Do you really have to remove the watch battery in your watch? And why…
It really comes down to:
How long will you not wear it?
Watch batteries, like all batteries, will corrode, especially if not in use. They tend to leak.
Think about your old remote controler… The one in the back of the drawer. When you pull it out to use it, it doesn’t work because the battery has leaked all over the insides. Often you can scrap the erosion away and make the remote work again, but sometimes it never comes back to life. This is true for anything that holds a battery; flashlights, toys, clocks…
Watches really are the same way, but worse.
You see, when your watch battery corrodes, it’s literally sitting directly on top of the watch movement. That acid leaks all over your parts and rusts them, fuses them together. And many times, the watch is ruined, or you’ll have to replace the entire movement just to get the watch ticking again.
If you catch it in time, the damage might not be great. But if you leave it for a year, 2 years, 5… then it could be adios to your expensive wrist watch.
This is why it’s crucial to remove the battery from the watch if you’re not going to wear it for an extended period of time (I’d say at least 6 months).
Pop the back off the watch, find the battery, and remove it…
Granted, you’ll probably need yourself a watch tool kit to be able to open and unscrew everything, but it’s way cheaper than buying a new watch.
You can also take your watch into a jewelry store and ask them to remove the battery. Just make sure you get the battery back, so you know which battery it was that fit inside your watch (they make hundreds of different sizes). Put the battery in a ziplock bag, and mark on it which watch it went to. That way, it’s easy to put it back in, or buy a replacement battery when that one dies.
It’s a simple thing that most people don’t think about.
People only think about it when they want to wear their watch again, and it’s not working, so they bring it in to get a new cell… Only to find out, their old one corroded the entire guts of the watch. Ouch! Hard lesson to learn.
So if you’re not wearing it, store it. Save your watch, and the movement.