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  1. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 30, 2020

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    One watch I wasn't intending to change the battery myself is the Microtimer, not least because the back is held on by tiny screws.... and now of course the battery indicator has come on - with the TAG service centre and anyone else who I might trust to do it. So I guess I just have to hope the battery saver keeps it going long enough, or failing that if it goes completely I'll have to take my screwdriver in hand and have a go...
     
  2. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 30, 2020

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    Sounds like the perfect excuse to buy yourself a nice set of Bergeon screwdrivers....

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  3. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Mar 30, 2020

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    The man works in Formula 1, he has all the tools a man could possibly ever need :cool:
     
  4. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Mar 30, 2020

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    Is it only the screws keeping you from changing this one yourself or any other concern around it?
     
  5. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 30, 2020

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    Maybe, maybe not. Watch screwdrivers are much smaller than you might think.
     
  6. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Mar 30, 2020

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    I reckon the gasket is the only tricky part- but I look forward to the photos. My guess: it's either perfectly straight forward or mind-numbingly complicated ;)
     
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  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 31, 2020

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    The screws are definitely a concern.... I'm more worried I will lose them in the process, assuming my smallest screwdrivers will be small enough?
     
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  8. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 31, 2020

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    It's probably not that bad, I'm just a bit hesitant... but I will keep it in battery saver mode (display off) and hope it lasts until the service centre is open again.
     
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  9. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 31, 2020

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    refer to post #2 :)
     
  10. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Mar 31, 2020

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    It may yet come to that!
     
  11. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 27, 2020

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    Well, the warning indicator seems to have gone off for now... maybe it's because the weather has turned warmer?

    My Link Searacer (which has no second hand) needed a new battery the other day, fortunately I had one spare and so I set about changing it. During the procedure, which was quite fiddly, the battery shot out and ended up sitting on the desk next to the one I had just taken out...

    I completed the procedure (seal looks excellent) and tested the Regatta function - all good.

    Well, I thought I knew which battery was which, but now I'm convinced I've put the old one back in by accident. Annoyingly the watch was working in the day, but stopped overnight when the temperature fell and as yet it hasn't stopped working again... but I'm 95% sure the battery in the watch is the old one. :oops:
     
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  12. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 27, 2020

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    Maybe there is not enough power left to power the warning indicator :p
     
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  13. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 27, 2020

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    This gave me a good laugh, sorry! At least you get to practice battery replacements :D
     
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  14. RockBurner

    RockBurner Apr 27, 2020

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    Always like to see people doing their own work!

    One thing I've never confirmed to myself... how many times can you take the back off a watch without changing the rubber gasket/seal and still maintain the waterproofing? IE how long do the seals last?

    I assume it's more than once or twice, because I often see watches for sale with photos of the back off, and I'm assuming that the seller hasn't replaced the seal (unless it's specifically mentioned in the spiel that the watch was serviced).
     
  15. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 27, 2020

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    No idea to be honest, it's not something that doesn't concern me overly as I don't get my watches wet. I think you could take it off as many times as you like, I think it's more likely that the rubber will perish naturally - and it will probably perish faster if it's exposed to heat and humidity. So ironically if you don't get it wet it will probably last a long time.

    Similar thing with the pushers on my Aquagraph, they are rubber and presumably eventually they will need replacing - it's a concern because at the moment they are A1, but when they do perish will TAG have any spares?
     
  16. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Apr 27, 2020

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    Ask for the price and order spares now? Put them in vacuum packaging placed in darkness and suitable temperature to keep them mega fresh

    Edit: while you are at it, order crown for your H01 as well, it has rubber also right?
     
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  17. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 27, 2020

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    Yeah, good point! Aaaaaaaaargh.
     
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  18. imagwai

    imagwai Apr 27, 2020

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    The rubber seals will degrade over time. As soon as they start to show signs of perishing, e.g. cracks, or loss of "springiness", then they should be replaced. I'm sure one in good condition can be re-used, but I'm equally sure there are some people who would recommend replacing them every time the watch is opened as a matter of course.
     
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  19. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Apr 27, 2020

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    Yeah, I'm sure you're right... are seals readily available?
     
  20. imagwai

    imagwai Apr 27, 2020

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    Possibly try https://www.cousinsuk.com/
    Other than that, not sure where you'd get them.