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    Quartz advice needed

    I am an enthusiast as opposed to an expert. I have picked up many useful snippets of knowledge from my time on here, but here's one that has so far evaded me.
    One of my dailys is a Traser Officer Pro. Bought secondhand from here, it attracts me mainly due to the tritium tubes that provide the lume, which I find very useful under certain circumstances such as night fishing, and also the clean fieldwatchesque design.
    However, recently it has started losing time; in 10-minute chunks. If I put it to correct time it will stay there until at some point it loses 10 minutes approx again.
    I like the lines of the officer Pro; if that bargain Marathon on SC just now didn't have a fat bezel I would solve my dilemma at a stroke. But now I am wondering if I can do anything to eradicate the timekeeping problem without having to buy another example of the same model, @ c.300.
    Would a new battery be worth a try? Could that be the cause? My logic says no, but what do the experts think?

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    For the cost of a battery why not give it a go ? never known any of mine to behave like that though, many Seiko do the 2 second hop when they need a battery change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
    For the cost of a battery why not give it a go ? never known any of mine to behave like that though, many Seiko do the 2 second hop when they need a battery change.
    Noted; I think I will. I do have a nagging feeling that this has happened before and I treated it to a whole new battery; what I can't remember is did it effect a cure!

    It's my age.

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    I suspect the watch is stopping and re-starting, or possibly the battery has come loose from its clamp. Investigation and a new battery is a good starting point, also check the contacts for corrosion, it happens when batteries leak. If the problem persists it needs to go to a repairer for fixing, I`ve no idea what movement these use but it should be straightforward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    I suspect the watch is stopping and re-starting, or possibly the battery has come loose from its clamp. Investigation and a new battery is a good starting point, also check the contacts for corrosion, it happens when batteries leak. If the problem persists it needs to go to a repairer for fixing, I`ve no idea what movement these use but it should be straightforward.
    I will check and report back.

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    Just fyi as I had a poorly Luminox once and noticed this: the stack height seems higher. Would make sense, as the hands with the vials on them need more clearance. So although the movement (Ronda 715 on my Luminox) was common, you had to be careful to get one with enough room on the pinion.

    If not at the donor stage...

    These heavy hands do need a bit of torque, something in relatively short supply on a quartz movement, so you could try the horological equivalent of the Italian tune-up: place the watch on one of those cheap demagnetisers and press the red button... the hands will spin round and if any dust was in the way, it may be dislodged. At least for a while. It may resurface later. Possibly somewhere worse.

    I didn't suggest this, you understand. I just heard it from someone. Someone not like me at all. My skills are much better than this amateur tomfoolery.

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