How Much Time Should your Watch Battery Give you?


A watch battery is one of its most important components. With this in mind, whenever you purchase a watch or a new watch battery, you’ll want to know how long a life it will give your time piece.

Although this is a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ question, as there are so many variables involved, it’s always good to have a rough idea of what to expect from your watch.

What Variables will affect my Watch Battery?

Just like a smartphone battery, the lifespan of your watch battery will be affected by what it is powering. If you have a basic watch with no second hand, it will last longer than a watch with multiple functions, such as a second hand, date function, or light up face will have a shorter lifespan.

Digital watches will be affected by the likes of alarms, pedometers, world clock functions and compasses, to name but a few. Any extras such as these will always be a bigger drain on the battery life than a simple analogue watch’s battery.

What about Smart Watches?

Just as with traditional digital watches, smart watches’ battery lives will be affected by how many apps and functions are running at any given time, but have the added complication of needing their battery charged regularly. If you’re finding that your smart watch’s battery is running flat more quickly than you would like, there are some things you can do to help maintain a longer battery life. These include:

  • Updating the operating system to the newest version available. This will mean that the battery isn’t constantly fighting an old system.
  • Keep the watch at an ambient temperature: often too hot or too cold temperatures can cause a battery to run flatter more quickly than normal.
  • If you plan not to use your watch for six months or more, power down the battery and store it half-charged, away from moisture. This will mean that the battery won’t be adversely affected when you come to use it again.

When will my New Watch Battery be at its Best?

The best battery your watch will ever have will be the one it’s installed with from new. This isn’t necessarily because new watches come with better batteries, but more because they are the optimum battery for that type of watch, as supplied by the manufacturer, and also your watch is in its best functioning order.

When new, your watch will be well oiled and clean, which is also why it’s important to have your watch serviced every two years, as a professional service will increase the life of any new watch battery. Some people have even claimed to have had watch batteries that have lasted as long as five years when they’ve kept their watch in good working order!

When is there something Wrong with your Watch or its Battery?

If you’re having to buy a new watch battery every six months or less, then this indicates that there is something wrong with the watch. This may well be a red flag to have the watch professionally serviced to ensure that there isn’t a problem with the watch, or if there is, to make sure that it doesn’t adversely affect any new watch batteries in future.

Whatever questions you may have over new watch batteries, feel free to ask the advice of our friendly team at EK Jewellers in Ilford. We can install a new watch battery on our premises, and will happily talk you through how to maintain your watch’s battery to a high standard.


Posted on by Ian Tubby.