How to Change a Watch Battery

The mini panic attack you may experience when you think you’re running late is easily the worst part of a watch battery dying. Your timepiece gets stuck where it is, displaying an inaccurate time until it gets fresh power. Once you realize what’s happened, your next move is to replace the battery as soon as possible.

While some watches have a unique process, you can generally change your Timex watch battery the same way you would most timepieces. Here’s how:

Take it to an expert
If you doubt your ability to change your watch battery, don’t worry. There are plenty of jewelers who would be happy to replace the precious part for you. Prices for this service will vary depending on the jeweler, so you may want to inquire at several stores before committing. However, once you find a jeweler or watch repair professional you can trust, we recommend heading back there whenever you need a reliable fix.

Do it yourself
You’ll need tweezers and a small screwdriver to remove the dead battery and replace it with the new one. Safety note: it is suggested using plastic rather than metal tools to avoid an electrical shock. Wearing gloves can also prevent damage from occurring inside the watch.

Once you have the materials, follow these steps to change your watch battery like a pro:

1. Remove the watch back
Most modern watches have snap-off back panels, which have small indentations to help you carefully pry off the cover. Using a small flathead screwdriver or blade, press down on the indentation and twist until the cover comes loose. If your watch back is secured with screws, use a small screwdriver, such as one designed for eyeglasses, to loosen the screws and remove the cover. Some watch backs have slots large enough to fit the edge of a coin, which you can use to twist off the cover.

2. Place the gasket to the side
If you see a rubber ring or plastic covering, remove that from the watch case to reveal the inner workings of the timepiece. Use tweezers or the edge of a knife if you need help getting a strong grip. Battery Depot recommended cleaning the gasket before you put it back after changing the battery.

3. Find and remove the battery
Once you see the existing battery, note which side is facing upward so you can replicate the placement when you insert the new part. If there are plastic clips holding the battery in place, use plastic tweezers to lift them. From there, you can use the tweezers to ease the battery out of the watch case.

4. Insert the new battery
Use the tweezers to place the new battery in its designated slot, and gently press down to secure its position.

5. Test your work
Before reattaching the back cover, carefully flip the watch over to see if it’s working. If the hands still aren’t moving, double check to make sure you installed the new battery correctly. You may have a damaged battery or faulty watch if it still fails to work, so consider taking the timepiece to a jeweler or watch repair store for a professional examination.

6. Replace the gasket and watch back
If the battery’s working, perform the first two steps in reverse order to put all the parts back in place.

With a fresh battery, your watch will be ready to wear once again. Better still, now that you know how to replace the batteries, you can confidently add more watches to your repertoire. Check out the Timex collection to find your next timekeeping companion.

5 Reasons to Wear a Digital Watch

Sleek, sporty and always ready to go, digital watches are the multi-feature, tech-savvy versions of their analog counterparts. Ideal for active watch wearers, digital timepieces have the features to suit high-energy, on-the-go lifestyles.

Is it time to upgrade your active lifestyle with a modern timekeeping companion? Consider these five benefits when deciding if a digital watch is right for you:

1. Track your workout
How many steps did you walk today? Have you made it to the first mile marker yet? Is it time to start the next move? A digital watch has all the answers. With the ability to record time elapsed and distance traveled, digital watches make it easy to track your workouts. Whether you run every day or spend hours in the gym, your digital watch can track your progress and help you set goals to keep improving.

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2. Check your heart rate
Some digital watches can also monitor your heart rate. This feature is especially ideal for runners or those who want to track cardio-heavy workouts. You can also store the data and check the history of your pulse scores to compare results.

Plus, with digital time and data display, digital watches can be easier to read than analog watches while in motion. This display allows you to steal a quick glance at the time or your heart rate when you’re on the move while the high-tech features record your progress as you go. Light-up watch dials mean this easy reading continues even when the sun goes down.

3. Cross the finish line
Coupled with the ability to track physical activity, lightweight construction and easy-on-the-wrist materials digital watches are the perfect companions for any sport. If you’re playing for a team, coaching the players, training for a marathon or triathlon, competing professionally or using recreational sports as an entertaining way to stay in shape, you’re the perfect candidate for a digital watch.

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4. Get outdoors
More than an athlete’s preferred wristwatch, digital timepieces can also support adventure-seeking spirits who love exploring the outdoors. Features such as weather, water and shock resistance, compass and GPS, customizable alarms and reflector displays mean digital watches are dependable and practical companions for anything from hiking to camping to snorkeling. Plus, digital watches keep working even when there isn’t enough service for your smartphone to pull up directions.

