Many moons ago – back in the days when even attempting to browse parts of the Tissot website from outside Switzerland was verboten (yes, really), I bought myself an original ‘T-Touch’ model.
Despite numerous stories of other people experiencing dodgy compasses, wonky buttons and movement failures, this little geek beauty served me perfectly as a more or less daily wear for many many years.
In fact, it was at least a full eight years before the battery gave up the ghost and I packed the watch away until I got around to getting a new battery installed.
Fast-forward to today and I’ve found that that isn’t the simple exercise I thought it would be - far from it in fact.
Having traipsed around in the Brisbane heat for most of my lunch-hour it now seems that not only does the watch have to go back to Tissot (fair enough, it’s a techie piece), but there’s a better than even chance Tissot will elect to not change the battery at all.
In fact, it turns out that for old T-Touch models such as mine that they’re more likely to elect to ‘offer’ me a new T-Touch at a discount, rather than attempt a battery change.
I know it’s a discontinued watch, but I’m not sure what to make of that – especially as I was told by multiple dealers that this would cost me somewhere around $500-$700 to transact (yes .. I’d get a new watch, but that’s one hell of an expensive battery change!).
Effectively that’s forced obsolescence for the sake of a (pretty standard) battery.
So, I guess I’m left with three choices:
1. Wear something else and write-off using my much loved T-Touch
2. Pay for a new T-Touch when I have a perfectly capable one (minus any juice to power it!)
3. Attempt to change the battery myself.
With regards option 3 I was given a range of horror stories from the dealers around ‘specialist equipment’, ‘calibration’, ‘nuclear meltdown’ etc., but a bit of Googling reveals that it doesn’t actually look that hard and I’m very tempted to try that approach.
What do you think?
Should I just accept that it’s now old technology and move on, or should we expect to be able to at least get a change of battery, regardless of watch age? (other failures, sure thing – no more parts etc – I get that).
On a related note, I had a battery change for a Tag Heuer from an even older vintage recently and that went just fine :-)
Sort of cross, kind of confused, quite disappointed … :-(