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Quartz Watch Not Starting After Battery Change




I took my trusty Swiss Army Watch (24221) to an electronics store for a battery change, and they tried a battery that was a hair too thick, then one that was too thin, before we found the proper size (Renata 371 in case anyone has the same problem). However, the watch did not spring back to life. It had worked fine prior to the battery change (except that it was signalling low voltage with that jumpy sweep of the second hand every few seconds). Also, I was present for the whole procedure and didn't see any undue handling or any insulators falling out or anything that could explain it not restarting.



Does anyone have an idea what the problem could be? I'd prefer not to throw out one of my favorite watches if there is still something that can be done, or at least know how to verify that it is really dead. I read that sometimes the "gears have to be spun" to resuscitate the movement, and that this can be done physically or magnetically. How is that done?


I'd appreciate any advice from the highly skilled readership here!


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I think this is an FE movement. There is a positive contact (the one you slightly unscrew to release the battery). and obviously a negative contact. Make sure the battery is not upside down. The writing on the battery should be facing upwards.


The second thing to look for is to make sure the battery isolator is not missing. This, I think, is orange in colour and resides between the lower negative contact - between the negative contact and the lower plate. If the negative of the battery is in any way touching the metal plate of the watch movement (e.g. if the isolator is missing) then the battery will be shorting and the watch will not work.


Isolators can easily be overlooked when removing the battery and a less experienced technician will not realise it was there in the first place.


I hope this helps.

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I'd take it to someone else myself, if he was fiddling around with different batteries, he was rubbish & didn't  have a clue! if you take it to the right person they can


A. make sure the battery is in properly.

B. do a simple test to see if the movement is running electronically.

C. use something like a witschi cyclonic to clear any debris from the train.

D. diagnose & fix what everys gone wrong!

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I think some of the (maybe older?) movements need a reset after a battery change. I remember doing it once but it was so long ago I don't even remember the procedure. I believe some section needs to be shorted or something.


Recently I had my neighbor watch for a battery change. After replacing with the correct battery number the watch wouldn't run. It checked Ok in the tester (good coil, pulse) and then I dropped it accidentally....when I picked it up it was running again. Please, don't try that at home!



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then I dropped it accidentally....when I picked it up it was running again.


C. use something like a witschi cyclonic to clear any debris from the train.


Or drop it! :D

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