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I have just purchased a new and unused Citizen Eco Drive watch, model BW0142-03P and it has been sitting on a window sill for the past 4 or 5 days to charge the battery but won't run. I don't have an instruction manual for it. Can you help?

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Should run by now, I suggest taking it back to the store, nothing else you can do, has a 5 year warranty also

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