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  1. ...and finally I did not want to bother with a fresh CR1616 battery because I never use said watch in the dark. However, you must have one to sit firmly on the timekeeping battery beneath it otherwise the time keeping battery is not secure enough I discovered. Mrs (font of all knowledge) says "Why don't you find a washer which is similar size in all those tins of stuff you keep in the garage?" Well folks, I did and put the battery clamp over it like it was a battery. This watch now approaching 30 years of age is going merrily along just like new! A demonstration of what persistence will achieve and Casio's robustness.
  2. Thanks for that Juan. Yes the strap gave up due to poor design but I found a fresh one on ebay with far better design and only £6. Yes it will get scratched because it's not mineral glass but with the right materials it can be quite well restored. I use 1500 grit waterproof paper to start with and finish of with the rubbing compound used to restore car paint work. Finally after further research I have found that it needs two batteries and the white plastic disc is above the smaller battery which operates the timing mechanism to separate it electrically from the larger CR1616 lighting battery which sits on top of it. The clamp goes on last but is a bit fiddly and one has to persist but I expect some of you guys know that and yes Roger, ithas some similarities to to your old illuminator.
  3. Above is my attempt at creating a picture of my watch from elsewhere. Hopefully if you click on it you will see a pic of my watch. (not the same as yours Roger and only one battery in mine. Ah that's better
  4. Thanks for reply yes I did the shorting bit to kick it into llife and it worked, it's sitting in front of me now with the seconds ticking away in the window. The instruction label you mention is in fact on the inside of the back next to the alarm piezo but what I am talking about is definitely on top of the battery and has what looks like a small rectangle of graphite attached to it where the said holes are. I did ask Casio for some information but as usual they just tell me to send it in and they will service it for a fat fee if they can. Why on earth they are not prepared to give information on a watch which was made over twenty years ago is a very poor attitude in my view.
  5. Discovered this watch in the back of a drawer - guess it's from the 90's. Anyway, got the back off and fitted a new battery. Sometimes it runs and sometimes it stops and I need to know about the white plastic disc wth holes in which sits on top of the battery because someone told me it has to be in the right place. Does anyone out there know what function it has and should it go above or below the battery clamp?
  6. I guess not many know how to do this as have no answers but finally I discovered how to do it: One end of the clamp is apparently fixed to a piece of white plastic. Quite simply you just need to take hold of that end with a pair of tweezers and lever it clear from said plastic where apon it will ping open and the old battery can be removed. Then insert the new battery and push the already mention end of the clamp down until it clicks into place. BTW you may find it easier to use a magnifying glass of some sort and lift the black plastic ring out which holds the whole mechanism in place before starting.
  7. Well gents my 17byr old Lorus needs a new battery and I have bought one (a renata 399) but local jewellers/watchmakers are all shutdown. Can someone please tell me what to do to remove the old battery from the clamp which is holding it? I have managed to unscrew the back and understand about shorting it with the AC terminal. I have fitted batteries in the past to my mrs' watches but they were fairly simple.
  8. Just had a new gas combi fitted and what a difference - the old one was not a condenser so the new one gave an instant saving of about 30%. Actually it's more than that becuase the new one is "intelligent" - it starts to turn the gas down as the actual room temperature gets near to the setting you have put on the thermostat so the rads are then warm rather than hot. Also, my gas man says don't change the rads I will do a power flush + fresh chemicals and you will be OK - he was right. I agree with Darren, stay well away from British Gas (rip offs) and find a reliable local man.
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