5. Never stop going
As some of the most durable timepieces out there, digital watches can handle nearly anything. You can focus on your performance, never worrying about whether or not your watch will get damaged as you race to the finish line or scale the side of a mountain.

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If you’re ready to go the distance, check out the IRONMAN® GPS collection to find the timepiece that’s prepared to keep up with you. With features like customizable alarms, countdown timers, water and shock resistance and INDIGLO® light-up dials, Timex digital sports watches will also check all the boxes as you search for your timekeeping partner in adventure.

Holiday Gifts for Watch Lovers

Is it against their nature to leave the house without a watch on their wrist? Do they have a timepiece for every occasion? Could they explain the inner workings of watches without relying on an internet search? Sounds like you have a watch lover on your hands.

With the holidays ahead, treat them to the watch gifts that speak to their love for timekeeping companions. Here’s what to buy for the watch connoisseurs on your list:

The vintage-inspired reissue
For watch lovers with a taste for vintage timepieces, head straight to the Marlin collection. The sleek mid-century design is available in the hand-wound mechanical movement for connoisseurs who will appreciate a timepiece in its original form. You can also choose an automatic movement model for contemporary watch wearers.

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The sporty companion
Designed to keep up with active lifestyles, the Ironman® collection is the way to go for those who love digital watches made for adventures. Features such as alarms, timers, stopwatches, light-up dials and high water resistance make these timepieces ideal for watch lovers with an athletic side. The Expedition® collection also comprises utility watches that are as sleek and sophisticated as they are bold and durable.

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The custom timepiece
Even if your watch connoisseur has an extensive collection, there’s one watch they don’t already own: A customized timepiece with a personal engraving. With My Timex, you can design your own watch, choosing the dial, case and strap colors and materials. If that’s a tad overwhelming, we have some combinations to inspire your own design. Add a unique message or simply include the recipient’s initials on the back of the case for a watch that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

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The double duty
Along with watches, do they have a soft spot for Snoopy? You’re in luck because the Timex x Peanuts collection features watch face and strap designs that include lovable Peanuts characters. If they’re also an avid sports follower, shop our fan shop to select a timepiece featuring their team’s logo. Timex Co_Labs watches are created in partnership with other designers, making them exclusive timepieces that may complement your watch enthusiast’s style perfectly.

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The curated set
Check out our watch gift sets for both men and women for everything they’ll love in a holiday gift. The sets come with a watch and an extra strap, all wrapped in a sleek box that’s ready for giving.

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The add-ons
Take your watch gifts above and beyond with the accessories to match. Visit our strap shop to browse fabric, leather, stainless steel and silicone options. Choose a few straps that match their Timex watch so they can switch up the look depending on mood, outfit, season or occasion. You can also gift them a watch cabinet or specialized case to house their precious timepieces. Cleaning and repair kits are also great stocking stuffers for your watch enthusiast. For those who are always on-the-go, consider watch travel case and cleaning sets

Perfectly tuned to their appreciation for high-quality and good-looking timepieces, these gifts for watch lovers are sure to please this holiday season.

Your Go-To Dress Watch

Your alarm goes off and for once, you don’t press snooze. That “big day” feeling hits you, filling you up with energy and excitement for what’s to come. Maybe it’s an interview for your dream job or the kind of cocktail party that celebs attend. You finally scored tickets to “Hamilton” and you’re treating your better half to a decadent dinner before the show. It’s time to get ready – is your wardrobe prepared for your swanky plans?

Whether there’s a specific reason or you simply want to look sharp, there comes a time when your mood calls for more than your everyday casual timepiece. Let’s talk formal watches:

The distinguishing factors

Reserved for formal occasions, dress watches are the must-have elegance in any watch wearer’s collection. Much like tailored suits or little black dresses, no wardrobe is complete without a go-to dress watch. Historically, these timepieces stand out from the regular crowd with their quintessential minimalism, thin case and quality leather or bracelet bands. Generally, this simplicity extends to the dial, often featuring a classic white face with the date and minimalist hour markers.

Traditionalists also pay close attention to how they wear formal watches. Of course, matching rules apply. We’ve often seen leathers and metals complementing belts, shoes and other accessories. Proper proportions are also important, as a dress watch should fit perfectly to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. This sizing includes the size and thickness of the case and strap.

