Changing a Breitling Battery

Updated March 23, 2017

Watch batteries eventually reach the end of their life and need replacing. Swiss company Breitling manufactures a range of high-end watches which are used by professional pilots and those with specialised sports hobbies and are considered luxury items. You can change the battery in your Breitling watch using a speciality wrench and normal household tools. This procedure should be carried out in a dry, well-lit area to avoid corroding the inside of the watch.

Clean your Breitling watch with a soft cloth to get rid of any dirt or debris. Purchase a case back wrench from a jeweller or an online source.

Put the watch face down on a soft cloth. Look at the case back to identify whether it is a screw-back case or a snap-off case. If it is a snap-off case then push a knife under the edge and apply gentle pressure to pry the case open.

Insert the prongs of a case back wrench into the slots on the back of the watch. Twist the wrench counterclockwise to simultaneously turn the slots and open the back.

Lift out the old battery using tweezers. Try not to touch the other working parts. If the battery is held in place by a screw then loosen the screw to release the battery. If it is held in place by a spring clip then lift one end of the clip up with fine-point tweezers to release it. If there is a permanent clip then slide the battery out to one side using the tweezers. Insert the new battery in exactly the same position and replace any clips.

Reapply the watch back. Twist the case back wrench clockwise to close the back of the watch.


Breitling SA warn that this procedure should only be carried out by an authorised Breitling dealer. Changing the battery yourself will void any warranty you have with Breitling for your watch.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Knife
  • Case back wrench
  • Tweezers
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