Founded in 1918, Citizen has grown into the largest watch manufacturer in the world. They offer a wide range of watches that are powered by winding, battery, self-winding and now, solar. On a clear, sunny day, the Citizen Solar Tech fully charges in two hours. But the watch can also receive energy from normal office lighting. The Solar Tech watch is designed to stay fully charged from the ambient light around it. Because of the delicate solar cells, the watch case cannot be opened by anyone but an authorised Citizen service technician. But other repairs can be done at home.
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Things you need
- Spring bar tool
- New watch band
- Jewellers screwdriver
- Soft cloth (optional)
Find the watch band brackets on either side of the watch case. A spring bar holds the watch band in place. This spring-loaded bar presses into lugs on either side of the watch band bracket.
Insert the spring bar tool into the side of the watch band bracket. The spring bar tool is a thin piece of metal and can usually be purchased from a craft or jewellery supply store. If one cannot be found, a spatula or thin screwdriver will also work.
Press the spring bar tool toward the centre of the watch band bracket. This will depress the spring bar, and the watch band will pop out of the watch band bracket.
Place the spring bar into the new watch band. Some watch bands come pre-assembled with the spring bar already inserted.
Place the end of the spring bar into a lug on one side to the watch band bracket. Slide the other end of the spring bar behind the second lug. Carefully pull the watch band forward until the spring bar slips into the lug
Replacing a Leather or Plastic Watch Band
Hold the watch tightly around the wrist and estimate the number of links to be removed.
Find the removable links in the band. These links will look much like the others, but they have tiny screws or pins on the sides. They will be close to the latch.
Unscrew the little screws and place the screws on the sticky side of the tape to prevent the screws from rolling away. If the watch band has pins, look at both sides of the pin. One side will be larger than the other. use the jewellers screw driver to press the pin from the smaller side. Pull the pin completely free with the tweezers.
Remove links on both sides of the watch band to keep the band even.
Attach the watch band latch to the remaining links. Replace the screws that hold the links together. If a pin is used, line up the link and place the pin in the hole starting at the widest side. Press until the pin is flush with the side of the watch band.
Shortening a Metal Band
Tips and warnings
- Use a soft cloth to clean the watch band and watch band bracket while the band is apart.
- Do not open the back of a Citizen watch. This will void the warranty.
- Do not use a knife as a spring bar tool. This will cut the watch band and may cut fingers.
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