Post by Steam McQueen on Nov 10, 2013 23:18:41 GMT -5
^ It sure looks like a Timex, but there were a ton of look-alike watches at that time. If I recall from the huge watch thread at BBC, I don't think it was ever proven that Elwood wears a Timex. Jake wore a Timex, Elwood may have been wearing a knock-off brand.
I thought I had responded with this already, but I found out that the brand is a Cordura. They appear to be a fabric and clothing company now. But I see these watches a LOT when googling Cordura LED watch. They seem to pop up on eBay also about 2x as often as a Timex does! And I'd say it's a dead ringer for whatever Elwood is wearing, which is not a Timex.
Sad little update about the watch also, I blew it. It was having a little redundancy issue, and through the face I could see a little chunk of something stuck to the face of the numbers, in short I used a compressed air duster and tried to blow it out. Turns out the board around the numbers have these itty bitty teeny weeny little wires about 1/4th the width of a hair going to each LED. So I gotta take it into a watch repair shop and hope something can be done.
(Heads up for those of you who might attempt to repair even a simple "Operation Board Game" type of problem. DON'T TOUCH THE BABY WIRES.)
Post by Lord Vadus on Dec 13, 2013 14:40:04 GMT -5
I have one, myself, and I rather like it. It's nearly-identical to the rightmost one with the disconnected band in the image above. It keeps good time and is always impressive to those who are interested in watches. I just had a new band put on yesterday, too. Though, the thing is the thickest watch that I own, and I have some hefty self-winding units.
I'm also a watch collector, recreationally, and have to keep careful balance of all my hobbies, as I go overboard way too easily. I completely know the feeling.
Went to 2 different watch shops. Both said they couldn't do anything for me. So if any of yous guys knows a guy that knows a guy, let me know cause I really like this watch and it doesn't look like it'll be real easy finding another like it. I see a couple but one description sounds a little shady (Says for parts and repair in title but that it works in description.) and the other is $100 and also kind of a shady description. "Worked the 2 years ago the last time he used it but he does not guarantee vintage electronics." So I guess if you get it and it doesn't work, you're really up shit creek.
Went to 2 different watch shops. Both said they couldn't do anything for me. So if any of yous guys knows a guy that knows a guy, let me know cause I really like this watch and it doesn't look like it'll be real easy finding another like it.
Rather than look for another watch, one idea would be simply to look for a working module (that you can put in your current watch). If you find another cordura digital watch with the buttons in basically the right place, they're almost assuredly in exactly the same place (same watch brand, so likely same module manufacturer), and you could put the working module in your watch. And if you're a little adventurous, you could get a watch (with a working module) of another brand, as long as the buttons were in basically the correct place, and the module might just fit right into your watch. Or maybe you'd need to shim it or shave down the module.
I sure wish I could just get one that worked! I know the guy that sold me the watch knew it was broken already, he said it worked the last time he used it and it just needed a battery, and he would do it himself, but he didn't know how to open it, BUT the inside was cracked where the battery fits, so he had to've known.
Normally I could fix it myself, avoiding the tiny wires with my new knowledge, and reattach the circuits over the crack, but this watch has a little black plastic face glued down over everything, so I can't do that.
The best option would be to do like sig suggested, find a working module and put it in, don't know where to find one at a CHEAP price though.
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