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Battery replacement? Ubi, Scooby?

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Thee battery on my C70 Ascari COSC died a few days ago. Normally it would be off to some repair place in Norwich, but they're closed. CW service, likewise closed.

I don't really want to leave a dead battery in a nice watch for long, And I don't do case back removals and battery jobs.

Any suggestions, folks?
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https://davidcarpenterwatches.com/

I use them for all my 'other brands' batteries and service. Authorised repairers for Omega, TAG and others.

About £30 for a Quartz battery with pressure test, which is similar to CW price. Quick turnaround usually too.

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Are there any watchmakers working from home near to you that might be able to help?
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:10 pm Thee battery on my C70 Ascari COSC died a few days ago.
Spookily, when I went to wear my C70 Ascari COSC today I also found the battery had died. I ordered a replacement one on Amazon, due on the weekend, and am planning to change it myself...if I stay brave enough! The watch won't get a pressure test going down this route, but that's not really a practical issue as it never goes near water.

However, if another good option emerges on this thread in the meantime then I'm happy to change my plans. :)
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I just took a look at Michlmayr's in Norwich and will call or message them tomorrow.

Thanks for the ideas, chaps.
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Hey guys....if you are changing the battery yourself, cover the case back gasket with a thin coat of a non petroleum based grease. If will help to insure a better seal.
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Kip wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:55 pm Hey guys....if you are changing the battery yourself, cover the case back gasket with a thin coat of a non petroleum based grease. If will help to insure a better seal.
I use a silicone grease for the gasket. You can buy a type that comes in a circular container. Pop the gasket inside, screw the lid down gently, unscrew and the gasket will be sufficiently lubricated. Also handy for thicker spring bars in tight strap holes.

Sounds like AVO will not be doing this in any event. Steve, if you have any watch enthusiast friends nearby, perhaps they might have the experience and willingness to do this for you? If I were in your neck of the woods I would be happy to help you out. Alas, shipping costs and shipping times alone would make this a suboptimal solution for you (but happy to do this if you do want to pursue :thumbup:) .
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I have been doing my family's watch batteries for the last couple of years.
You won't believe just how tiny some of the battery clip retaining screws are! Get some proper screwdrivers, and tweezers. And a magnifier that you wear, pref with a built in light.

It isn't difficult, just requires care and patience.

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Bident wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:54 am
I use a silicone grease for the gasket. You can buy a type that comes in a circular container. Pop the gasket inside, screw the lid down gently, unscrew and the gasket will be sufficiently lubricated. Also handy for thicker spring bars in tight strap holes.
Here is an example from Esslinger.
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Paul Drawmer wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:46 am
I like to buy Renata batteries.
Echo Paul's thoughts....ONLY use Renata batteries in our family's quartz watches!

Steve happy to offer up a Canadian option for the change if all else falls through
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Paul Drawmer wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:46 am I have been doing my family's watch batteries for the last couple of years.
You won't believe just how tiny some of the battery clip retaining screws are! Get some proper screwdrivers, and tweezers. And a magnifier that you wear, pref with a built in light.

It isn't difficult, just requires care and patience.

I like to buy Renata batteries.
Absolutely agree :thumbup:
You must have the right tools and a magnifier/light - I have one of these https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9063134
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All the helpful suggestions are appreciated. The original question, however, was not how to replace a battery but where to get one done during lockdown!
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Also, I'd recommend anyone changing their own batteries to wear an anti-static wrist strap or similar protection.

Don't want to be zapping your lovely watches! Even if it doesn't kill your movement, it can significantly reduce the life of it.

edit - Sorry Steve, I know my post is useless in answer to your original question, but thought it may be important for those that do their own.
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StrappedUp wrote: Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:21 pm Also, I'd recommend anyone changing their own batteries to wear an anti-static wrist strap or similar protection.

Don't want to be zapping your lovely watches! Even if it doesn't kill your movement, it can significantly reduce the life of it.

edit - Sorry Steve, I know my post is useless in answer to your original question, but thought it may be important for those that do their own.
Maybe a different thread then, Ryan?
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If I'm paying someone else to fit a battery, I find Timpson are quite good. The 'lifetime battery' option is useful. You can check on their website where is open.
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