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Finally, formal watches should be thin enough so dress-shirt cuffs can hover over them comfortably, rather than getting caught on bulky elements. This detail means the dress watch can sit discreetly under the shirt cuff but also make fleeting appearances with your natural movement.

The idea is to don an exquisite timepiece that doesn’t demand attention. Rather, dress watch design exemplifies an understated elegance, perfectly paired with formal attire. Less is more when it comes to the classiest of timepieces.

The right place and time

You’ve got big plans and your dress watch is the finishing touch you need to look and feel the part. When does the event become classy enough to require the elegance of formal watches? Think make-it-or-break-it business meetings with important clients or prospective employers, formal weddings that specify black-tie attire and holiday cocktail parties. If you’re digging out your best clothes, dusting off your dress shoes and wearing your most precious jewelry, the look calls for a formal watch.

The Timex pick

If it’s time to add a dress watch to your collection, consider the Fairfield Chronograph 41 mm Mesh Bracelet Watch. With a thin case, metal detailing and tastefully simple design, this dress watch offers a sharp yet understated addition to your formal attire. You can even adjust the clasp to achieve the perfect fit of an ideal dress watch. The INDIGLO® light-up dial adds a modern touch, making the watch face clear and easy-to-read when your formal occasions take place after the sun goes down.

Have fun at the big event, looking snazzy and sophisticated with your dress watch by your side.

In Good Company

Timex and streetwear brand, The Good Company, come together to launch a limited edition MK1™ watch, using the “Wave” logo as a second sweep and including an additional reflective strap.

The Good Company takes its inspiration from the culture and the surroundings of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, site of the brand’s flagship store. The styles brewing in this culturally rich part of New York offers plenty of inspiration for brands. Providing an air of authenticity in an increasingly crowded streetwear market, The Good Company continues to grow and remain a go-to brand.

Recently Timex spoke to Quinn Arneson, founder of The Good Company to discuss the collaboration.

How did the collaboration with Timex come about?
The collaboration came about very organically. A musician friend was in the Timex UK office and wearing our clothing. Guess our name had come up in the past for collaborations and he just connected the dots.

What made you choose the MK1 model to do a limited edition?
The MK 1 is a simple watch with a lot of history. We liked the lightweight feel to it and the fact that it is affordable, making it more accessible.

How did the wave second sweep come about… does it represent anything specific?
The sweep came about while looking at vintage and particularly 90’s watches, some of which had second hands actually resembling our wave logo. We were pretty much interested in immediately exploring this option. To pay homage to Memphis Design, a movement which popularized the wave as a motif, we gave the watch a very modern look, stripping the face down to the basics.

New York, Tokyo, LA… what can you tell us about the state of the streetwear scene?
We feel that the current state of streetwear is in an amazing place. The accessibility of knowledge and the independence that this brings can be a great tool in the right hands. A lot of power has been brought back to the youth, giving many kids a platform to express themselves. We are excited for the streetwear and skate industry. So many small brands are popping up creating a community of creatives and providing a blueprint for those to come. I’m happy there is a continued interest in DIY culture both artistic and entrepreneurial.

You’ve included a second, reflective strap. How popular are these straps with consumers?
We added the reflective strap for function. We picture the person who wears the watch lives an active lifestyle. Whether that be skating, biking or walking late night. We wanted to increase visibility and add a modern twist to the overall feel of the watch.

The 36mm case is slightly smaller than your typical watch but very popular in Japan. Do you see this smaller size being adopted by other markets?
Japan is very ahead of the curve in terms of fashion and ingenuity. We feel that the MK1 is a classic watch that is durable and makes sense with our brand and customer.

 

Timex has been around since 1854, how do see the brand being relevant to today’s streetwear style?
Timex is reaching out to great people to collaborate with along with updating classic pieces which are two great ways to remain relevant. It’s always cool to see brands with a great history of craftsmanship bring their expertise together with another brand that speaks directly to today’s consumer. We are honored that we have been selected to work on a watch with you.

Timex and END. Together Again

Recently Timex collaborated with END. and Neighborhood to produce a limited-edition timepiece based on the Timex Navi series. The timing was perfect as END. just launched a new store opening in Soho, London. Now, Timex and END. partner again to release ‘Timepiece Project .02’ also called the Blackout watch that became available on Black Friday and is available only through END.

