Why Isn’t My Watch Working: 4 Answers

Working Watch

Imagine this: finally taking a plunge. You get a designer watch that you’ve been eyeing for months. And then one day, gasp: it stopped working!

Stressed, panicking, the knobs are turned, the dial is tapped, and you’re wondering: what’s gone wrong?

What to do now? Like any other mechanical, battery-operated machine, watches are subject to performance issues and can stop working without warning.

However, why is your watch not working? There are four (4) ways that you can answer that. It is usually the battery or if the watch has encountered water and physical damage. Lastly, a watch can stop working if it has an issue with its manufacturing.


If it’s the battery, then you have to figure it out. First, you must learn if the battery of your watch is quartz or mechanical.

There’s an easy way to do it. This way is to check if the “seconds” hand ticks across the dial or if it sweeps.

If it ticks, this usually means it’s a quartz watch; if it sweeps, it’s mechanical. Unlike mechanical watches, quartz-powered watches are cheaper and way easier to power up again. On the other hand, mechanical watches need more attention.

Quartz watches lost their functions commonly due to their dead battery. Usually, fine watches powered by quartz last for at least two (2) years. However, there are external factors that impact the battery life of your watch. Some of the factors include:

  • If the watch is digital
  • Battery size
  • Watch functions and frequency of usage
  • Frequency of usage of the chronograph function
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures

It is better to take your watch to a skilled repair shop. There, a technician will check the battery. If the battery is dead, they will replace it. It is better to have someone professional work and check on your watch, as they know how to deal with mishaps like those. It is not advisable to replace the battery on your own.

Take care of your Seiko Astron if you own one.

Water Damage

A single drop of water touching the insides of the watch will affect how the watch works. When exposed to water, the watch gears’ tiny parts will oxidize and rust.

It will continue to stop working over a short time, so much so that the gears and parts are no longer repairable. Instead, they will have to be replaced.

One cause for the need to replace due to damage is that the seals inside the watch can fail. Another is that if the watch is exposed and submerged in water with its crown out, the seals also incur damage.

Manufacturing Damage

Another reason is that the unit you got may have manufacturing damage. You might have just gotten a bad watch or had a bad batch.

Have you ever tried to break down what’s inside a watch? If you haven’t, then it’s quite an experience. Inside the watch, there are a million minuscule gears and delicate pieces.

Together, they work and make the watch tick. If you ever fumble with one gear, everything can stay intact.

Or rather, the watch will not last. As a result, if your watch malfunctions, it can be attributed to such an error.

To correct a manufacturing mistake, you can contact your watch manufacturer.

Physical Damage

Lastly, physical damage is one of the more obvious reasons your watch has stopped functioning, and ever dropped the watch more times than you can remember.

That means something inside your watch has loosened. A quick fix for a loose part is to get it to a watch technician or directly send the watch to the manufacturer if there is excessive damage.

Wrapping Up

There are common reasons why your watch has stopped working. However, a good fix for them is a visit to a technician.

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