Reasons Watches Stop Working

By Mary Jane

Wrist watches are a common fashion accessory for both men and women. However, watches often stop working for unexplainable reasons. At least the reasons appear to be unexplainable to the owners. But the reasons why watches stop working are rather simple. While some damages can be prevented, others are simply unavoidable.

Battery life

The battery life of a watch is the most common reason why watches stop functioning. If the watch is digital, the battery life will die more rapidly if used often. Depending on the size of the battery, daily use can also affect the speed and effect of the battery. In a non-digital watch, the battery life is longer, but can be affected in other ways. The oils that are added during the construction phase can place a strain on the gears, which results in an overload on the battery.

Water damage

To function properly, the inside of the watch needs to be completely dry. This includes dampness and moisture. Even single drops of water can affect the functionality of the watch. A watch might stop working if it suffers from water damage. This is because the seals within the watch deteriorate. The small and sensitive parts and gears become rusted and irreparable over a small period of time.

Poor construction

A watch might also stop due to poor construction on the part of the manufacturer. A general wrist watch, for example, is filled with many small gears and sensitive parts, which must be installed properly. When a watch stops working due to poor construction, it is often because a small part has become detached from the system itself.

Physical damage

Wrist watches are more prone to physical damage than any other type of watch or clock. This is because humans use their hands for many practical things and often, wrist watches become a habit to wear, and thus unnoticeable for the owner. If a watch suffers physical damage, it might stop working because something within the watch has become detached or broken. This includes the internal gears or the sensitive mechanisms that make the watch a system.

High electrical fields

On rare occasions, it is the owner that is unconsciously at fault for the watch not working. This is because humans have electrical currents running through their bodies and while it is not at a noticeable level, it does sometimes affect the batteries in wrist watches. Individuals with higher electrical currents affect the batteries. While a person with a relatively low electrical current can wear a functional wrist watch up to a year without problems, a person with higher electrical currents may only be able to wear a watch for two days until the battery is completely drained. This is scientifically proven and although it is not spoken of often, it is a common phenomenon.

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.