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Re: Battery Life in quartz Seamaster models?

: Now, the battery must be replaced and the seals verified to assure the water
: resistance of the watch. While I realize that I'm probably going to have
: to (over)pay for both services, I am not very happy about it.

While batteries are not normally covered under warranty, the original battery should certainly last longer than 4 months from the original purchase date.

If you got the watch from an authorized dealer, they should replace the battery for free with little or no resistance. You should also ask them to check that it was only a battery problem, and not something wrong with the watch.

If you bought it new from a gray market dealer, then it may have been old stock - which may explain why a battery that should run 2 to 4 years was at the end of its life. Hopefully, you could get them to replace the battery for free - or at least split the cost.

If you bought the watch used, well then the battery being old is a reasonable expectation. In that case, it is appropriate for you to replace it at your own expense.

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