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      allrachet,

      The watch will be fine. Before changing the battery with a another exact replacement, try charging it in the sun for about 4 to 5 days. It may just surprise you. The CTL-1616 is a robust battery. We have people here who have maybe a decade or more on solar batteries and those are the older type. So the CTL-1616 will probably out last those. Of course the longevity of your battery will depend on how it was treated.

      Remember this, a solar battery will show a High "H" charge fairly quickly once put in direct sunlight. It may take a number of days to fully charge. Even after that, if the watch shows "H" for high, give it another several hours in the sun to top off the battery. The charge indicator is like a gas gauge in a car. Just because it shows full does not mean it actually is completely full to the top.

      Other than the battery issue, which is easily remedied, I would check the gasket "O" ring. If you are comfortable in opening up a case back and you have the right tools (tiny phillips head screw driver set size #0,#00, and #000 and silicone grease) which can be purchased at any big box home improvement store. Open up the back remove the O ring gently and take a very small amount of silicone grease between you thumb and finger. Then run the gasket between the finger and thumb to coat the gasket. Do not use much. a little goes a long way. Then re-seat the gasket. When tightening the case back screws. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN them. If you do then the watch is compromised. Just snug them down gently.

      This is the type of silicone grease that can be used.
      DANCO 0.5 oz. Silicone Faucet Grease-88693 - The Home Depot

      Here is a screwdriver set
      Husky 8-in-1 Precision Slotted and Philips Screwdriver Set-71281H - The Home Depot

      If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
       
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      I've used dielectric grease from the auto parts store in addition to silicone grease from the plumbing section of the home improvement warehouse for o-rings. Regardless, I think you want to make sure to use the thinnest of layers, basically just smear some on, rub it around, then wipe just about all of it off. Too much and dirt will attract there.

      https://www.homedepot.com/p/DANCO-0-5-oz-Silicone-Faucet-Grease-88693/203193536
       
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