END. Clothing is a popular UK-based, online retailer specializing in menswear, contemporary designers and streetwear. Featuring over 400 brands, END. has established itself as the go-to menswear retailer online in addition to three shops in Newcastle, Glasgow and London.

In addition to collaborating with brands including Vans, Saucony and Adidas, END. has worked on several projects with Timex including the 2017 sell-out of the Timex MK1™ watch. This new limited edition Blackout watch continues the successful partnership.

Based on the Allied™ Chronograph model, the Blackout features a black case, black dial and full Arabic dial markings and is available with three strap options.

Built with the Timex signature INDIGLO® dial for darker lighting, this classic military-style timepiece has been updated with a quartz movement and chronograph complications. Combining historical know-how with refined design, the Blackout is subtly tweaked with energizing hits of orange throughout.

Returning for another year, the END. x Timex ‘Timepiece Project .02’ honors 160 years of watchmaking, drawing on time-tested models and updating and modernizing them for everyday wear. Only 1,500 units are available so be sure this item is on your holiday shopping list.

My Timex is Your Timex

Great for holiday gifts and other special occasions, My Timex offers the ability to create and design your own customizable watch online. This designated space provides a fun and easy way to custom design your own Timex® watch by choosing a case, dial and strap with the additional option for personalization including free engraving on My Timex watch styles.

Watches make for great holiday gifts as well as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements and other special occasions. With My Timex, you not only get the opportunity to create a watch to a person’s specific tastes but also add customization that will make the timepiece a true original.

Currently My Timex offers a great selection of Timex watches for customized gifts including the Weekender® Chrono, Waterbury Date 40 and the Scout Chrono. Find the perfect style and then customize it by selecting your preferred dial, case and strap. You can also add an INDIGLO® feature and choose from five night-light colors. Another added feature is to add initials as a monogram to the dial backlight when the INDIGLO® light is enabled.

Once you have the watch you want, take advantage of free engraving on the case back where you can add initials or craft a personal message. The engraving feature allows you to choose a font and then write your own personal message using 10 characters per line across up to a maximum of three lines. Great for a spouse, significant other or someone special in your life, a custom engraved message will make this much more than just a watch but a personal keepsake for the wearer to treasure.

My Timex makes it easy to find the perfect gift. You design the watch online, we craft it and the finished watch is delivered to you in a specially crafted box within two weeks of placing your order.

 

From the Pocket to the Wrist

Prior to World War I, a watch nearly always referred to a pocket watch. The wristwatch was invented at the beginning of the twentieth century, but its market had been confined to military use. During the 1899-1902 Boer War in Africa, battle commanders used it to synchronize the movements of army units.

The other wristwatch consumer was the fashionable women to whom French and Swiss designers introduced the timepiece as a stylish piece of jewelry. This created the perception that pocket watches were for men and wristwatches were for women.

This all changed during the Great War when the Ingersoll company transformed its ladies Radiolite Midget watch into a men’s military wristwatch by moving the crown to three o’clock, soldering on lugs and inserting a canvas strap. By the end of the war, many soldiers had become accustomed to the convenience of the wristwatch and it quickly replaced the pocket watch as their preferred timepiece.

Fast forward to 2017 when Timex would update the classic Midget watch style for an exclusive launch in Japan. Following its success, Timex brought the watch to the U.S. in August of 2018. Replicating the look of the original but with a modern interpretation, the new watch, called the Welton, maintained the pocket watch shape but added a leather cuff on the strap made to be removable made from S.B. Foot Leather.

Two models of the Welton were launched. Both feature a 38mm case, quartz analog movement, leather slip-thru strap and INDIGLO® light-up watch dial. One has a stainless steel case with antique bronze finish and a cream dial while the other has a tumbled finish and black dial. Both are water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

 

 

The Gang’s All Here

Just in time for airings of the Charlie Brown holiday specials, Todd Snyder drops a vintage-inspired collaboration with Timex® watches featuring the Peanuts gang. Highly collectible and extremely giftable, this extremely limited edition capsule brings nostalgic favorites to life on signature watches from Timex. It’s the season’s ultimate holiday gathering and the must-have outfit-maker.

The collection was sparked when Snyder, digging through his vast personal archives amassed over the past few decades, found a couple of original 1970s tees with Peanuts graphics.

