifically for watches before attempting any repair on the crown. Consult your watch manufacturer to confirm the correct lubricant to use. Take care when manipulating the crown. This delicate watch part can easily break off the watch if you apply too much force or pressure to the part. Follow the steps below to fix a stuck watch crown. 


You’ll need the following items to fix a stuck crown:

  • Clean, small artist’s brush or makeup brush.
  • Precision-tip oiler (available at hardware stores or from jewelry equipment supply companies).
  • Watch lubricant.
  • Lint-free, soft cotton cloth.


Follow these steps to fix a stuck watch crown:

  1. Gently dislodge and remove debris around the watch crown with the artist’s or makeup brush.
  2. Using a precision-tip oiler, apply a dab of watch lubricant to the crown and the region around it, following the lubricant manufacturer’s instructions. 
  3. Carefully and slowly move the crown back and forth to allow the lubricant to flow smoothly under it. 
  4. Remove excess lubricant with the cotton cloth. 
  5. Verify that the crown moves smoothly. Apply more lubrication if necessary. 

Removing Debris and Dirt From a Watch’s External Parts

With repeated wear and exposure to natural elements, your watch may accumulate debris and dirt that can detract from its appearance. Using a few materials, you can clean your watch to keep your timepiece attractive each time you wear it. 

Since water or other liquid cleaners can damage the mechanics of your watch, we recommend using only non-liquid cleaning methods to remove light debris from your watch. Leave more extensive cleaning of your watch to the professionals with the correct equipment to clean it without damaging its components.


To remove debris, you’ll need the following items:

  • Small, soft-bristled brush, such as an artist’s or makeup brush.
  • Soft microfiber cloth.
  • Soft cotton cloth.


Here’s how to remove dirt and debris from your timepiece:

  1. Use the brush to gently remove debris or dirt from the watch face and external components. Work the bristles gently into small crevices around the watch’s crown and over any engravings to release trapped matter from these areas. 
  2. Remove streaks, spots, and lint particles on the glass covering of the watch face using a dry, soft microfiber cloth. 

Replacing a Watch Band

You don’t have to buy a new watch if its band has become damaged or loose. Learn how to replace a watch band with the instructions below.


You require these materials to replace your watch’s band:

  • Screwdriver.
  • Small plastic bag.
  • New watch band.


To replace the watch band, follow these steps:

  1. To remove the band from the watch, use a screwdriver to unscrew the pins or disengage the screw bar that holds the band to the watch. Place the screws in a small plastic bag to contain them while you attach the new band.
  2. Position the new band on the watch. Replace the screws and lock the screw bar in place to secure the new band to the watch. 
  3. Slip the watch over your wrist to evaluate the fit. Adjust the positioning of the band slightly to achieve a comfortable fit. 

What Are Some Watch Repairs You Shouldn’t Attempt?

While you can attempt some watch repairs yourself, you should have a jewelry professional perform more complex repairs. Watch repair professionals should handle any repairs involving the watch’s inner parts and timekeeping functions. These specialists have the correct tools and training to perform these types of repairs. 

Select a watch repair specialist who can guarantee the work performed and provide warranties for all repairs completed. Ask questions and ensure you get the answers you seek before any repair work begins. At Las Vegas Jewelry and Coin Buyers, we can examine your watch and provide information about the cost and repairs we can perform. 

Visit Las Vegas Jewelry and Coin Buyers To Sell or Buy a Timepiece

Whether you have a repaired watch or one in prime condition that you’re ready to part with, bring it to Las Vegas Jewelry and Coin Buyers. Our professional appraisers have more than 20 years of experience assisting collectors, dealers, and individuals who want to receive top dollar for their cherished timepieces. Visit our Henderson, Nevada, showroom today to receive a free, no-obligation cash offer. For more information about our watch appraisals, send us a note or call us at 702-547-1670. We’re pleased to serve Anthem, Green Valley, Summerlin, Sun City, Las Vegas, and surrounding communities.