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This my first post. I'm a collector of Mens Citizen Eco Drive - Radio Controlled watches. My wife has a small collection of Citizen Eco Drive watches and this one appears to have a failing capacitor. It's been left in the window with plenty of daylight for around two weeks and fails to hold the charge. Citizen want stupid money to replace the capacitor so I'm wondering if this is a simple job to replace. I realise once the seal is broken it ceases to be waterproof but I do have watch rubber seal grease that I can use? This is the watch in question. Due to the cost of buying the capacitor, is this watch worth doing? It's an unusual style of watch and may be quite rare?
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Hi guys,
This my first post. I'm a collector of Mens Citizen Eco Drive - Radio Controlled watches. My wife has a small collection of Citizen Eco Drive watches and this one appears to have a failing capacitor. It's been left in the window with plenty of daylight for around two weeks and fails to hold the charge. Citizen want stupid money to replace the capacitor so I'm wondering if this is a simple job to replace. I realise once the seal is broken it ceases to be waterproof but I do have watch rubber seal grease that I can use? This is the watch in question. Due to the cost of buying the capacitor, is this watch worth doing? It's an unusual style of watch and may be quite rare? View attachment 144212 View attachment 144213 View attachment 144214
There are instruction videos on YouTube, and it looks no harder than changing a battery to be honest
 

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Hello The Citizen, I want to welcome you aboard, and just thank
you for joining us ! 🙂 Also have to thank you Wiggles for coming
to the rescue with this !!! (y)(y) It’s really great to know that the
capacitors can actually be replaced so easily. And if we have the
courage, as well as steady hand to try to do it ourselves, that it
is can be done. 😉

This hobby never ever ceases to amaze. We are genuinely always
learning something new all of the time.
 

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Thanks, Wiggles for your reply. Looked at the video and It does look pretty straightforward to replace the capacitor. Will have a go at doing it myself. Have to dig my magnifying glass out of mothballs😃 The watch is well out of the guarantee period anyway😉
Hi, Atomic Tom. Appreciate your welcome👍 Thanks!
 

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You got it Citizen ! 😉

Good luck with everything, and if you can, please let us know
how it goes. (y)(y) It will be great if you can get that beauty
up and working perfect again for your wife. And if you can fix
that one, you’ll be able to do the same with any of your cool
other Eco Drive watches too. 🙂
 

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You got it Citizen ! 😉

Good luck with everything, and if you can, please let us know
how it goes. (y)(y) It will be great if you can get that beauty
up and working perfect again for your wife. And if you can fix
that one, you’ll be able to do the same with any of your cool
other Eco Drive watches too. 🙂
I've ordered the capacitor. I will definitely let you know how it went. I'm hoping it is the capacitor and not something else gone wrong with the movement? These capacitors are not exactly cheap either. Just paid £16 for this one but if it works I would've saved £64. Citizen UK charge £80 to replace the battery. Here is a photo of some of my Citizen watches. I tend to focus on the radio controlled watches. I'm currently looking to get a Satellite watch, but waiting for Citizen to drastically reduce the price. No rush😀
 

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I've ordered the capacitor. I will definitely let you know how it went. I'm hoping it is the capacitor and not something else gone wrong with the movement? These capacitors are not exactly cheap either. Just paid £16 for this one but if it works I would've saved £64. Citizen UK charge £80 to replace the battery. Here is a photo of some of my Citizen watches. I tend to focus on the radio controlled watches. I'm currently looking to get a Satellite watch, but waiting for Citizen to drastically reduce the price. No rush😀
I also live in the UK. My friend was quoted £100 to put a new movement in his watch, I bought one for £8 and and changed it for the price of a pint.
 

