Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)
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    Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    I noticed that the light button on my GW-5000 was sticking a bit which was making it hard to consistently get it to activate. I know the GW-5000 is widely thought to have hard to press buttons but this was unusually difficult. I figured it was probably dirt or grime as I wear the GW-5000 frequently, including at the gym and in the shower.

    So I removed the bezel and had a look. Once the bezel was off I could clearly see that the button was sticking; it would not readily return to the rest position. I started by using a soft toothbrush around the button to try to clean any dirt or debris away from the crevice. This helped a bit. I then put a drop of air tool oil on the button and let it sit for a while. Once it "soaked in" I started pressing the button repeatedly (a couple hundred times) and then spun the button back and forth for 10-15 minutes. Success! It completely cleared up the sticking issue.

    I repeated this with the other buttons and had similar results. I am not claiming that this is a fix for the stiff buttons, but I think lubricating and wearing-in the seals would logically help button movement if it is starting to degrade.

    My ideal method would be to remove the buttons from the inside and clean/lubricate them directly, and I have done this on other watches, but I don't want to open my GW-5000 unless I absolutely have to (no need for trimming or battery changes, at least not in the foreseeable future).

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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    I've done the same on old watches I've picked up that have had stuck buttons, I don't have any tool oil, but have found a small dab of silicone oil applied with the point of my tweezers works well.
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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    That "tool oil", if petroleum based, will most likely destroy the seals on your buttons. Silicone oil would have been a much wiser choice ...
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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    Quote Originally Posted by gaijin View Post
    That "tool oil", if petroleum based, will most likely destroy the seals on your buttons. Silicone oil would have been a much wiser choice ...
    I don't think that is the case. I believe these o-rings are made of Buna-N, which is incredibly resistant to petroleum lubricants.

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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    Buna-N ...

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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    I would be more concerned about where the "dirt" went to. With a petroleum based oil, chances are that the dirt has worked its way along the button shaft & into the watch case. The only way to really clean these up properly is to remove the buttons, clean the holes, re-lube the gaskets with silicon & re-install the button. Definitely more work, but worth it in the end.

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    Re: Fixing sticky button (GW-5000)

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowback View Post
    I would be more concerned about where the "dirt" went to. With a petroleum based oil, chances are that the dirt has worked its way along the button shaft & into the watch case. The only way to really clean these up properly is to remove the buttons, clean the holes, re-lube the gaskets with silicon & re-install the button. Definitely more work, but worth it in the end.
    It is entirely possible, though I am not really concerned. I blew out as much dirt as I could before starting with the toothbrush. In either case, it helped fix the sticky button, at least for another few years. I will eventually open the case, but not any time soon.
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