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  1. rkman11 Aug 16, 2020

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    Hey all,

    So in a cleaning spree my mother-in-law found my wife’s old Swatch from when she was a kid. Sent it to us, of course it wasn’t working so I thought I’d be the hero and order a new battery and strap... well, battery swap didn’t do it and that’s about the extent of my knowledge!

    All moves freely, cleaned the connector and battery compartment - any other thoughts? My wife doesn’t usually get this excited about watches so I was hopeful!

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  2. Canuck Aug 16, 2020

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    Swatch made these so they are virtually not repairable. Some folks report that they have serviced them. Let’s hope one of them reads your message. Expect a repair to be 3 or 4 tomes the cost of the watch when new. Or more.
     
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  3. rkman11 Aug 16, 2020

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    Thanks, yeah that was my thought. Don’t think it’s worth getting serviced, sadly, even for the memories.

    Though if I could use this to get free reign on my own future purchases...!!!
     
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  4. Evitzee Aug 16, 2020

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    They will eventually crap out, they weren't meant to last forever.
     
  5. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Aug 16, 2020

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    The watch collecting gods smiled down from mount internet and spoketh “Go forth and spend freely”. And it was good.
     
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  6. wagudc Aug 16, 2020

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    Search eBay for same watch in better condition, claim you fixed hers and cleaned it up. Everyone will think you are a genius.
     
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  7. rkman11 Aug 17, 2020

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    Oh I like the way you think!
     
  8. Engee Aug 17, 2020

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    Another problem with these is that the case becomes brittle over time. Trying to put a new strap on it may result in you breaking the lug tabs.
     
  9. rkman11 Aug 17, 2020

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    Appreciate all the help! As brilliantly instructed by @wagudc I found one on Ebay for $30 in great shape with the original case! On it's way now (I will likely fess up and not pass it off as my handy work... LIKELY... though will most definitely use it in future negotiations!)
     
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  10. wagudc Aug 17, 2020

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    For sure you have to be honest with your wife, but I would at least give it a few seconds. "I fixed your watched and polished it up with a little polywatch . . . OK, just kidding. I found one on EBay".
     
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