Buyer beware? Citizen Promaster Eco-drive for $50

Did I just get swindled? Bamboozled? Hoodwinked? You be the judge.

One of my admitted predilection is towards buying second hand watches for discounted prices. I wag my tail every time I smell a uninformed seller that has something special but doesn't know it. I found this Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive for sell for $80. My ears perked up. In the sellers description of the watch they said, "watch works, just needs battery change". Knowing how the Eco-Drive works I knew that it runs on a battery charged by light, so I asked her if she tried taking it outside, she replied, "it's raining today and wouldn't get any sun". I let her know that indirect light sources should be enough to charge the watch, and if it hasn't charged by now service is most likely needed. I offered $50 w/said possible issue, and she accepted the offer.

My questions:

If service is needed, how much would it cost?

Is there any indicators of issue to diagnose?

If it needs a new battery, is hard to replace( I has lots of watch repair tools)?

Last question:

Would you have bought it, knowing what I knew?

I hope she just kept it in a dark box and it just needs some charge. Either way I think it was a good deal.

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If you can change a watch battery, you can change the battery/capacitor in a solar watch. I did as much for my father's Seiko, no problem.

Great-looking watch! 馃槏

Very nice!! I do the exact same. Scan eBay newly listed, find a good watch, low ball super hard and hope for the best!

My dad鈥檚 eco drive failed after a few years. When I got it, I put a new battery in and it only lasted a few days. Then I recalled my dad saying he鈥檇 changed the battery and not fixed it; and he鈥檇 like a new watch (which he got).

Anyway, I would not touch a used eco drive. In fact, I just stay away period.

Pallet_Fork

If you can change a watch battery, you can change the battery/capacitor in a solar watch. I did as much for my father's Seiko, no problem.

Great-looking watch! 馃槏

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SeahawkOG

My dad鈥檚 eco drive failed after a few years. When I got it, I put a new battery in and it only lasted a few days. Then I recalled my dad saying he鈥檇 changed the battery and not fixed it; and he鈥檇 like a new watch (which he got).

Anyway, I would not touch a used eco drive. In fact, I just stay away period.

Was it a specific Citizen battery?

Kevinseiko

Was it a specific Citizen battery?

The dealer used a Panasonic MT621 when I had it changed. Not sure if that鈥檚 the same as my dad got when he had it changed. Anyway, neither got the watch working.