Vintage G-Shock -- some buttons hard to press for contact
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    Question Vintage G-Shock -- some buttons hard to press for contact

    Have you faced hard to press buttons on your G-Shock? This seems to be a problem more common among older G-Shock models, as CASIO's later models have perfected the module design and interfacing with the casings. Only few exceptions, like the early release of the GW-5000 had some complaints about the buttons being very stiff. Also the GW-9010 Mudman is notorious for very hard to press buttons, mainly because of the thick button covers integrated into the bezel.

    I've got a few vintage G-Shock watches where some buttons are difficult to press. Sometimes it's the adjust/upper-left button (because that's already recessed) and sometimes it's other buttons. I'm thinking that what this may require is to bend outward the module contact point that is touched by the tab/prong when the pusher makes contact. Or is this something more about an issue with the pusher spring becoming extra stiff? Maybe it makes better sense to change out the problem buttons entirely?

    Has anyone here faced this problem and found a good solution?
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    Re: Vintage G-Shock -- some buttons hard to press for contact

    Sometimes the rubber O-rings on the button shafts become dry and start to harden, which makes them more difficult to push. My first step would be crack the case, pull the guts, and lube the rings to see if they soften.
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    Re: Vintage G-Shock -- some buttons hard to press for contact

    What I do sometimes is push the button in with the module out, then apply a dab of silicone oil with the tip of my tweezers to the button stem. You can then push the button in and out a few times to let the oil work into where the gaskets are.

    That's the easy choice before taking the buttons out as mentioned above.

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    Re: Vintage G-Shock -- some buttons hard to press for contact

    Thanks -- I'll give that lubricant method a try. I have some semi-liquid lithium grease that might just do the trick. From what I recall, the pusher is visible with the module in place, so I might be able to do it without removing the module.
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