Random display resets of TIMEX Ironman Triathalon(100 lap memory)
Problem started about 4 months after first battery replacement...done by a jeweler. Called TIMEX repair customer service today 1-800-448-4639. They indicated the watch behavior of random display resets, followed by displaying the error code "814017" at the bottom of the display, is due to a circuit board problem which would cost approx. $30 to repair (due to out-of-warranty). The no. "814" is engraved on the back of my watch case. Makes me wonder if that watch series has some glitch or design anomaly. First I'll try Solution #2, and if that doesn't work, I'll buy a non-TIMEX watch.
Re: Random display resets of TIMEX Ironman Triathalon(100...
Hello RLOWE803, While I was looking for pictures specific to resetting this watch, I came across your post and thought to reply. I recently replaced the batteries on my watch, which I have owned for nearly 7 years. It is an Ironman Triathlon 100 Lap watch. When I replaced the batteries this time, I forgot to reset, in essence reboot the system, by using a metal needle point tweezers to briefly connect the positive side of the battery to the "AC" pad on the small circuit board for at least 2 seconds. I remembered to do this with at all the other times I had replaced the battery and did not have any troubles after it. This time I forgot and now have the same issue you described. I am not sure where the "AC" pad is on the back of the module. But, it should be apparent if I did it correctly in the past. Give that a try before sending it off to be repair and wasting time, money and trouble. Good luck, CAZ
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Re: Random display resets of TIMEX Ironman Triathalon(100...
Timex brand is very average, so, you can't expect it to work as, let's say any genuine Swiss watch. At the same time even the most expensive watches in the world has faults quite offten. For the cheap labour Timex have moved all the equipment to the Malaisia and now 99% of Timex watches are manufactured there. That doesn't mean they are lower quality if they would be manufactured in Europe or USA. You've just have been unlucky to have the one with faulty circuitboard and there isn't much you can do about it. Circuitboards CAN NOT be repaired - only replaced. If 30$ sounds to you a lot (that includes: ordering the part, shipping costs, labour of watchmaker, testing when fitted + the part itself), then the best advise for you will be to buy a new watch. There are plenty to choose from and novadays you can get the decent watch (exept mechanical) without braking your bank account.
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It is possible for jewelers to order exact fit replacement crystals for many watches. However, generic replacements are not made for all watches. If your jeweler cannot perform this service (which may cost as little as $10 for common crystals), ask if the jeweler knows of a jeweler's specialty business that can custom-fit crystals. These small shops custom-grind crystals from blank stock and hand-fit them to your watch. Such companies used to be relatively common; today, most conduct operations via mail-order or exist in large cities like New York where there is enough local wholesale and walk-in business.
Department stores and chain jewelry stores rarely have the on-sight resources to service a broad selection of watch crystals. Seek out an independent jeweler or one that has a "we repair watches" sign displayed.
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I dont know what type of TImex it is, nor how long you have had it. CR1216 is a battery.
I would send to Timex for repair or a local jeweler. I would recommend the Timex repair, You can go here for info:
TIMEX REPAIR: http://www.timex.com/info/Online_Repair_Guide Best regards. Jewel
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DId you do the battery replacement yourself or have a store do it for you?
Unless it is done by Timex, or a qualified Timex retailer, it will NOT be waterproof anymore as the seal has been destroyed.
You can try to see if Timex can still repair by going to this link http://www.timex.com/info/Warranty
Depending on when you bought your Timex, you shouldn"t need a battery just yet, your Timex came with a good battery. Look under the stem (winder) for a small piece of plastic that is not allowing the stem to go all the way down, remove that piece of plastic and push the stem down and your Timex will start. Or if your Timex has buttons, look for a tab of plastic on the back cover, this tab of plastic is keeping the battery from (ground) a complete circuit remove this tab of plastic to start your Timex. Changeing the battery while fairly easy, you"d need jewelers screwdrivers and of course the new battery, Best Bet, look for a small watch repair shop in your area for the battery change.
No I believe there is no way to resurrect your watch from the dead, however if you LOVE your watch you can send it back to Timex and they will replace the movement. Ive given away a few hundred of their paid postage boxes to customers. They charge fair prices and have a decent turn around time! If you do send it to Timex be sure to remove your band if its not the original!
Ive never had 1 unhappy Timex customer who sent their watch in for repair! :-)
Service of Your Watch: If your TIMEX watch should ever need servicing, either send it to Timex addressed as follows: TG Service Center P.O. Box 2740 Little Rock, AR 72203
Foryour convenience in obtaining factory service, participating Timexretailers will be pleased to provide you with a postage-paid,pre-addressed Watch Repair Mailer.