This is easy – but allow time to do it as it is a slightly fiddly operation.
You will need:
A sharp blade such as a “Stanley” knife.
A small pair of pliers
A small bladed flat screwdriver
It is best to work from the back of the watch, it is more accessible and if you do have an accident you won’t scratch in a visible place. Place the watch upright with the winder at the top. It is best to cut off the old strap with a very sharp knife – don’t try this at home kids!! A small pair of pliers is then useful to slide the old retaining pin left or right to release the spring loaded ends.
Take one strap off at a time so you get them on the right way round. At the end of the new strap is the new pin. From the back of the watch, insert the lower pin into the visible hole, and rest the upper pin against the opposite lug.
With a thin blade, depress the pin head and slide it under the upper lug moving it slightly to locate the hole on the underside. Bingo!
Mesh straps are a bit different as you cannot cut them with a Stanley blade or similar. Instead, you will need a thin bladed screwdriver, or small and slim but strong blade to insert and try to push the outer pin towards the other end. As a last resort, the pin is weaker than the case shanks so a gentle twist with pliers might free it.
Retro straps contain a stiffening piece of plastic which you won’t be able to cut through. On the back, you should be able to see a hole to access the pin. As above, a small screwdriver should get you out of trouble.
No battery lasts for ever, so eventually it will need replacing. When the watch stops isa good indication that it is time to replace it; and when the second hand behaves erratically is an indication that an upcoming stoppage is about to happen.
When the battery is replaced, a good repairer should also re-seal the watch so that the waterproofness is maintained.
Do not go to the market stall to replace it! Do not go to one of the High Street shops that advertise battery replacement. Do go to a specialist watch repairer if you have one near you.
Alternatively, you can send it to one of the retailers advertising on line, or send it to the official Mondaine Service Centre. You will not need to speak French or German to do this, as they are located in Leicester! See the page on servicing under this same tab.
Determine your price point. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Or once you have refined your choice then revisit your budget to see if you are still within your objectives. Generally, mechanical watches, by nature of their movements, are more costly than quartz watches, but there are a number of other factors that affect the cost of watches.
Let your lifestyle and environment be your guide. The selection of a watch, in terms of style, design and brand, is purely based on individual taste. But there are a few factors that you should consider when selecting a watch from the Mondaine stable. All the watches are of superb quality but certain watches will do certain jobs better than others.
To get started, ask yourself a few simple questions:
* What is your lifestyle? * In what type of environment will you wear the watch? * In what types of activities will you participate while wearing the watch?
If you have a sedentary lifestyle, and no rigorous hobbies such as gardening, then perhaps a simple clear watch like the basic EVO is for you. If you are older, or have restricted vision, then again this watch may be for you. Gardening and simple DIY tasks are no problem for this watch, but if you have more rugged or demanding hobbies you might think a more robust watch would be better. Variations include Date or Day Date options which are clearly visible.
To get started, ask yourself a few simple questions: If your live a casual lifestyle, enjoy sports and outdoor activities, and your watch will occasionally be exposed to the elements, consider purchasing a sports watch. If you’re a sports-enthusiast, think about a chronograph which features a stopwatch function. If your lifestyle revolves around the corporate world and you want a watch that projects a professional image, consider the classic and timeless design. For a traditional look, choose a leather strap. For a look with a modern edge, select a larger size with a steel metal bracelet. Above all, when selecting your watch, look for one that conveys your unique personality and individuality. The watch must ultimately be one that you love.
Consider the maintenance the watch will require. The manual automatic watch should be cleaned and serviced every three years or so to ensure trouble-free time keeping and to retain the value of the watch. In quartz (battery operated) watches, the watch should be serviced when the battery is replaced. A watch battery usually lasts between two and five years, depending on the type of watch. When the second hand starts jumping every five seconds, it is time to have the battery replaced. Because the majority of people own quartz watches, it is very critical to stress that battery changes should be done by Mondaine authorised service center. If for some reason this is not possible the battery change should be done by a professional watchmaker. The reason for this is that during the battery replacement, the o-ring (gasket) must also be replaced and reattached to the back cover of the watch, then the watch must be properly sealed and undergo a water resistance test. A wide variety of businesses now offer “while-you-wait battery replacements,” allowing you to walk away happy with a new battery and a watch that is once again running. Unfortunately, you may later be disappointed to find water droplets on the dial of your watch, or worse yet, no signs of leakage–that is until your watch stops completely. Then it may be too late to repair the watch without a complete overhaul.
Consider your wrist size. How big is your existing watch and are you happy with the size and profile? Are you thin wristed or large wristed? If you do not have a preference, check the circumference of your wrist and the measurement across the wrist where you normally wear a watch. Mondaine watches for men vary from 38-43mm. Some people prefer to wear a large watch to make a fashion statement – do you favour this?
Before you take the dive, check for water-resistance! Water-resistance is measured in bars (unit of pressure, 1 bar being equivalent to 1 atmosphere), and watches are tested at these pressures for a certain period of time. Exceptional pressure, as when diving, may exceed those limits, so if you are a diving enthusiast you will need a watch that can tolerate those conditions. As a general rule, the following guidelines apply: 3 atm (30 m or 100 ft): rain, gentle splash, swimming, splashing in pool, but not heavy diving or jumping 10 atm (100 m or 330 ft): minimum for sport diving 20 atm or more for serious diving
The above is only intended to clarify the choice process – above all enjoy your purchasing process, as it should be as enjoyable as wearing it. Don’t forget, your Mondaine retailer is experienced at this process so talk to them and ask their opinions.