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Quartz watch likes to be warm


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I've been playing with an old Citizen with a 6100 movement. It worked well for 48 hours on my wrist, but stops an hour or so after I take it off. On a hunch, I put it on a warm radiator and it started up again. I guess there's some oil in there which is melting when it's warm, then sets again when colder. I've been looking for replacement movements, but haven't found anything. So looking for other ideas. Anyone had any success repairing these or similar movements?

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Well, I left it on the radiator for a few days, until the weather improved - the radiator was cold and the watch was still going. Moved it to the watch box and it's still working several days later, keeping perfect time, so I think it will survive. It's the first quartz I've revived with the help of a "line free" tester.

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Bear in mind that a quartz watch runs off a battery and what goes on in there is a chemical reaction. Chemical reactions happen far more readily when it's warm than when it's cold.

Electric cars are just the same. I've driven nothing but electric since 2014 and you get used to the fact that in cold weather the range drops dramatically.

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Also, if the watch has not been serviced for a while the pivots will be gummed up, heating them will sometimes liquify any oil deposit and allow the watch the run again? Over time it will probably stop again until properly serviced. 

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