Who has not taken their watch to either a jewelry shop or a big box store and had their watch battery changed? Safe to say many of us have unless we are wearing analog watches still.
Nonetheless let me warn you to pay attention to something. I have been burned by this ploy two times so far. I won't ever let it happen again.
Yesterday I took four watches to a jewelry store for new batteries. They were just fine when I took them out of the watch case. I put the watches into a plastic bag and carried them to the jewelry store. The girl took them out and told me my wait time. I sat down. Soon she came back waving my favorite watch and when I went over to her, she said the crystal was cracked. Indeed it was and friends. I KNOW she did it as she took the back off. The watches WERE in good shape when I brought them in. She cracked the crystal and she was not decent enough to take responsibility. I had the same thing happen at the W store (you know where I mean) and that person was so crafty after breaking it that she put it in a jeweler's slim envelope and sealed it . Then she handed it back too me. I never dreamed I needed to open it so I went on my way after paying and a few days later I took the watch out to find its crystal shattered!
Oh I was mad. I went straight there to (the W store) and asked to speak to the Manager. Of course she claimed not to believe me. I told her how the thing had been wrapped up and sealed to discourage me from looking and that it had not been damaged prior to that woman having it as I took it off my wrist! She pretended not to credit what I said and made the woman come over to the conversation. I showed her the watch and asked if she broke it. Of course she denied it. I asked to no avail if they would pay to have the crystal replaced. They declined. So I got stuck paying over 70.00 to a watch maker (no one else des it around here) and now, here we go again. The woman was not there working later on but several months had passed so it likely was not due to her negligence and lying to me.
Here next is what I meant by my title. Before you hand your watch over...LOOK at it carefully and say aloud that "there is no damage to this watch" and have them acknowledge it. Then you'll have a leg to stand on.
I am out another 70-80 dollars for a simple plain crystal (not sapphire). Thanks to someone who values a lie over the truth. I know she broke it.