I thought you guys might enjoy this. :)
See high rez pictures here!
(By the way, this is a fully working vector. But I didn't know that when I disassembled it! It's okay, it's working just fine. )
The unit pictured below has since been re-assembled. It remains 100% functional. It has been dunked in water, etc and it works perfectly.
I just got a beat up vector in a ebay lot, and felt the urge to dig into its internals. Haven't seen anything like this anywhere, so feedback will be welcome!
I will skip the strap & battery instructions. I'll assume that battery and strap are already removed.
1. start with vector.
2. Remove rotating ring. You can do this with your fingernails.
3. flip it over, you'll see the 4 screws.
4. Remove the 4 screws.
5. Carefully flip it over again.
6. Lift the cover off. It should come off with very little resistance.
Unlike more common watches, the module will NOT lift out of the vector. Certain parts are molded directly to the case bottom, so don't even attempt to pull it straight out!
7. Remove the O-ring, if u feel like it.
8. Go around and carefully push the 4 tabs. Be careful, they are easy to bend or break, and absolutely necessary for your vector to work properly.
9. Once the gray plastic piece is freed from the copper tentacles, it will lift straight out with no resistance.
10. Very carefully pull out the circuit board. Be careful where you put that thing!
11. Remove the two tiny metal pieces that are not secured to the case bottom. The top one is for the battery's negative terminal, and the bottom one is for the alarm.
You're all done! reverse to put it back together.
*Some things I learned from the disassembly*
1. The main sensor is mounted directly on the main circuitboard. It's that little circular thing on the bottom right. It is, for obviously reasons, exposed to the elements.
2. The six tiny holes on the back of the watch opens up to a large circular hole on the inside, where the alti-baro sensor is located. The sensor is made by Intersema.
Here are the specs:
3. This hole is sealed by a o-ring around the circular sensor mount (compare the two pics below). The sensor is filled with a silicon-based gel that protects it. The manufacturer of the sensor recommends that it not be disturbed, so don't poke it! (Read details in the tech document linked above)
4. There is a huge empty area inside the watch, with a corresponding empty space on the circuit board. Presumably, this space is used for the heart rate monitor's receiver in the Suunto Advisor, which share the case shape with the vector. (Thanks to other members for pointing this out for me!)
5. The button contact plates, which also doubles as the positive terminal, is held into the caseback with plastic tabs that were melted over it at the factory. It is clearly not meant to be removed, and it is the reason why the module will not lift straight out of the case.
6. I don't know where the temperature sensor is... It could be any of those small chips that have 3 or 4 leads.
7. The bearing sensor (compass) is that rectangular black chip on the bottom. It's a Honeywell HMC1022. Here are the specs from the makers! Now we know exactly what the Vector's compass is capable of. :D
8. As any watch enthusiast should know, that shiny cylinder on the bottom left corner is the quarts crystal for keeping time.
9. I have asked around, but nobody can tell me what that little white rectangle is for. If you know, please reply to this thread with the answer.
Here are some pics with identifications. :)
Now show me yours! Does anyone want to donate a busted CORE to me so I can post a similar thread? OR perhaps a WORKING Core?