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I've ordered the capacitor. I will definitely let you know how it went. I'm hoping it is the capacitor and not something else gone wrong with the movement? These capacitors are not exactly cheap either. Just paid £16 for this one but if it works I would've saved £64. Citizen UK charge £80 to replace the battery. Here is a photo of some of my Citizen watches. I tend to focus on the radio controlled watches. I'm currently looking to get a Satellite watch, but waiting for Citizen to drastically reduce the price. No rush😀

(y) Very cool news, and yes looking forward to hearing how it goes.
We will have to keep our fingers crossed that it’s not something with
the movement like you said. Hopefully it’s just a quick fix, or at least
semi quick fix with the capacitor. I give you a lot of credit trying to
fix the issue yourself. 🏆 It shows how much you enjoy this watch,
and honestly that whole collection of Citizens !

Wow, that is impressive right there. It’s like looking in the window, or
a display case at the Citizen store. 😀😎 ..Can’t thank you enough
for the look at them, as well as report on the capacitor !!!
 

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Thanks🙂 As you know collecting watches is a great hobby no matter whether they be a thirty grand Rolex or a $/£10 unknown make off eBay.🙂 Such an ingenious way in which the human race has devised all kinds of methods of telling the time, from a sun dial, sand timers, water clocks, to the atomic clock of today. Plus all the other different types of movements in between. On a personal level I've gone from one extreme to the other. I'm retired now but was once an Antique dealer specialising in Antique clocks that were anything up to 300 years old. It was a real privilege being able to work on, and sympathetically restore these clocks back to how they once were. Although that was my job and how I paid the bills, the money wasn't the important part for me. I feel sure you and many others will know what I mean?
 

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Thank YOU, and yes I definitely know what you mean Citizen. 😉

If it’s something that you really enjoy, or are passionate about it that
is just THE best. And if you can have a career built around that which
you enjoy that is the icing on the cake. 🙂 I honestly can only imagine
all that you learned, and saw throughout the years working with all
of those clocks. Wow !

Honestly, a lot of times I feel like we are so fortunate to be interested
in this hobby. Because so many people have no idea about it. ..Or don’t
even think much about watches. As they seem to seemingly immerse
themselves in every other trend, and fad out there. 😄 While we immerse
ourselves in this unbelievably wonderful, almost under the radar hobby.
With all of it’s history, brands big, and small, and watches of all kinds as
you said.

Yup, we are very lucky for a lot of reasons. But being into watches is
almost like this incredibly cool secret we know about. Or island in which
we all discovered. 🏝 ..I mean we would like more people to find the
island, as well as join in on the fun. But, it’s up to them to want to even
search for the island right?!

I’m just so happy that we all found the hobby, because I can’t imagine
things without it. Or the terrific people that are interested in the hobby. 😉
 

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Thank YOU, and yes I definitely know what you mean Citizen. 😉

If it’s something that you really enjoy, or are passionate about it that
is just THE best. And if you can have a career built around that which
you enjoy that is the icing on the cake. 🙂 I honestly can only imagine
all that you learned, and saw throughout the years working with all
of those clocks. Wow !

Honestly, a lot of times I feel like we are so fortunate to be interested
in this hobby. Because so many people have no idea about it. ..Or don’t
even think much about watches. As they seem to seemingly immerse
themselves in every other trend, and fad out there. 😄 While we immerse
ourselves in this unbelievably wonderful, almost under the radar hobby.
With all of it’s history, brands big, and small, and watches of all kinds as
you said.

Yup, we are very lucky for a lot of reasons. But being into watches is
almost like this incredibly cool secret we know about. Or island in which
we all discovered. 🏝 ..I mean we would like more people to find the
island, as well as join in on the fun. But, it’s up to them to want to even
search for the island right?!

