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Watch got wet. Will it ever work again?

I guess i did not seal it right because when i opened my mio ulitimate watch, there was condensation inside. it had been raining that day. i put in new battery but no life.
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if it's a digital watch... it's probably done for.
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I dont know, its difficult to say.

If its just fresh water it shouldnt hurt the electronics. You could dip your computers mobo into distilled water, dry it off again and it would most likely work fine.

If its been in salty water, maybe try to rinse it with a saline soln or something sterile first, make sure its non-corrosive, non conductive, and is as pure as possible.

For now leave the case open (ie the back panel off) and let it fully dry out. Then re-test it. Or blow it dry with compressed air.

It also depends how far you take a part the watch.
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Take out the battery now! Then open as much as you can, and let it sit for a few days. My MyFi got wet, and I was able to let it dry.
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JohnB wrote:I dont know, its difficult to say.

If its been in salty water, maybe try to rinse it with a saline soln or something sterile first, make sure its non-corrosive, non conductive, and is as pure as possible.
If you cant avoid stupid advice then dont give any.

Saline is conductive and will leave salt when it evaporates.
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It got wet in the rain. it worked in rain but by time i got home it was dead. i thought a saline solution is salty water. it is digital watch. heart rate monitor. not even the light comes on. my digital camera fell in river once and resumed working a few days later.im drying with blow dryer. thanks for the advice.
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I have a swiss army watch, the seal never worked properly after I changed the battery so sometimes when I wash dishes or cars for a prolong time, water gets in, the whole thing would fog up inside and I can't see a thing. My fix is put it on my laptop (ON) overnight, I must have done it over 20 times by now works like a charm. :)
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whoa. watches that have bad seals, that get soaked on the inside after it rains?

that's not good. all my watches, even those cheap night market ones do well in the rain. :confused:
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A heat source is your friend. My preference is bending a desk lamp down until the shade almost comes in contact with the watch....it gets very hot under there and evaporates off any water.
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im guessing that i did not put seal in right when i replaced battery. it is an expensive watch.
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deep wrote:A heat source is your friend. .
i thought google was.
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politicallyincorrect wrote:im guessing that i did not put seal in right when i replaced battery. it is an expensive watch.
You are sure that (a) The battery is good and (b) you didnt put it in backwards?????
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Cough wrote:If you cant avoid stupid advice then dont give any.

Saline is conductive and will leave salt when it evaporates.
JohnB wrote: If its been in salty water, maybe try to rinse it with a saline soln or something sterile first, make sure its non-corrosive, non conductive, and is as pure as possible.
Yikes sorry about that I didnt mean saline, as it is a saltwater sol'n. I guess you were not able to understand the next few words I wrote.

My advice isnt stupid, its generally how you try to "repair" a cheap quartz watch thats wet. Aside from the saline of course.

So lose the attitude.
Originally Posted by uruha:
I saw a customer returning a book at Costco + telling the employee that the book was good.
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JohnB wrote:Yikes sorry about that I didnt mean saline, as it is a saltwater sol'n. I guess you were not able to understand the next few words I wrote.

My advice isnt stupid, its generally how you try to "repair" a cheap quartz watch thats wet. Aside from the saline of course.

So lose the attitude.
The term is distilled water
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tried two new batteries and even tested with volt meter.
put battery in both ways. but negative is supposed to face up.
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