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Hi all,

I've gotten stuck on a Citizen 4-095111 Y. It works, but the digits are too dim to see unless you really look closely. The battery is confirmed good at 1.5v. I removed and cleaned all the battery contact parts with no luck. Normally, I'd disassemble the module, but holly molly, the crown mechanism is complex on this one, and I'm not even sure how to take it out, much less put it back together. I don't think this one has ever been worked on before and there's no corrosion anywhere inside, so I'd bet the circuits are all good. It may be the zebra strips or LCD contacts need cleaning? Usually that's an easy fix, but not on this watch! Could it be a bad component?

Any advice on what to try next? How does the crown come out? Thanks!



 

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I've noticed that dim displays have faded/worn out polarisers. It's the transparent sheet that's pasted on the LCD. Casio G Shock modders replace it all the time, you can even turn it 90 degrees to get an inverted display! I've done it on my childhood Q&Q watch and the numbers came up looking fresh. I have some leftover polariser sheet pieces, send me the dimensions and I'll send you a piece. It is a bit of a labour-intensive job though, you have to isolate the LCD and pry up a corner of the old polariser using a sharp blade tip and peel it off carefully.
 

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Wow. Thanks! I had no idea. I appreciate the offer. I have an additional challenge here which is I have to remove the crown and stem to get the module out, and this one isn't like any analog watch crown I've seen. I don't think these were meant to be taken apart, but I'm going to try

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Wow. Thanks! I had no idea. I appreciate the offer. I have an additional challenge here which is I have to remove the crown and stem to get the module out, and this one isn't like any analog watch crown I've seen. I don't think these were meant to be taken apart, but I'm going to try

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I hope you're able to remove the crown and module. Post your results here! Any literature online about this particular module?
 
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