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This puzzled me too. I finally figured out that the the stem is ther to keep the band from falling off if the connecting pins fall out. There is a small **** in the watch side of my watchband that goes over the stem,
depends if you want the same factory crown or just one that looks nice but not the official crown , but crown , if stem is not broking around 15 - 20 dollars to replace, crown and stem around 30 4-5 dollars to replace.
mcdevito75 here, A new stem and crown Approx. for your Tag Heuer, $125.00 that"s if the stem is broken, if the stem just pulled out it may be able to be saved. Check here at fixya, bottom of page, click on repair service directory the watches.
if you broke the stem and its left a peice inside the movement then i would ask your repairer for a module exchange this is cheaper than servicing and a new crown 55.00 or send it back to seiko they are very good with there prices.you wont have the tools you need to replace it yourself..
mcdevito75 here, hello Diane, I'm afraid your jeweler is correct, and so are you. It is adviseable to pull the stem out to save the battery BUT, only if your not going to wear your watch for a long time, not just over night, here"s the problem!! the quartz mechanism and most of the works are plastic, and plastic while fairly flexable when new, gets hard over time, your pulling the stem to stop the watch everyday or even once a week most likely broke the switch in the mechanism that starts the watch, if so your only option is to replace the movement if you can get one. Pull the stem to stop your watch only if your not going to wear your watch for say 2 weeks toa month.
There are two possible causes: settting lever in your watch is broke/out of engagement or stem is broke. Not a big deal, but watchmakers skills are needed to fix it, as watch must be dismantled. Any decent watchmaker can do it, so, just find your nearest watch repair shop and ask to fix it. Prices may vary, but no more than 25% of the cost of watch itself. P.S. It is called Crown or Winding Crown (you say bezel).
Do not open the watch yet, as you do not know how to get the stem out. Take an eyeglass and examine the crown. You will find the small hub in the centre of the crown. If the centre of this hub is hollow and you can see the thread in it- you will be able to screw it back on stem (all watch crowns are screwed on to stems, never pressed). If the centre of that hub looks filled with metal, then the stem end is broke and you will need replace stem AND crown (the metal filling the hub is the broken end of stem). In case if the crown still in tact, let me know by asking questions and I'll guide you through all the process HOW TO.