Tip & How-To about Watches

Keeping moisture out of your watch

Getting moisture into your watch is due to one of 3 possible causes.
A cracked or loose crystal.
A worn or bent crown or pusher buttons.
A worn out or missing gasket.
Over the years we see a lot of watches come in for a battery and the gasket is gone or missing. Bent buttons or crowns have gasket or O rings that also fail.
Always try to go to a store with a watchmaker or Watch technician on staff so he can recommend a new crystal, crown, button or back gasket. Good luck and keep em ticking. Gabe.

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Watch has film inside the glass. Also, the finish has began to decay in appearance.


The film is from moisture getting into your watch. Moisture can get in one of 3 ways generally. The crystal if cracked, the crown, or the back. In your case since you have buttons for the mulch-functions of the watch you add a possible place for moisture to enter. Take the watch to a watchmaker or watch repair person. Your watch has to be taken out of the case and the case needs to be cleaned. Next the watch tec. may be able to see just where the seals failed and replace them. We of course do this. Also if the gasket is old or out of shape this is a culprit as well.
Hope this helps, gabe

Aug 28, 2013 | Field and Stream F25SLUMI Wrist Watch

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How can I changw the glass for this watch?


In order to replace the crystal on your watch you are going to have to remove the entire movement and use a watch press to remove the crystal.
this is not an easy job and should be done by a professional
First you will need to get a watch back opener to unscrew the back of your Tag. The three slots should fit into the back of the watch. tighten the opener until it is firmly on. then turn counter close wise until back of case comes off.
Next you will need to remove the watch hand and crown. Becareful doing this for pressing to hard will break your set leveler. You will need a thin pin pusher and look on the back of the movement for an arrow pointing toward a hole in the movement. Push down and at the same time pull the stem and crown out of movement. turn the watch right side up and the watch movement should fall out. Place movement on a very safe spot so not to damage movement or dial
now you will you be ready to remove crystal Since it is a friction crystal you will need to do use a watch case press . find two die that fit exactly the watch and crystal use a scooped side and place it on the bottom side of the watch press. Next use a flat die to place on top of the case press. place the watch face down. you will be pushing the watch crystal out from the top. Press down on the level and check to see if the crystal came loose, keep doing so till the crystal comes out.
finally you will need to measure the thickness and diameter of the crystal and find the exact size. I believe this watch has a sapphire crystal so you will need a sapphire crystal too.
Once you buy the proper crystal it is time to put the it in the watch. Place the watch face up in your watch press. and slip the crystal in through the top making sure its perfectly even all around. Slowly push down on the leveler until proper pressure is applied and the crystal snaps in.
Now you have new crystal . Clean crystal thoroughly and the inside of the case. Place watch upside down carefully place movement back in. slide spacer in . Now slide watch stem and crown back in push down again on the set leveler with pin pusher.
Place case cover on back and tighten properly to prevent water or moisture from entering and you are done.
This repair should be done by a professional especially on such a nice watch. Any watchmaker can do this job and will have the tools to do it properly

Jan 27, 2012 | Tag Heuer Carrera GMT WV2113.FC6169 Wrist...

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water (vapor) under the crystal


Water condensation on the inside of your watch crystal means that moisture has entered your watch, most likely through the hole in which the setting crown/stem is fitted, or, possibly, through the door of your battery compartment. It's usually easier for water to enter a watch then to leave it again. Water inside a watch can quickly corrode delicate parts, causing erratic timekeeping and premature failure of the watch, so you'll want to get it out of your watch as quickly as possible.

Fortunately, it's not that difficult to get moisture out of a Swatch. Pull the crown out into the time setting position and remove the back battery hatch. Then, turn the watch face down and leave it in the sun for a few hours. If you're worried about dust and/or rain getting into your watch, leave it inside a parked car that's in the sun--that will actually speed up the drying process, as car interiors, with the windows closed, quickly heat up far beyond outside ambient temperatures (except in winter). If it's dark outside, you can accelerate the drying process by using a hair dryer set to low / medium heat and heating the crystal gently until the moisture has evaporated. You don't want to heat the crystal too much or else it may start to melt or crack.

Once the water is out of the watch, close up the battery compartment and update the time/date for your watch. You should be good to go, as long as you try to keep your watch dry when doing things like washing hands and the like. If you had been doing so, it's also time to stop wearing your watch when you shower, wash your car, or engage in other activities where the watch is exposed to a lot of water.

Jun 01, 2011 | Swatch Watches

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The seconds hand doesn't reset to zero when you activate the chronometer with the pusher A and stop it with the same one, you can reset with the pusher B, but it doesn't reset to zero y goes to about the 5 minute marker.


CROWN SETTINGS:
1....... Running position/screwed
2 .......Date correction
3........Time correction

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Procedure to set the mode using Push Buttons

Pusher A: Start/Stop Chronograph
Pusher B: Change to Chronograph mode/ Reset to zero

Note if by pressing button B and it doesn't reset to zero, you can adjust the time by following the procedure below

1. Set crown to position 3
2. Press pusher A to realign second hand
3. Press pusher B to realign counter hand at 6H
Note: For faster hand adjustment, hold pusher for 2 seconds or more

Hope this information will help you!

May 17, 2011 | Technomarine Us Navy NAUT05 Gents Watch

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i bought my relic watch last year around christmas time it claims on the back of my watch it is water resistant up to 165 meters i haven't even gone close to that depth for the past 3 months or so my watch has been fogging up which makes it impossible to tell time at allthis only accurs when i am actually wearing it what can i do to get this problem fixxed


The most common failure of a watch to be water resistant is caused by a faulty contact between the case at an opening around the glass, crown, or pushbutton and the opening's gasket. Worn or defective rubber O-rings are often a cause of failure. Condensation forming under the crystal of a watch following a sharp temperature change (a swim after a stretch in the sun, for example) tells you to have the watch checked without delay. This can be an indication of additional moisture elsewhere inside the case. It is also the only water-tightness check a consumer can perform.
Of course non-water-resistant watches don't contain the additional seals and gaskets found on water-resistant models. Consequently, moisture-laden air can easily enter the case. Once inside, a pronounced change in temperature may cause condensation to form under the crystal. Very little can be done to prevent this. A high-quality water-resistant watch, however, properly serviced and maintained, will be sealed to prevent internal water damage and will more than outlast an ordinary watch.
To keep the watch properly sealed, replace any defective parts , such as gaskets, crystals, and crowns. Water-resistant watches should be tested for case tightness at least once a year, as well as every time the watch is opened, such as when a battery is replaced.

Aug 26, 2010 | Relic Watches

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