I’m just so happy that we all found the hobby, because I can’t imagine
things without it. Or the terrific people that are interested in the hobby. 😉
You have hit the nail right on the head. To these eyes a watch and clock is very often a work of art and an engineering miracle. But I'm afraid the mobile phone has now sadly taken over from watches and clocks. The SLR & DSLR camera has also suffered the same fate. Most people these days use their phone to tell the time and take photos. I'm still old school in that department as well. I do use my phone to take every day shots but anything when I require the ultimate quality I use my DSLR with a selection of various lens. At present NO mobile phone can compete with a DSLR camera for photo quality. But the phone is not that far behind. The speed at which sensor technology is evolving - in 5 years time the DSLR camera will be obsolete. Possibly only the top pro photographers will still use them? Happy days still remain, for the time being🙂
 

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If the new capacitor dosent solve the problem I'll be looking to replace the movement? Did you manage to find a complete movement including the dial and hands?
The watch in question was a fashion watch. I just took the back off and found the part number of the movement. I simply took the hands, dial, and crown from the original movement and put it on the new one. If you know what you are doing and have the tools, it isn't a hard job, although the hands can be a bit tricky
 

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The watch in question was a fashion watch. I just took the back off and found the part number of the movement. I simply took the hands, dial, and crown from the original movement and put it on the new one. If you know what you are doing and have the tools, it isn't a hard job, although the hands can be a bit tricky
Thanks for the info. The problem I have is I have house full of all kinds of engineering tools but sadly nothing suitable to repair a watch. The removal and replacing the hands would be the major problem for me. Will have to locate a local watch repairer to do that job. Shouldn't charge that much just to swap a movement over...hopefully🤣 Maynot come to that if the new capacitor works🤞
 

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Thanks for the info. The problem I have is I have house full of all kinds of engineering tools but sadly nothing suitable to repair a watch. The removal and replacing the hands would be the major problem for me. Will have to locate a local watch repairer to do that job. Shouldn't charge that much just to swap a movement over...hopefully🤣 Maynot come to that if the new capacitor works🤞
Which I expect it will!
 

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You got it Citizen ! 😉

Good luck with everything, and if you can, please let us know
how it goes. (y)(y) It will be great if you can get that beauty
up and working perfect again for your wife. And if you can fix
that one, you’ll be able to do the same with any of your cool
other Eco Drive watches too. 🙂
Just an update on my wife's watch. I fitted a new capacitor and it is now working again beautifully. Long may it last?🙂
 

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Just an update on my wife's watch. I fitted a new capacitor and it is now working again beautifully. Long may it last?🙂
Holy cow, that is wonderful, not to mention sounds like it may have
even been easier than we thought. 😲 Can’t even say how happy I
am for you, and your wife to have this marvel up and running again.

Yes, may it last for many many years ! :D And if it ever does have
issues again in the future, at least you’ll know you can fix it yourself. 😉

Great job Citizen, thanks so much for the update !!!
 

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What a remarkable watch! I know two ladies off hand that would love it.
Thanks for your nice comment. Yes, my wife likes this watch due to it being a very unusual design. Have to say I've researched it online and can't find any information on it but when I contacted Citizen UK they were aware of it so it's a genuine authentic Citizen watch which I found to be very reassuring. Especially since there are so many fake watches out there😪
 

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Holy cow, that is wonderful, not to mention sounds like it may have
even been easier than we thought. 😲 Can’t even say how happy I
am for you, and your wife to have this marvel up and running again.

Yes, may it last for many many years ! :D And if it ever does have
issues again in the future, at least you’ll know you can fix it yourself. 😉

Great job Citizen, thanks so much for the update !!!
It was surprisingly easy to replace the capacitor in this watch. It's a very basic uncomplicated movement so no different to replacing a standard quartz watch battery. I now have a mens Eco Drive watch that needs the capacitor replacing which is a very different ball game to my wife's watch🙂 I bought this watch second hand a few years ago and the capacitor had been removed by the previous owner. The old capacitor was in a included in little plastic bag so I knew the correct one to get. And of course the back of the movement is clearly marked with the model and serial number. The big problem with this watch is there is no clear way of knowing where the capacitor contact should be located. Please see photo. Again, there is no information that I can find on the net. Been days looking on YouTube and dozens of other sites. Even contacted Citizen UK and they were very unhelpful and only suggested that I send the watch to them for repair. Here's some photos of the movement.
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