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    My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    Hi folks, this is my first time around here. I have a problem with my G-Shock. It is not any amazing model, but it has memorial meaning to me because it is my 21st yr old birthday gift from my dad.

    Its battery was dead around 6 months ago, and i only have the time to bring it to a watch repairman to change the battery for me. I didnt change it myself because I am not willing to take the risk since i have never dismantle a watch before.

    The battery change cost me ard US$6. But when i took the watch over and gave it a check. I realised that the backlight is not working anymore! I question the repairman why is that so, because i am pretty sure the light was working 6 months before the battery went flat.
    He claims that my watch is old, its normal that the backlight is spoilt now... :(

    I am not really believe that, but i have no choice because he doesnt look like he can do anything to get the light back for me.

    Ok, the purpose of this thread. I am curious if any experts here can guide me how i may be able to revive the backlight???

    Thanks all dearly.

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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    What model is it and how old?
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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    What model is it and how old?
    Sorry, i am really no G Shock fan. Can u guide me how do i check for the model???

    It should be close to 10yrs old

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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    The model number will be on the back. Something like 'DW-5600E', 'G-2300' etc.

    The failure rate of EL backlights is low, but it does happen. The older models with a little bulb are more likely to fail.

    By the way, does the button tone and alarm buzzer still work?
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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    DW-9050

    button tone and alarm still working.

    Btw, i notice that when i pressed the G button for the backlight, one of the bar in the round scale in the top right corner will blink once
    If i hold onto the G button, this bar will keep blinking.

    I am not sure if this is the same in the past, coz i never really noticed this part before...

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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    I think the module is 2163 (the module number is also on the back of the watch, in a little box). The manual (attached below) says that the blinking is meant to happen (although it is not clear why).

    I fear the repairman may be right. If everything else is working it is likely that the back-light has failed. Sorry...
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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    Prior to learning a little about "G"'s I had a similar issue, is it a solar? Because if it is it will need to charge up. I have and older solar that years ago I used to keep in a dresser and because it got no light the battery went dead and when I replaced it guess what, no back light and I also though something was wrong (or I screwed it up because I did the change out). But then I woke up one day and read the words TOUGH SOLAR?? So in my un-infinate wisdom I placed it in the sunlight until all the bars were filled in (fully charged) then the back light started working!!

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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    It's not solar.
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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    Tsarli had exactly the same problem when he changed the battery on his DW-9050.



    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...hlight=dw-9050




    This suggests that either a spring has been lost during the battery change or the AC reset has not been performed properly.

    Perhaps Sjors can throw light on the most probable problem.



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    Re: My watch's backlight is not working after changing the battery

    I wondered about the spring too, but then recalled another thread that said the backlight wasn't dependent on the springs.

    And yes, Sjors might know for sure.
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