Seiko introduced their first watch to the world in 1881. In 1973, Seiko offered the first six-digit LCD watch. LCD, or liquid crystal diode, watches require more energy than their analogue companions. Today, there are very few full LCD watches on the market. But it is a tribute to Seiko quality that many older watches still work. Most homes lack the instruments to work with the tiny computers inside the watch, but there are a couple repairs that can be completed at home.
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Things you need
- Spring bar tool
- New watch band
- Soft cloth
- New battery
Find the watch band bracket on either side of the watch case. the spring bars are tiny, spring-loaded bars that hold the watch band to the bracket. They press into tiny lugs on either side of the watch band bracket.
Slide the spring bar tool into the crevice between the watch band and the side of the watch band bracket. The spring bar tool is a small piece of strong metal and can usually be purchased from craft or jewellery repair shops. If one cannot be found, a small metal spatula or a thin screw driver will also work.
Press the spring bar tool toward the centre of the watch band bracket. This will depress the spring in the spring bar tool and the watch band will pop out of the watch band bracket.
Slide the spring bar into the slot at the end of the new watch band. Some watch bands have spring bars installed by the factory so they will have new spring bars already in place.
Place the 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 lug on the other side of the watch band bracket. Pull the watch band forward until the spring bar slips into the lug.
Replacing the watch band
Spread a soft cloth on a firm work surface. Lay the watch face down on the cloth.
Look carefully at the seam between the back of the watch and the watch case. There is a notch on one portion of the seam.
Insert the spring bar tool into the notch. Carefully pry the back of the watch from the watch case.
Remove the battery. Take the battery to a jewellery or battery store to be tested. Purchase a replacement if necessary.
Install the battery. Place the back of the watch on the watch case. Put a finger on either side of the watch back and press gently until the back pops into place.
Replacing the Battery
Tips and warnings
- Always check the watch battery. If the watch has stopped working, but the battery has a full charge, it indicates a more serious problem with the watch.
- Clean the watch band bracket with a soft cloth while the watch band is out.
- Do not use a knife as a spring bar tool. It will cut the watch band and may cut fingers.
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