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Pocketwatch quit working

My pocketwatch (Colibri PSW 95941W) had the batteries die and when I replaced it, the second hand wouldn't move. It sort of goes back and forth but doesn't go anywhere. Any ideas/solutions? Thanks for your time.


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Re: pocketwatch quit working

If the battery is good...
then go to a watchmaker/technician and have them put it on a cyclonic for a few moments with a drop of gear oil on the plate to free up the gear train. Sometimes they can get sticky in pocket watches. These are typically watches that arent sealed very well. If running it on a cyclonic doesnt work then you will most likely need to have the watch serviced. I suggest NOT letting them overhaul the watch but instead instructing them to replace the watch movement. The watch movement in Colibri's is usually a Myota and only costs a few bucks wholesale. A reputable repair house will only charge for labor and the new movement rather than tell you the movement needs to be overhauled.
I dont recommend trying this particular repair yourself.

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Re: pocketwatch quit working

Pocket watches are watches the collect dust (from the pockets they sit in) very easily, so you may have an issue here with that being the cause of why your hands are not moving as they once did. Then again, it could be VERY easily that you went to a place to have them replaced and the battery you purchased was "aged" and no longer has power enough to make the watch function properly. I would suggest that if you replaced it yourself in a place where you bought the battery and went home to put it in, go to a place where they put it in for you as they will overturn the stock much quicker. If the clerk is someone of real knowledge they will even be able to tell you "we sell a 20 of that one every week" or something of that nature. As I have suggested to others this is the time of year where quality of service for a small watch battery is much less then it will be when you go in in 5 weeks when the store is happy to see someone.

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