Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

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Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby larslind » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:42 am

On my Irony Windfall Chrono, the 1/10 sec fraction counter is stuck at almost 8/10 (See photo)

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I have tried following the readjustment instructions in the manuals, but the counter does not move. The other counters work as they should.

Is this a common problem? And is it something that can be fixed (without replacing the whole watch)?

I don't use the Chrono function much, but I would still like the 1/10 counter to be pointing nicely to 10.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Hans » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:04 pm

This is a very common problem! You might try to take off the crystal and lubricate the hand.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby larslind » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:40 pm

Thanks for the answer.

Does there exists instructions on how to remove the crystal? And what to use for lubrication?

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Hans » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:49 pm

You're on your own there! For lubrication use special watch oil only.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Wayne D. » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:34 pm

You might try this first: With the battery hatch off and a small straight pin you can get in there and try moving the chrono hand that is stuck to move it a smige. There may have been a small dirt particle that got onto that gear and stopped it from moving. Just be careful. Good luck my friend, it's a very nice Swatch.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Hans » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:16 pm

Oh and be carefull, this is one of the rare Swatch dials that is not fully waterproof, half of it is not!

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby johnix » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:58 pm

There is no need to open the watch. Just move a small magnet hence and forth sideways, very close to tbe back of the watch around the two and three o'clock position. Try slightly different positions and slowly until the hand moves. Then you can speed up the pase as it rotates more freely, and finally, spin the arm with the 0-adjustment button. It should loosen up.

I had the same problem with two of my Chronos, which are running fine again. I wish you the best with this smart one.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby manroshan97 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:01 pm

are swatch irony chronos repairable??

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Hans » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:06 pm

Sure they are! Check some work here:

http://www.swatchrepair.com/customchrono.html

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby frk202 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:19 am

Hi all,

Sorry to post in such a old topic, didn't want to start a new one.

I have the same problem, a stuck 1/10th hand as well which wont move. I've tried the magnet trick (which I have managed to rotate the hand a full 180 degrees) and I have taken out the battery and blown the inside with compressed air, however the dial still does not move...

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I would truly and sincerely appreciate it a lot!

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Rob » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:16 pm

Dear frk202,

When it really doesn't work, I'm afraid there is a moment one must get an old cigar box, put the watch inside, say a prayer, make a hole in the backyard..... and i think the rest you can fill in yourself.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby frk202 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:37 am

Rob,

The worse nightmare has now become reality, but what has passed must be laid to rest.
I will make sure it rests in peace.

Regards.

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Buddhahat » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:51 pm

johnix wrote:There is no need to open the watch. Just move a small magnet hence and forth sideways, very close to tbe back of the watch around the two and three o'clock position. Try slightly different positions and slowly until the hand moves. Then you can speed up the pase as it rotates more freely, and finally, spin the arm with the 0-adjustment button. It should loosen up.

I had the same problem with two of my Chronos, which are running fine again. I wish you the best with this smart one.


Just registered as I wanted to thank you for this advice! I bought a '92 swatch chrono from eBay. The watch looked brand new but when I put the battery in none of the stop watch chronograph dials worked. I wiggled a magnet behind the watch to move the dials and one by one managed to get them going. The small hour dial was the last to budge but by using the magnet to move it manually and by pressing the corresponding button I eventually got it all working again. Great advice - many thanks!

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Re: Windfall 1/10 sec counter stuck

Postby Wayne D. » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:16 am

:) +2. I tried that also and got a couple of my old chronos working.
So thank you Johnix, where ever you are! :D


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