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Dear Mike:

I have a quartz Constellation and a quartz Sea Master (120m). The Constellation was purchased in December 1998 from an authorized dealer and the Sea Master was purchased in February 1999 from a local Costco store.

On the case-back of each watch was a round, clear, plastic (removable) sticker containing the Omega name and logo with the words "battery change" followed by a date. On the Constellation the date reads "06 00" representing June 2000 and on the Seamaster the date reads "12 02" representing December 2002. Obviously the watch purchased from the authorized dealer was older stock.

Although I haven't had either watch for quite a year, neither have given me any problems.

I am surprised that your watches didn't have the battery change sticker.

I hope this helps.



: On 18 March 1999 my wife and I gave each other Seamaster Professional Diver
: watches as anniversary presents.

: My wife's watch is model no. 2382.2000. On Saturday, 31 July, we noticed the
: second hand had begun jumping in 4-second increments, which is of course
: the low battery indicator. Seven hours later the watch stopped completely.
: Since she had checked the time within the previous half-hour and noticed
: nothing wrong, this seems to indicate that once that signal begins there's
: not much life left in the battery.

: Presumably that battery had been in place, and the watch running, from the
: time it left the factory.

: So, my question to the forum is, what kind of battery life should one expect
: with an OMEGA quartz movement? Even though I accept that batteries do run
: down, frankly, it upsets me that my wife only got four months and two
: weeks of usage out of this fine timepiece before the battery ran out,
: while a five-year-old digital watch costing one-fortieth the price of the
: Seamaster is still humming happily along on its original battery.

: 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.

: Comments anyone?(feel free to email if you prefer)

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