Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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Replaced the battery in my Dad's C3 MK2. It's the rare gold numerals and hands version.
Everything went fine till the screw went flying when I was just about to tighten it down after popping in the new Renata 395 !
To say the screw is tiny is a complete understatement !
Never to be seen again LOL
Thankfully I had a spare Ronda quartz movement and set about robbing screws from it. Found one or two that looked similar.
The three pronged spring and contact that holds down the battery catapulted the old screw so I used masking tape to keep the spring in place whilst I screwed down the screw.
All good and a new tip put into practice for the future :)
Glad Dad will have his watch back before Father's day.
Looks great even though it's now 9 years old.

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Re: Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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MiniMpi wrote: Fri Jun 17, 2022 10:37 pm Replaced the battery in my Dad's C3 MK2. It's the rare gold numerals and hands version.
Everything went fine till the screw went flying when I was just about to tighten it down after popping in the new Renata 395 !
To say the screw is tiny is a complete understatement !
Never to be seen again LOL
Thankfully I had a spare Ronda quartz movement and set about robbing screws from it. Found one or two that looked similar.
The three pronged spring and contact that holds down the battery catapulted the old screw so I used masking tape to keep the spring in place whilst I screwed down the screw.
All good and a new tip put into practice for the future :)
Glad Dad will have his watch back before Father's day.
Looks great even though it's now 9 years old.

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Man, those micro screws eh? :thumbdown: Designed to disappear.... not a job to do in the garden.....
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Re: Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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Good job Ferg! That's a very good looking version I haven't really noticed before. The vintage style of that bracelet is very cool too.
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Thanks guys ;)

@Thegreyman : I bought the watch from our long standing member Paul Drawmer back in 2015 !
The stretch bracelet is from a Timex reissue that my Dad had before.
Suits the watch so so well.
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Good Job Ferg! Glad you had some spares. Looks great
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I feel like there’s a theme going here with you having to do some problem solving with older watches. First the spring bar issue now the flying screw! I’m glad you found a solution.
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Re: Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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jkbarnes wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:28 pm I feel like there’s a theme going here with you having to do some problem solving with older watches. First the spring bar issue now the flying screw! I’m glad you found a solution.
Thanks Andrew :thumbup:
If I had the time, which I don't at the moment, I'd love to get into watch servicing. Purely for myself just to tip away at it.
Sometime hopefully I'll get the opportunity to have a go.
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Re: Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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Lovely watch Ferg! In a similar vein, I am in the process of changing a couple of batteries for Carol's watches and decided that out of date batteries won't do, and that I really should invest in some better quality tiny 'drivers! Deliveries next week.
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Paul Drawmer wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 5:21 pm Lovely watch Ferg! In a similar vein, I am in the process of changing a couple of batteries for Carol's watches and decided that out of date batteries won't do, and that I really should invest in some better quality tiny 'drivers! Deliveries next week.
Excellent !
Best of luck Paul.
Let us know how you get on.
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Re: Battery change on C3 Malvern MK2

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I definitely did not do the exact same thing the first time I swapped the battery in a C6, necessitating a trip, hand in hand, to my watchmaker. She took pity and replaced the screw for a very fair $10.

Great tip on using masking tape. I will be employing that trick from now on.
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