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After much time surveying, Renata batteries all seem to have leaking issues, Maxell seem to have better sealing properties....

Another AquaLand bites the dust.....

 

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Bummer! Can the Aqualand be saved?

Did you make note of which location the bad battery came from - digital, analog or sensor?
 

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Sensor....Working on saving it, the analog seems to be stuck....
They all had some leakage, some got removed from all in the battery swap....
 

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wow...so sorry..there is nothing worse than bad batteries
 

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Battery Leakage

NOT REALLY, .......... Read below carefully.


Strip the watch totally.
Be =======(careful of those little pegs ) =======on the movement body they break easy.
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Remove the COIL, and do not damage it, those fine wires break easy. ------ " Don not touch it also ".
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The coil Screw is a little longer then the rest, only one is like that.
( 2 3/4 Threads )... Two and Three Quarter longer. )
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Remove the circuit board, place it into a small container of ...
( Isophyl Alcohol for a little while, maybe (1 -2 minute or so ), you can shake it a little to get the acid off the components,
but use a Tweezer to hold the board and shake it in the Alcohol. (Do not bump it around.)
Use a little artist brush on it.
==========( Careful Of Those Little Pegs ) ====================
Do you see the bent one there that's it. )
Wash the board, and brush it a little lightly action.
After a little while run hot water over it to get it clean.
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Place the board between couple layers of tissue paper ( Kleenex-Toilet Tissue ).

Do not press down hard on it .
Now take a couple of ( Q-Tips ) and lightly clean the board of an dust or residue till it shines.
Lightly clean the ...( 3) Three contacts on the sides of the board for the pushers.
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The rest is easy: Assemble to put it together again.
========== ( Watch Those Pegs ) ====================
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You can if you do not know how to dis-assemble the movement.
Place the stem into the movement , hold that plastic down while doing that also, see it next to the movement.
I usually use the ...." Contractor Blue Tape ", for holding it on till I am finish servicing.
Now you can service the movement with out dis-assembling it , just turn the Crown and service the gearing.

Assemble the board and continue the rest, it is very easy ....... ,
============= But caution always is on ........( Those Pegs ). =========
Continue the assembly to finish every things else. Now you can put the movement into the case.
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do not loos that Alarm Spring on the left side too. ( Make sure it is in before closing, also those Sensor (4) springs.
You can place them after assembly of the cover for the board, just spin them in to the $ holes one by one.
I use a sewing pin slipped into the spring then place them in, as to not let them .... ( FLY and get lost ). Just
slip them little over the pin tip, then hold them with a Tweezer, but do not ..... ( Plunge it deep into the sensor. )
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Then the Three batteries in and try to get it going by resetting it.
NOW:
Pull the Stem all the way out, hold all three buttons, and press simultaneously a few times.
Now close the Crown and screw it so it is at its position.
It should work if nothing is damaged.
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But if it does not work, then maybe the Board is damage. Some times the Gearing is broken too.
Most of the time the Analog will work. Its that board that is always the problem with its circuitry.
Once you have done it a few times ( with patience ) it will be easy again.
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Do you see those little pegs on the board, be careful not to touch or break them.:57::72:
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NOTE:
( Find a old one and strip it a few times to get use too it. )
If you need help let me know and P/M me I will help you where I can ,
............ No Problem..........

I use Energizer ( 371 ) Batteries now for a while , seems good too.
Aloha LongBike
 

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Long Bike you are so knowledgeable....thank you for always being so giving and helpful...great to say you are my friend...
 

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Stopped using Renata years ago for that very reason. Am changing 60 ish batteries per year and definitely saw far too many Renata batteries leaking.

Switched over to Maxell and have recently started using those Seizaiken ones (made by Seiko)
 

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well i am so glad i found out....will never buy that brand
 

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Had to clean the gear train, and train plate. Clean and reassembled...not much fun with the digital parts still attached, but voila and we are working...yipeeeee

Thanks for the info, will add it to the Citizen kb.
 

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I use Maxell,Energizer or Seizaken but to be honest i never had a bad issue with Renata so far(my watchmaker carries them so i used them in the past).
 

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I have had really good luck with Energizer batteries. They also seem to be in good supply in these parts as well as priced very inexpensive. I can usually pick up a 10 pack of the more common sized like the 370/371 of Amazon for about 8 bucks and the shipping is free. I also have noticed that a lot of quartz watches that I purchase of eBay that have dead batteries in them are Renata batteries. I rarely see them offered at to many places around here. It's all Duracell and Energizer on the store shelves.

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Had to clean the gear train, and train plate. Clean and reassembled...not much fun with the digital parts still attached, but voila and we are working...yipeeeee

Thanks for the info, will add it to the Citizen kb.
Aloha .......... ,
Just a little point Sir,
After a week or so use of the watch, you might want to re-open the case back and check for any residue that left in yet .
Sometimes it shows up after cleaning a week or two later.
( I always re-check the bad ones again to make sure. ):93:

Note Of Precaution :
( There is some residue left, check again, you can count on it too. ):93:
Better to check than loose a good watch later on.:72:
Aloha
 

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Pull the Crown out till it clicks.
( The place it changes the hands to set them... 1 click. ) Protect the Crystal by placing it on a soft cloth.
Just remove the screws carefully and lift the case back slowly. No need to remove Crown/Stem at all.
Then check them out real good looking at them. Be careful with the components inside. Don't touch them
with your bare fingers if possible.
( Human hands have Salt in perspiration also . )
( Note: Use .... ( Plastic Tipped Tweezers )

If they are good gently replace the Sealant, if none put some lightly on it. ( Silicone the Oval Gasket. )
( Be sure it does not get into the case also. )

Note of Precaution to watch for:
When you use gasket Silicon, let it dry good till it forms a solid film on the case, of Crystal area.
If you close the case up right away, the ..... " RESIN FUME'S " from the Silicon will eventually effect the Movement inside.
Make sure the pusher's are not hung up when the movement is placed into the case.
Now " DO NOT " tighten only one side, .... ...... ( tighten in sequences of Criss - Cross ... X - action.
Tighten the Two from the Sensor a little, go to the left side do those two there, then the top lightly , then
the bottom. Continue this process till all are tight the secure all of them and eventually it will sit good.
Before total tightness always check the gasket for its sitting in the groove then continue till tight.
Don't crank it too tight, but enough to stay tight. If it is ok then you are set to use.

To re-set I pull Crown all the way out , simultaneously press .... ( All 3 Buttons several times ) then
push Crown back in and screw tightly, not to over-tight also.
If needed for diving .... I would suggest changing the Crown, Case Back Seals , then pressure testing.
The Crystal has no gasket but the use of only a factory (Nylon L-Shape Seal), that need not to be changed unless it is damaged.
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( No need to remove the Crystal seal when rebuilding the watch unless it is damaged. )
( Very hard to find them.) ........... (( For me I make them myself if needed. ))....
Hope this helps a little , if need ...P/M me I will help you with what I know.
Aloha LongBike
 

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typical, I never had any problem with Renata batteries. Usually I only put silver oxide batteries in watches. Alkaline batteries I have "laying around" sometimes already leak when they are still in the packaging.
 

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I wonder would it do any harm to run with only two batteries - one for digital and one for analog...leave the sensor battery out?

Easy to tell when analog or digital battery is dead, but if you don't dive, you'd never know the sensor battery is dead.
 

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I wonder would it do any harm to run with only two batteries - one for digital and one for analog...leave the sensor battery out?

Easy to tell when analog or digital battery is dead, but if you don't dive, you'd never know the sensor battery is dead.
The watch is programed to work with all three so might as
well use ........ Three. JMO.
 
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