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Old 04-19-2019, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I put a new battery in a 70's era Seiko quartz today and initially the watch did not fire up. I removed the battery door again, looked to see if it need to be initialized in some way, and saw nothing. I sealed it back up, saw it still wasn't working, but about 5-10 seconds later, the second hand started moving about 1/3 a second, then dropping back. It did this for 5-10 seconds, then jumped a full second, then gathered strength, then moved a couple seconds, and eventually started ticking away like any other quartz.

This seemed very unusual compared to all the other quartz watches I've replace batteries in. Has anyone else seen/heard of this, and what it means (if anything)?
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Could it be needing service/cleaning so a little gummed up?
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I put a new battery in a 70's era Seiko quartz today and initially the watch did not fire up. I removed the battery door again, looked to see if it need to be initialized in some way, and saw nothing. I sealed it back up, saw it still wasn't working, but about 5-10 seconds later, the second hand started moving about 1/3 a second, then dropping back. It did this for 5-10 seconds, then jumped a full second, then gathered strength, then moved a couple seconds, and eventually started ticking away like any other quartz.

This seemed very unusual compared to all the other quartz watches I've replace batteries in. Has anyone else seen/heard of this, and what it means (if anything)?

Old oils tend to thicken up. Warming the watch will often get it going again and the continued use seems to redistribute the oils.
Ultimately it will need a service though.
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Yeah, I guess that makes sense. I have no idea how long the dead battery had been in there.
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My electronic knowledge is still on Chapter 2, but it's possible that other capacitors in the circuit needed to charge up fully in order to start functioning properly. That, and the gummy lube thing. My 2-cents is generally only worth 2 cents...
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My electronic knowledge is still on Chapter 2, but it's possible that other capacitors in the circuit needed to charge up fully in order to start functioning properly. That, and the gummy lube thing. My 2-cents is generally only worth 2 cents...
Funny you mention that, because my initial thought was that it was a circuitry power-up thing, but both seem like they could be it. Or both (as you observe).
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What movement is in the watch ? TIA
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Most likely it's just the lubrication.
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What movement is in the watch ? TIA
It is a Grand Quartz, 9940-8000, which amazingly enough arrived on it's original strap, with 'GQ' buckle. The buckle got the sale, the watch was an add on!



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I get the hopeful warm up thought, IMHO the movement needs a disassemble and cleaning. Nice example Love the Buckle
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I’ve had this a few times with watches, even on a 7548 that would pause for a good while then fire up. The only thing that sorted the 7548 was a new circuit (had been serviced) and after the circuit removed and replacement fitted it fired up instantly every time.

I also have the same thing on a 4004. Movement has been serviced yet still has a delay when the crown goes back in after time setting. these were both electronic issues (and the 7548 proved that)
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