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Is Happy Day! Not a new watch, but new life for an old watch...
avatar October 10, 2018 08:39AM
I was able to get this 800m Ti vintage quartz diver working again - it had stopped running - battery change hadn't worked - sent to Citizen to repair - they said they don't have parts. I was researching possible replacement movements and potential donor movements, but I thought - let me try one more battery. I opened the case, put in a new 371 battery and it didn't work. 

I remembered I had some WD40 electrical contact cleaner spray, so I tried spraying the movement with it - after it dried - voila! It started ticking again. I am just really happy to have one of my favorite dive watches running again. 

So, lesson here is - if you have a quartz movement that appears to have stopped working - shoot it with some electrical contact cleaner and it just might start again.

Here's some pics on the new thick beadblasted bracelet I had bought for it right before it stopped. 


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Is Happy Day! Not a new watch, but new life for an old watch... Jpeg Attachments Mike D 263 October 10, 2018 08:39AM
Nice bracelet! I ordered a new movement for my Ti diver and just changed the date wheel... marsss25 102 October 17, 2018 05:50PM
Can't wait to see it, buddy! Cheers! (n/t) James T. Kirk© 88 October 18, 2018 03:14AM
Great save on an epic watch, Mike! Applause (n/t) Ethan Mack 103 October 13, 2018 05:16PM
Thank you, Ethan! (n/t) Mike D 98 October 13, 2018 07:54PM
Great post Mike! Sweet diver Thumbs Up (n/t) Hector 103 October 13, 2018 08:15AM
Thank you, Hector! (n/t) Mike D 100 October 13, 2018 09:17AM
That watch: right in my alley! Cool James T. Kirk© 103 October 11, 2018 02:36AM
Thanks, Johan - that does make sense! (n/t) Mike D 104 October 11, 2018 05:11AM
Terrific rescue! (n/t) RussMurray 98 October 10, 2018 07:31PM
Thank you, Russ! (n/t) Mike D 104 October 11, 2018 05:10AM
Well done. What a great looking watch. Applause (n/t) Robmks 108 October 10, 2018 05:07PM
Thanks, Bob! (n/t) Mike D 107 October 11, 2018 05:10AM
I believe I would get my cleaner at the auto parts store. The special stuff for cleaning a Mass Airflow Sensor. BF Hammer 105 October 10, 2018 03:30PM
I actually have a can of mass airflow sensor cleaner. Didn't think to use that. Thanks! (n/t) Mike D 102 October 10, 2018 04:17PM
Great idea! I'll remember that for a couple I've got here! (n/t) jhargrave 105 October 10, 2018 01:37PM
Thanks! (n/t) Mike D 105 October 10, 2018 04:15PM
Good job! I'll keep that in mind. That is one chunky and cool watch! Cool The bracelet is perfect. (n/t) Zeb 100 October 10, 2018 09:43AM
Thanks, Dan - the only thing that would make it truly perfect would be if it were Ti as well, but it's damned near close. (n/t) Mike D 105 October 10, 2018 04:16PM
Awesome job rescuing it! Dre 111 October 10, 2018 09:10AM
That should be use a pencil's eraser to clean electrical contacts. Smile BF Hammer 110 October 10, 2018 03:26PM

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