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Old 09-21-2011, 03:18 PM
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Digital Watch repair?

Hey guys,

I'm in a bit of a quandary. I have a really rare, limited edition digital watch, that was/is as waterproof as the Titanic. Long story short, I wore it into a sauna, and the display goes berserk. I take it all apart when I get back to my dorm, and let it air dry in front of a fan. Cool beans, all is right in the world.

Months later, it goes berserk on me again. I take it apart, figuring theres something up with the connections, and I accidentally separated a reeeaaaaalllly fine wire from its soldered joint...

I am unable to solder, let alone something this precise, and was wondering if you guys know any places (I'm willing to ship it literally anywhere in the contiguous United States, as long as the repair is less than the watch is worth (~$350).

The watch time case is made by Seiko Instruments, but it's a one off deal, and I can't read the instructions as it's in Japanese kanji...

Any ideas? I looked up watch and circuit repair nearby, but I doubt they have the aptitude to help me out; everyone focuses on TV's...

Pic related, it's the watch I have the misfortune of owning:




Yeah, I know it's gaudy and funky, but my girlfriend had bought it for me after we watched the show through midterms, and she'd be hella pissed if I were to stop wearing it. She's unaware of it's non functioning state


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Old 09-21-2011, 03:34 PM
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Did you Google "EVA W01"? Looks like the mechanics were provided by Seiko. Hit Seiko's website and contact their repair center. I'm guessing that they will probably replace the internal components as one unit - if they have the components.

Plan B is eBay for an entire watch.
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can you get a picture of the guts for me? I may be able to help you depending on the size of the said wire and where it mounts to
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:08 PM
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You could send it to Seiko's COSERV. Not sure how much they would get you for though.
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Did you Google "EVA W01"? Looks like the mechanics were provided by Seiko. Hit Seiko's website and contact their repair center. I'm guessing that they will probably replace the internal components as one unit - if they have the components.

Plan B is eBay for an entire watch.
I contacted their repair center, and they are unable to obtain the parts in North America... Same goes for ebay, they're all in Japan, and for prices in excess of $350 bucks, which I'm not committed to the watch enough to repair at that price...
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:15 PM
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can you get a picture of the guts for me? I may be able to help you depending on the size of the said wire and where it mounts to
I attached pics (unfortunately from my cell phone, I can't get the digital camera to focus on Macro?)

First is of the whole assembly, roughly 1"x 2".

Second is the coiled wire whos wire go from it to the spring that makes contact to the watch back to somehow illuminate the face? I dunno. Theres a sticker the spring touches on the watch back. Not sure if this is disconnected, but I am no fine electronics expert.

Third is the coil I separated from the solder. orientation as show, the bottom coil to the solder point between the coil and the spring.

The wire is SO thin, like, hair thin.


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Old 09-21-2011, 05:58 PM
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this is a paste where soldering isn't possible

Emerson & Cuming ECCOBOND 56C Silver Epoxy Solder


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I would need ot see clearer pictures of the wire and points of solder
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PMWF.com | The trusted and independent Site for inexpensive and legitimate Wristwatches since 2001 :: Announcements

This is a watch maven's forum, if anyone can source the parts they can.

Welcome to Reto's Watch Collection - Copyright www.pmwf.com, all rights reserved!

Here is a link to a guy in SE Asia who is a semi pro horologist and can get parts in Bangcock.

His email is reto@pmwf.com and he is active on the P{MWF forum daily.
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[QUOTE=Stoney;2795261]...Here is a link to a guy in SE Asia who is a semi pro horologist and can get parts in Bangcock.[QUOTE]

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Yeah, I know it's gaudy and funky, but my girlfriend had bought it for me after we watched the show through midterms, and she'd be hella pissed if I were to stop wearing it. She's unaware of it's non functioning state
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:12 AM
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I would need ot see clearer pictures of the wire and points of solder
I'll try and get a camera to focus on it properly; I was surprised that there were exposed wires like that in an assembly meant to be taken apart for battery access. Granted, this is the first digital watch I've had aside from one's I've purchased from Burger King as a kid, so maybe thats the way they are.
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this is a paste where soldering isn't possible

Emerson & Cuming ECCOBOND 56C Silver Epoxy Solder


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Can I use this to connect a broken wire though? I don't know if the wire can be unspooled from the coil or not to reconnect a new section of wire.
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PMWF.com | The trusted and independent Site for inexpensive and legitimate Wristwatches since 2001 :: Announcements

This is a watch maven's forum, if anyone can source the parts they can.

Welcome to Reto's Watch Collection - Copyright www.pmwf.com, all rights reserved!

Here is a link to a guy in SE Asia who is a semi pro horologist and can get parts in Bangcock.

His email is reto@pmwf.com and he is active on the P{MWF forum daily.
I'll shoot him an email now; I can't figure out where I should post my questions on the site, and I hate posting where I shouldn't...
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:57 AM
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Plan C - get a new girlfriend!
While that in itself isn't a difficult task, she calls herself my 'future wife' when meeting people who know me, making meeting girls even as friends veeery difficult. But if I can't fix the watch... it's always an option

Never thought a relationship would hinge on a watch before this.

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