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Question Regarding Nike Lance Accent ACG watches(13 posts)

Question Regarding Nike Lance Accent ACG watchesRyan
Nov 14, 2003 6:33 AM
I own a Nike Lance 2 Accent ACG watch. Recently the battery went dead. The manual says to send the watch away with $25 to have the battery changed by Nike, as you could mess up the seals if you perform this task yourself. To me this seems outrageous; changing the battery in a watch should be a simple task. Has anyone here changed their own battery on one of these watches? Should I do it myself (or have a watch maker) change the battery, or do I bite the bullet and spend the $25 to have this process done by Nike.

Thanks in Advance.
Take it to a jeweler and have them do it (nm)innergel
Nov 14, 2003 6:49 AM
depends on if you want it to be waterproof or notterry b
Nov 14, 2003 7:15 AM
often, watches that are rated beyond 30 meters or so must have their batteries changes in a manner that retains the sealing properties of the gaskets. the jewelry store in the mall is usually not set up to do this. I've made the decision that I'm willing to forego the extreme water resistance in favor of not sending them off to be changed. I get them done at the mall, with the explicit understanding that I can no longer dive to 200 feet and expect the watch to survive (in truth, it's a safe bet because I don't dive at all.)
depends on if you want it to be waterproof or notRyan
Nov 14, 2003 8:34 AM
I don't dive either. However, I do swim occasionally. Will the still be water proof if were used in a swimming pool or in the shower?

the problem with the nike watchlancezneighbor
Nov 14, 2003 9:45 AM
is the way the back plate meets the case. I showed it to many jewelers who wouldn't even touch it. They just shook their heads. ANd a couple of these were high end watch dealers. The watch almost gets rebuilt just changing the battery. Most new nike watches have a user changeable battery. Bad bad design.
Jewelers are full of stuffFez
Nov 14, 2003 12:20 PM
"High end" jewelers are snotty. Go in there with a sports watch they don't sell and they'll give attitude. But more often, its the salesperson you have to drop it off with. Oftentimes, the salesperson has absolutely no clue (think new car salesman and a mechanical problem with your 6 month old car).

They send it away or a watch repairman comes in at regular intervals to do it.

If you can't access the battery yourself, you have to take it in to some place that changes watch batteries. For expensive watches like Tags or Omegas, the cost is often $35-$60 or more.

I doubt anyone would do it for less than 10 dollars plus the cost of the battery. That would get you pretty close to the Nike cost.

One possible advantage to the Nike option is they would most likely replace the gasket. Anybody local would likely reuse it.

I heard that when people sent their Polar HRMs in for battery replacement, they often got them tested and had crystals or watchbands replaced at no additional cost. If it was really messed up, they were often offered really inexpensive replacements.

I doubt Nike would do that, but I still think its a good idea to send it in.
yes and noterry b
Nov 14, 2003 12:48 PM
I've had my Tags (and a couple of other Swiss watches) done before my very eyes at the local Ben Bridge jewelers in the mall. So they don't always send them out. They were clear though - if I wanted to retain the 200 meter certification, it had to be sent to Seattle and cost $50. Knowing that the worst it was ever going to see was a pool or shower, I let them do it and life has been fine.

I agree though with the attitude - I imagine handing them my Revue-Thommen Airspeed would get a different response then handing them a Fossil. But, in this particular case, they know me as a customer so they'd probably do it anyway.

Both Sears and Pennys have small watch repair places, I've used them for my less expensive units.
Nov 14, 2003 8:39 PM
I always figure better to be safe than sorry. I don't dive with mine, but even for submersion in the ocean or pool, I would feel better knowing it was pressure tested and had new seals.

Fortunately, every Tag I have had over the past decade has lasted 5+ years in battery life and I have more than one watch, so I don't mind the wait.
send it back to Lance nmcyclopathic
Nov 14, 2003 7:39 AM
re: Question Regarding Nike Lance Accent ACG watchesebb2
Nov 14, 2003 9:27 AM
I bit the bullet and sent mine back to the company. I took it to several jewelers and they wouldn't touch it. I spent that much for the watch, I certainly didn't want some yahoo to screw it up.
Jewelers won't touch it...lancezneighbor
Nov 14, 2003 9:37 AM
it HAS to be send back IF you want it to be waterproof. I have two nike watches, (newer ones do NOT have this design FLAW) I've had to send them both in. The watches came back nice and shiny but it was a pain to ship it and had to wait 4 weeks.
re: Question Regarding Nike Lance Accent ACG watchesGFocker
Nov 14, 2003 9:51 AM
I've got a Suunto watch which is very similar. I've changed the battery 3 times and it is still waterproof. $25 is ridiculous!
Suunto is a GREAT watchlancezneighbor
Nov 14, 2003 10:32 AM
I have the x6HR. Very easy to change the battery, and the best thing is that the watch keeps all that data stored for 5 minutes while the battery is removed.