“I’ve been a huge Peanuts fan since I was a kid. It was my favorite cartoon going back to the days when I used to read it in the paper, and I loved the holiday specials,” says Todd Snyder. “Nothing’s cooler than Snoopy and the gang, and this is a moment when we all could use some levity and happy memories. As soon as I came across those vintage designs, I knew I wanted to do a modern version.”

Timex x Peanuts Created Exclusively for Todd Snyder includes a capsule of covetable Peanuts-adorned Timex watches, part of an ongoing and bestselling series. A brand Snyder admits he is “obsessed with,” Timex offers the savvy modern gent essential, impeccably crafted timepieces at an exceptional value. Universally appealing, the new Timex x Peanuts Created Exclusively for Todd Snyder watches are a perfect present for men, women, and kids and a must-have for watch enthusiasts and collectors of classic Americana.

There are four styles of Timex watches included in the collection, featuring classic Peanuts characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Linus. Each piece features a 34mm stainless steel case, leather strap, peanuts dial and is water resistant to 30 meters.

The full Todd Snyder x Peanuts collection launches November 8, 2018 and will be available exclusively online at toddsnyder.com.

Down with Chinatown

Timex has worked with some pretty interesting collaborators over the years, but none quite like Michael Cherman. The founder of Chinatown Market, a go-to brand for the streetwear and skatewear scene, has made a big impact on how brands are perceived by doing things most designers would never try. A rebel with a cause, he recently partnered with Timex to launch the Timex X Chinatown Market “SMILEY” watch that will make its debut at the 2018 ComplexCon event in Long Beach.

Prior to the event, Timex spoke to Cherman to learn more about how a nice boy from Brooklyn grew up to be a major disrupter in fashion.

“My goal with Chinatown Market is to shake up the industry,” he says. “I’m not in it just to make money but to give consumers what they want.”

He began his creative process at the age of 15, selling custom print t-shirts to fellow students at his high school. This landed him the moniker “Mikey Merchandise” and almost got him suspended. The experience taught him that he could make money designing t-shirts and that bucking the status quo was a quick way to get attention.

“I prefer to be in uncomfortable places, to break some rules,” he says. “That experience of almost being suspended showed me the impact a simple t-shirt could have.”

After only one year at the Parsons School of Design Cherman dropped out since he had already self-taught himself the skills that made up the curriculum.

“Too many designers believe there is a barrier to their ideas,” he says.

Unfortunately, he would learn there are also barriers to building a brand.  Instead of treading the same path, he moved to Los Angeles and began Chinatown Market.

“Look, I’m not here to be the coolest dude and fit in with someone else’s idea of what streetwear is,” he says. “I’m going to do what I enjoy, work with brands I like and continue to push the boundaries of what a brand is.”

Named for the unique vibe one finds on Canal Street in New York City, the brand quickly became a success after he sold out his original collection again from the trunk of his car to an eager crowd at ComplexCon.

“Chinatown Market operates in what I call Fast Streetwear, he says. “I’m trying to change the trajectory of what streetwear and fashion are doing. I like to think we’re ushering the next evolution of streetwear and consumer trends.”

Having worked with other major brands, Cherman was approached by Timex to see if he would be interested in collaborating on a watch. While Timex was looking for a savvy streetwear designer, Cherman was eager to shed his rebel skin, even if just for one project, and work with a brand long on heritage.

“When the discussions with Timex began, I was excited,” he says. “The Smiley face is something I love to work with and the idea of making a proper watch with that as the dial is a great idea. This project gave me the chance to step aside from the traditional bootleg stuff we do and work with a classic brand like Timex to produce a watch that is more inclusive then what we normally do.”

Using the MK1™ style as a base, the Timex x Chinatown Market watch features a black resin case, yellow dial, custom case back and packaging and, of course, the standout yellow “Smiley” dial.

“To me, it’s a smart coming together of the heritage of Timex with the streetwear of Chinatown Market,” he says. “I like the idea of a small brand partnering with a big brand. Today, you don’t have to be a major name to get attention. With social media and creativity, you can get in front of people and companies that before would never have known you existed. The idea is very much DIY, that you really can do it yourself.”

No longer the outsider looking in, Cherman will return to ComplexCon, but this time with a real booth and Timex by his side.

“When I first started Chinatown Market I went to Complex Con and sold t-shirts out of the trunk of my car,” he says. “Now I’m going back with a proper set-up with a brand like Timex so in a way it’s come full circle.”