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Hello again. I have been working on this old timex electric watch. The Battery was dead. Is as a Renata 323. I replaced it with an AG5 (393). Here is the issue. If I hold the watch battery in place and spin the wheel it will start ticking. It will not start on its own. I then have to side the backing on as not to loose connection or it will stop. If I manange to get the backing on and it is still ticking as soon as I pull the adjustment pin to set the time the watch will stop. Any ideas? I know this must be basic stuff for you guys.
 

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Likely the oils that are in the joints have dried up. For many watches this is fixed with a disassembly, cleaning, oiling, and reassembly. Most Timex watches are built to be disposable and so servicing is usually not an option.
 

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I notice there are a million oils out there. Oils for the movement, hands, gears. Thick thin medium. Is all that neccesary? If I was to apply oil to see if that the problem. Wheres the best place to start. Oils, greese. Very confusing. I just need basic to get these old watches running.
 

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Hi

some movements with electrically or electronically controlled balance actually
don't start on their own. They are stopped when pullung the crown for
setting, and the balance gets a start pulse when the crown is pushed down.

Probably your Timex belongs to such kind of designs. Just look for such
starting device; it is usually a fine wire lever stopping the balance, and
striking the balance rim, when the crown is pushed down.

Regards, Roland Ranfft
 

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I have noticed a few of my Timex electrics or eletronics do not start without a good shake. Others are OK. I just give them a sharp whack to get them going. This one does:

 
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