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How to Repair a Seiko Chrono Watch

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Seiko chronograph watches offer "split time" accuracy to time activities in both the stop watch and time mode. Because of the watches' delicate nature, internal repairs must be done by an authorised Seiko service centre. To protect the warranty, regi

How to Repair a Seiko Chrono Watch

Seiko chronograph watches offer "split time" accuracy to time activities in both the stop watch and time mode. Because of the watches' delicate nature, internal repairs must be done by an authorised Seiko service centre. To protect the warranty, register the watch either with the card enclosed in the original packaging or online. Although Seiko watches are very delicate, you can complete some repairs at home.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Spring bar toolNew watch bandSoft clothJeweller's screwdriverTapeNew battery

Instructions

1 Find the watch band brackets on either side of the watch case. Within the bracket, the spring bar holds the watch band in place. The tiny spring-loaded bar presses against two tine lugs on either side of the watch band bracket.

2 Insert the spring bar tool into the side of the watch band bracket. The spring bar tool is a thin metal strip that can often be found in either craft or jewellery supply shops. If you cannot find a spring bar tool, a spatula or a very thin screwdriver will also work.

3 Press the spring bar toward the centre of the watch band bracket. This will depress the spring bar, and the watch band will pop out of the watch band bracket.

4 Slide the spring bar into the slot in the new watch band. Some new watch bands are sold with spring bars already in place.

5 Put one end of the spring bar into the lug on one side of the watch band bracket. Slide the other end of the spring bar behind the second lug. Gently pull the watch band until the spring bar is fully seated in the second lug.

1 Spread a soft cloth on a firm work surface.

2 Look carefully at the back of the watch. If the watch says "waterproof," stop and take the watch to an authorised dealer. Some chronograph watches are closed with screws, while for others the backs snap in place.

3 Remove any screws from the back of the watch. Place the screws on the sticky side of a piece of tape to prevent the tiny pieces from rolling away.

4 Look carefully at the seam between the watch case and back. There will be a notch on one portion of the seam. Insert the spring bar tool into the notch and pry the watch back from the case.

5 Remove the battery. Take the battery to a local jewellery or battery store. Test the battery and purchase a replacement.

6 Place the battery in the appropriate slot in the watch.

7 Place the watch back on the watch case. Place a finger on either side of the watch back. Gently press the watch back until it clicks into place. Replace any screws.

Tips and warnings

Do not use a knife as a spring bar tool. It will slice through the watch band and can cut fingers.

Do not open the watch case of a waterproof or dive watch. These watches have special seals and gaskets that are easily damaged. Opening the back of a dive watch will void the warranty.

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