I bought this watch used from a seller on "that auction site." The watch looks to be near mint. The battery was totally dead. The owner said it worked fine for years, then the battery ran down and he didn't bother to replace it. Given the visible condition, I figured it a worthwhile buy.
Well, I replaced the CR2016 battery and saw the display come to life. The watch was keeping time, seconds ticking away. I assembled it back together in the reverse order of how I took it apart. Then I went to operate the buttons--NOTHING. Not even illumination. I figured OK, I didn't do the AC circuit short, so maybe I need to do that. I disassembled the watch again and shorted it using the AC touch circuit. It did reset, plus I saw the illumination activate momentarily. I then tried pressing buttons and nothing worked. No mode change, no set mode. I then figured that maybe I need to put the case back on and insert the primary screws. I did that but... no luck. Still, the buttons are non functional.
Now, I need to explain that I did NOT remove the module. I also made very sure that nothing fell out. The little alarm screw is in place. So, I'm stumped. Aren't these things work or not-work? If I have a display, shouldn't I be able to operate buttons? The only thing I can think of is that maybe the owner tried replacing the battery, ran into this problem, then just put the old battery back in and sealed it back up, and then lied about it. Or, what I'm more hopeful for, is that this problem has come up before and a solution found. I did search around to see if I could find something, but didn't turn up anything except tutorials on changing batteries.
Anybody have any info on this? If you have a link to a thread that addresses this, please post. THANKS!