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broadwayguy99
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Posts: 451
Registered: ‎02-17-2009

Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

I have a swatch watch that has been in my collection since the early 1990's (brand new). I just inserted a new battery and noticed that the stop watch second hand (the large hand) stops after a bit... I read the directions in the cover of casing and it showed me how to reset the swatch watch dials (3 of them) which I successful did.. The watch looks like its about to work then after a few revolutions the hand stops moving. Keep in mind the watch keeps the time. I don't know what the problem is or if I should take it to a watch store... May not be worth it? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

in reply to broadwayguy99
Some chrono's only the sec. sub. dial run's continusely and the large or normal sec. hand moves when the timer funtion in actavated by pushing the top left button. Hope this helps.
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

in reply to broadwayguy99
You may be looking at normal operation there, if you're referring to stopwatch mode, and if the watch is not quitting altogether. See if the hand that "stops after a bit" is in fact stopping at the same time (or place on the dial) every time you test it.

Stopwatch mode may use multiple hands for short-term, high-precision timing (e.g. a minute or two from startup), after which it goes into long-term timing mode, in which only whole seconds will be ticked off using the hands.

My own Casio Wave Ceptor works this way, with the first 60 seconds of timing measured not only with the sweep but also with the upper subdial counting tenths of a second. However, after the first 60 seconds, the subdial stops, and timing continues only with the sweep and with the inset LCD digital window (which is timing to 100ths of a second).

Before going to the trouble of having it serviced, I would suggest downloading the original operating instructions from the Swatch website, and comparing the description of operation there to what you are seeing on your watch.
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broadwayguy99
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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I still have the original warranty information and instructions. I totally understand how each hand works and the function of each... It could be a little confusing since most people would expect the larger second hand to be just that and not the stopwatch's second hand.. Also, it can only be activated when stopwatch function is pressed. I spoke to someone else on a different site and they told me that sometimes dirt or small debris can get caught in the gear or something... He told me that sometimes it helps to tap the back of the watch to dislodge the dirt... I did it a few times and the large second hand began moving slightly and then went around a full revolution...THEN STOPPED... This watch is brand new and sat in a safe place since the early 90's... Never even taken out of the case... It's hard to believe that the stopwatch feature is faulty... Anymore suggestions guys? thanks.
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afantiques
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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It's not been used for 20 years?

Gummed up with dried out oil. There is a minute amount on each pivot but after 20 years it is like treacle, and it is the lowest powered arbors that are the most susceptible to this.

Despite being a quartz watch it still has analogue parts that suffer friction.


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broadwayguy99
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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It still had the original battery in it... I used to be a collector back when these were the hot items in the watch industry. They haven't been handled or even looked at in about 20 years. All brand new in the containers. As I sell, I replace the batteries and this watch has been the only one that has given me a problem... I have or had over 200 pieces. Is this worth taking into shop for fixing? If so, what's the price of such a fix? Is it worth trying to sell the watch here on ebay, and make sure I include in description that stopwatch feature doesn't work? Any ideas? Thanks for the help. Thanks.
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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Is it worth trying to sell the watch here on ebay, and make sure I include in description that stopwatch feature doesn't work? Any ideas? Thanks for the help. Thanks.


I wouldn't risk it, to be honest, unless it was a super-rare specimen that a buyer would be willing to undertake for repairs after he got it. I'm not familiar with your specific item, but if you yourself had 200 of them stockpiled, I would tend to think that there may be more out there already. You would know better than I, though.

Getting out of Pessimist Mode at last here ;-), why don't you try either wearing the thing or at least carrying it around in your pocket for a week or so, to see if body heat and motion might be enough to get it going and get its lubricant circulating? Perhaps if it gets up and running, it'll stay that way. If things are improved after a week, then you might try listing it.
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kenknox
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

in reply to broadwayguy99
My Tag Heuer chrono started acting up like yours a few days after I had the watch tec person change the battery at the Tag Heuer dealership . I removed the battery and cleaned the contacts and it hasnt messed up since.

Ken
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broadwayguy99
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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I just tried cleaning the back of the watch where the battery prongs connect. No luck. I guess I will put aside and consider this a cost of doing business. Thanks for all the help. I will be back if any other issues arise. Thanks!
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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Well, if we're into battery talk now, I should note that when I was at Wal-Mart recently with a couple of watches needing batteries, I (and the girl behind the counter) came to the realization that several of the replacement batteries, still sealed in their packages until we opened them for use, were already half-dead from old age. She had a load tester for watch batteries, and after we systematically tested over a half-dozen supposedly new batteries, at least half of them were partially depleted.

You might want to make sure that the battery you're testing with is genuinely fresh, and like I said, if the watch does at least run for basic timekeeping purposes, try using it for a week and see if the rest of it will wake up as well. It doesn't sound like you'd have anything to lose by trying that. Good luck.
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broadwayguy99
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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The watch does keep basic time. I have let it sit for a few weeks with no luck. I have tried to start/stop stopwatch with no luck. The problem is if I wear the watch, I won't be able to sell it as a new one. All mine are brand new and still in original container with directions. Thanks for advice.
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afantiques
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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If it's not working you won't be able to sell it anyway. Mint used and working would be better than 'kicked into the bank of a cupboard'

The old 'body heat and movement' thing is an old hedge repairer's trick with mechanical watches that have not been used for ages, and may be worth trying.


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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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The problem is if I wear the watch, I won't be able to sell it as a new one. All mine are brand new and still in original container with directions.


Understood, but (1) letting it sit is what got it into this mess ;-), and (2) that's definitely not the same as keeping it in constant motion and at body temperature.

I know you can't wear it for any length of time before it shows obvious wear (and the leather band, if present, would take on a wear shape as well), but I'm sure you could close it up in a small ZipLok bag (the half-depth "snack size" is perfect for such things) and carry it around flat in your pocket. That way it won't pick up any wear, if you're successful you can still sell it as New, and we won't tell anyone. ;-)
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broadwayguy99
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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THANKS GUYS FOR THE GREAT IDEAS... I WILL BEGIN TO CARRY MY NEW FRIEND AROUND WITH ME STARTING TOMORROW.. I'LL LET YOU KNOW IF IT WORKS OR NOT. THANKS AGAIN!
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Re: Swatch Watch SCL100 Chronograph

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At the risk of discussing this point to death... ;-) put it in your front right or left pants pocket, whichever one doesn't have your keys in it, but not your shirt pocket. It'll get a lot more body heat and movement there, plus it won't fall out suddenly if you bend over. (Ah, been there, done that...)
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