Witching hour:Timex stops working in the depths of night..

I won a Timex Expedition [TW2V07100] on ebay a couple of weeks ago. I popped a new battery in it, the indiglo works well and it keeps reasonable time. Happy days!

However, I started to notice it would lose huge chunks of time overnight if I wear it to sleep. It seems to stop working for multiple hours and will be 3-4 hours slow by morning.

This doesn't happen if I take it off at night.

It's my first indiglo and I really wanted to wear it at night to help track my baby's sleep/feeding. But this issue means I'm quickly losing confidence in it.

Does anyone know if depressing the indiglo button for a long period would stop the watch? Maybe I'm accidentally depressing it under the pillow?

Worse still, without a screw down crown, perhaps I'm managing to snag and pull out the crown (a long stretch as only position 2 hacks the seconds and this has happened at least 4 different nights now..)

OR is the most logical explanation a good old fashioned haunting, and I need to call a priest, pronto?

I think it says in the manual that you need to think your happiest thought, and recite "Expecto Patronum".

WatchBee

I think it says in the manual that you need to think your happiest thought, and recite "Expecto Patronum".

ah, page 74. My mistake. Thanks!

I have an indigo, and have read that the light is a huge drain on the battery. I doubt you鈥檙e accidentally pulling the crown out and then pushing it back it every night.

Maybe run a small test and see what happens if you hold down the indigo button (rubber band?) for a few min during the daytime?

sam_kula

I have an indigo, and have read that the light is a huge drain on the battery. I doubt you鈥檙e accidentally pulling the crown out and then pushing it back it every night.

Maybe run a small test and see what happens if you hold down the indigo button (rubber band?) for a few min during the daytime?

It doesnt surprise me. I held the button down for a little over 10 minutes and the thing kept on ticking..

I wonder if the watch just runs slower if indiglo is pressed for extended periods of time, or if there's a self protection system which cuts off power if indiglo is depressed for x minutes.. (I'd have thought the 10 minute test would have found this..)

I don鈥檛 know but that pic is great!

Hmmmm?? seems a bit odd?? I currently own a couple of Timex Expedition watches with the Indiglo feature, and have owned a few more in the past ... none of them behaved the way yours seems to be doing? In fact all of them (including my current 15 year old "beater"), have been dead reliable!

Is possible that the battery you put in is a bum one ... can happen if it's a cheap "dollar store" brand and/or if it was sitting on the shelf for an extended period of time ... I'd try another new, brand-name battery and see how that works out ...

The more likely culprit is that the hands are catching on each other in a position that you rarely achieve while awake. Any battery that loses hours will soon be dead.

Aurelian

The more likely culprit is that the hands are catching on each other in a position that you rarely achieve while awake. Any battery that loses hours will soon be dead.

Possible, but highly unlikely ... in a lifetime (several decades) of owning Timex watches, I've never had it, or seen it happen ... not saying that it couldn't, just that it's unlikely. If hands are catching on each other, then it's a bigger problem than the battery and should be able to be simulated during the daytime by putting the watch in similar positions to that while sleeping ... my $0.02 馃榾

Could be the date wheel catching under the dial

neloms

I don鈥檛 know but that pic is great!

[I should have pointed out - this is illustrative only.. my actual watch has a '5' at the 5 position! 馃槣]

Savage61

Hmmmm?? seems a bit odd?? I currently own a couple of Timex Expedition watches with the Indiglo feature, and have owned a few more in the past ... none of them behaved the way yours seems to be doing? In fact all of them (including my current 15 year old "beater"), have been dead reliable!

Is possible that the battery you put in is a bum one ... can happen if it's a cheap "dollar store" brand and/or if it was sitting on the shelf for an extended period of time ... I'd try another new, brand-name battery and see how that works out ...

I used some Duracells from amazon, so pretty fresh and reputable. It was a two-pack so I could give the other one a go.. Thanks for the suggestion.

Aurelian

The more likely culprit is that the hands are catching on each other in a position that you rarely achieve while awake. Any battery that loses hours will soon be dead.

If you're referring to 3pm - I am meditating, definitely not napping...

Savage61

Possible, but highly unlikely ... in a lifetime (several decades) of owning Timex watches, I've never had it, or seen it happen ... not saying that it couldn't, just that it's unlikely. If hands are catching on each other, then it's a bigger problem than the battery and should be able to be simulated during the daytime by putting the watch in similar positions to that while sleeping ... my $0.02 馃榾

I'll give it a shot - in the mornings the watch is showing around 3 o'clock when it's actually 6 or 7am. So the specter presents itself some time between 23:00 and 03:00..

bradoliver

Could be the date wheel catching under the dial

The date wheel is unusual - the date does not change when manually moving the hands past midnight..

Not sure if that's a quirk of the time quartz movement (I assumed so).

XplusYplusZ

The date wheel is unusual - the date does not change when manually moving the hands past midnight..

Not sure if that's a quirk of the time quartz movement (I assumed so).

If you really like the watch, a service could flush out the culprit. Or just buy another watch if it鈥檚 cheaper.

bradoliver

If you really like the watch, a service could flush out the culprit. Or just buy another watch if it鈥檚 cheaper.

I paid less than the cost of a watch strap for it - so, sadly, I'm not going to spend money on it..

I have written to Timex to see if it's something they have heard of before.