My dad received this model as a gift 3 years ago. He doesn't wear watches so he kept it on his desk in the case (not exposed to light). He recently gave it to me and it wasn't working because the battery needed to be charged, however it has been under the lights and near the window attempting to charge the battery for 4 days and still doesn't work. Does a battery need to be replaced or does this watch need to be serviced?
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Re: Unable to charge battery
This sounds like the battery bneeds replacing. Without a certain amount of charge to maintain the internal chemistry, batteries of this type can fail relatively quickly.
Any good jeweller should be able to get you a new battery, if not please post again and we will try to find one for you.
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I see your watch has a Seiko VD53 Quartz Chronograph Movement. Several possibilities come to mind - the watch may have a small plastic spacer under the crown which is there to stop the battery running flat before the watch is sold. If that's the case then simply remove the spacer and press the crown in. Possibly, the battery is flat and will need replacing, or you've received a faulty watch - either way (and I interpret your using the word 'received' as meaning that it was a gift to you) you should tactfully point this out to the giver. They wouldn't want to have wasted their money, and hopefully they've kept the receipt.
Some of these eco-drive watches use a swinging weight self winding mechanism (albeit through a generator) or a solar cell under the dial, some use both. Either way the capacitor is the thing that holds the charge and once that fails it will need replacing. Sometimes not as straight forward as replacing a battery as you nay have to remove the auto weight and sometimes usually on the solar ones its just a case of popping it out and a new one in. They are quite difficult to identify and get hold of but they do differ from normal batteries as they come with 1 of the contacts attached to them to prevent fitting an ordinary battery by mistake
An Eco drive citizen is powered by the sun. You should take the watch out in the sunlight or put under a lamp to charge it for at least 12 hours. Once it is running you need to wear it to keep it running, you should be able to take it off at night and it will continue to run once it is fully charged. if it does not hold a charge over night after being fully exposed to light for 24-48 hours you may need to send it to Citizen for service on the capacitor. thank you!
Dear cathy webb,
There could be many reasons for this. Maybe the battery is damaged/old, maybe it has another type of technical problem. Thats why i would suggest to you the same thing that i would do; send it to a repair shop. It usually costs between 7-15 US dollars to get it fixed, and it can usually be done for a couple of hours.
As i see you have received this watch as a gift. Have you received the whole box including warranty card and the purchase receipt? In case you have received those, you could try and retrieve the watch to an official CK dealer, and maybe they will give you a new one or repair it for free. CK watch warranties are for one year and your watch is still covered by it (assuming it was purchased less than 1 year ago).
I am not aware from what country you are, but some of the official CK Watch stores can be contacted here:
Hope i could help,
There are three solutions for this problem, contingent upon the model:
With both instances, this is a power saving / low charge / low battery feature of the timepiece.
1) Is your Seiko watch a Kinetic / Solar model? If so, your watch contains a capacitor. The capacitor may be bad, OR if you have not been wearing it on as regular a basis, wind the watch (Kinetic) vigorously for 5 minutes, and if the second hand returns to normal function, the capacitor is most likely fine. If is is a Solar model, expose it to sunlight for 4-6 hours or incandescent light for 24 hours and see if this resolves the problem.
2) Else: if this is a standard battery operated watch, take your watch to an authorized Seiko repair center, or Certified Master Horologist. Make sure that the Seiko Repair Center is using Seiko batteries, else make sure they are installing Energizer only - these two batteries will not leak in your movement. Avoid other batteries at all cost, many of them will leak and ruin your movement.
3). If these solutions do not work, and you have not had your watch serviced in the last 3 to 5 years, you need to service the movement. See the aforementioned parties to begin the process.
4) If your watch is water resistant, and/or you plan on wearing it in the water, make sure to have your watch water tested by the appropriate aforementioned professional to ensure it will withstand proper dynamic and static pressure at the appropriate depths.
The ECO series of Citizen's do not require battery replacement, as they are solar powered. If the watch stops due to a long period of non-use, there is a procedure in the manual as well as the Citizen website on how to get it running again. You will have to expose it to light for several hours (but not with lots of heat such as a car dash) to get it running. If you continue to have trouble, you may have a problem with the watch. I bought my wife a ladies ECO drive about 8 years ago and bought one for myself about 2 years ago and have not had a bit of problems with either. They are extremely good watches and it is nice not to have to worry about "when will the battery die?"