anyway, instead of getting the battery replaced, i decided to be "practical" and get a new watch that does not require a battery. i was lucky enough that macy's department store was having an extra 25% off in addition to other benefits for having their credit card. i also used a gift card i received after participating in their donation promo this past holiday season. i believe the promo was something like you donate $25 for a charity macy's sponsors and any spending savings you get from the month of October to December will be given to you as a gift card. let's just say i got back what i donated and more.