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Condensation/water in watch?

A watch with condensation under the glass needs to go to a watchmaker without delay, even if the condensation disappears again after a short time. This is one of the worst things that can happen to a watch. It means that minute quantities of water have penetrated the case but the seals are still tight enough to prevent it from evaporating. What you have on your wrist is in effect a miniature hothouse, where the water condenses at the coolest point. The constant damp atmosphere inside the case is very corrosive and, at worst, can destroy the movement. Without watchmakers knowledge there is no way anyone can dry the watch out and not to damage it, so, rush to your nearest watch repair shop as quick as possible.

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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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The second hand stops after a short time


You have a mechanical problem with the chronograph wheel. It can be dirty, bent, damaged teeth, out of balance, e.t.c. (too many to name). As you do not have any watchmaking experiance, the best way is to visit your nearest watch repair shop and ask for problem to be fixed. Do not ask jeweller - ask watchmaker. They do sit under one roof, but the trades differ as would shoemaker and dentist.
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Sep 02, 2009 | Timex Chronograph #T22202 Watch for Men

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back panel came off and wont go back on


Align the caseback exactly as it was before you opened it. Make sure thet the groove for stem is in correct position. Lay the napkin on the flat table surface, put the watch on it (dial down) and using both hands and your body weight push the caseback down back in place. Remember: the side of the caseback wich first came out must be last pushed in.
Do not use very soft napkin (towel) as this can brake the glass under the pressure.
If all above described DO NOT work, then there is not enough power in your hands or not enough weight in your body and you will need watchmakers help (he/she will be using special watch press to close the watch).
P.S. Do not get upset if you can not close it; I'm very expierenced watchmaker and very often came across the watches wich I was not able to close without the watch press (even my arms are quite strong and the weight is 95kg).

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Aug 13, 2009 | Nixon Chalet Bracelet Watch

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watch face is foggy


Go and see watchmaker as soon as possible or you will have to bin your watch very soon. That foggyness (condensate) in watch will soon disappear, but the movement of the watch is affected anyway and the rust works amazingly quick.
Rush in to your nearest watch repair shop and ask to dry out your watch. Unfortunately you can't do it yourself as the specific skills are needed.

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Mar 14, 2009 | Citizen Watches

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timex watch cover replacment


Align the caseback exactly as it was before you opened it. Make sure thet the groove for stem is in correct position. Lay the napkin on the flat table surface, put the watch on it (dial down) and using both hands and your body weight push the caseback down back in place. Remember: the side of the caseback wich first came out must be last pushed in.
Do not use very soft napkin (towel) as this can brake the glass under the pressure.
If all above described DO NOT work, then there is not enough power in your hands or not enough weight in your body and you will need watchmakers help (he/she will be using special watch press to close the watch).
P.S. Do not get upset if you can not close it; I'm very expierenced watchmaker and very often came across the watches wich I was not able to close without the watch press (even my arms are quite strong and the weight is 95kg).

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Mar 07, 2009 | Timex 40131 Wristwatch

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