• Timex Ironman watch battery change ---> now no sound ???

    From sangdlau@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Oct 8 08:30:30 2015
    OMG, it works! No idea how that works, but switching the back cover's position worked!

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  • From lrichmond@jacksonville-college.edu@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Tue Dec 29 06:42:22 2015
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 2:00:00 AM UTC-5, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    I flipped the back 180 degrees as well and it worked. However, it was sensitive to how much I tightened the screws. If I tightened them all the way[or perhaps too much?] it wouldn't beep. When I loosened them about 1/2 a turn, it would.

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  • From barryedwards1958@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Jan 23 07:11:18 2016
    The brass curly spring needs to be outside the plastic sticker so that it contacts the watch back which is where the vibration occurs.

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  • From davidtuengineer@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Tue Mar 1 08:19:03 2016
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?
    atch had exact the same problem.
    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    I just replaced the battery. The Ironman watch had the same problem, after reading all the replies.
    I removed the back cover and replaced it back by turning it 180 degree. It means the IRONMAN back cover is at the same direction of the TIMAX trade mark at the front. Now, the watch works as a new one.

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  • From papagd454@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Addison Low on Sat Oct 8 11:52:02 2016
    On Friday, August 28, 1998 at 1:00:00 AM UTC-6, Addison Low wrote:
    i faced the same problem with my two timex ironman watches. one a 50
    lap the other a 100 lap. both had problems similar to yours. my 50 lap
    is not usuable anymore. after the battery change, water seems to be
    able to sip inside the lcd display thereby permanently damaging the
    watch. as for the 100 lap, there is no sound and worse, the function
    buttons are sometimes, not be able to switch to other modes ..
    looks like timex watches are good for one battery life.
    however, i still think timex watches are cool.

    I agree, only one battery life.
    After battery change /reset some/all buttons would not work.

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  • From ltcooper2001@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Wed Dec 16 16:17:01 2015
    My Timex watch lost its glow and beep when a jeweller replaced the battery. I am really disappointed. What do I do.

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  • From williambrachoblok@gmail.com@21:1/5 to jbpi...@gmail.com on Wed Feb 15 19:16:28 2017
    On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 4:17:07 AM UTC-5, jbpi...@gmail.com wrote:
    Dear friend after much time trying with my ironman timex two things:
    1)if it has spring and you lost it ,you can replace with anything other patend
    metal thing you can imagine (just have to find the place it was sitting
    of course somewhere with metal on the watch near the battery )and to make it contact with the middle back of the cover(buzzer)
    2)if it didnt have spring like mine (150 lap tap screen ) then there is a metal contact near the center of the back watch (around the battery) that has folded
    make sure to rise it so to make contact at the back cover (around the center to find it easy ) so it makes contact with the buzzer witch is sticked always at the back cover of all watch...
    That buzzer that makes all the sounds needs to thing :
    1)a possitive at the center
    and 2 a negative around the center
    2 contacts..
    Try it and you will find it and be very proud and save money.

    Thank you so much for this post! I realized my watch had a place to put a spring so that it makes contact with the back of the case. Now my watch chimes again!

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  • From foggybeach@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Mar 30 14:58:07 2017
    This is a common problem and Timex is quite aware of it. I had this with an earlier version of the watch years ago.

    I managed to fix it with moving the stickers, pins, springs around. A big bother. This could be engineered to make battery replacement easier.

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  • From lacha22@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon May 1 13:05:48 2017
    I had the same problem because I forgot to put on the paper like round surface when I changed battery. I fixed it thank you.

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  • From skyking36@yahoo.com@21:1/5 to laurals...@gmail.com on Sat May 27 16:05:03 2017
    On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:39:35 PM UTC-4, laurals...@gmail.com wrote:
    OMG! Tried this and IT ACTUALLY FIXED THE PROBLEM!!!. Watch didn't beep. Turned the back around and now it beeps. Seriously, who knew?

    I did the same and now my watch beeper is now again working thanks!!!!

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  • From Rednag@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Sun Jul 9 15:23:37 2017
    The disk on the inside of the back is the piezo-elecric tweeter (beep).
    There are two vertical springs from the movement, one of which needs to contact the piezo and the other the inside back.
    If one or the other doesn't make contact it won't sound.


    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 2:00:00 AM UTC-5, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

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  • From tiredandwired1@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Sun Oct 22 10:59:01 2017
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 2:00:00 AM UTC-5, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    Check the plate on the back--it may be upside down, in which case it will not beep.

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  • From dvdfrnzwbr@aol.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 4 22:07:04 2018
    I have a woman's timex ironman watch that needed a plastic sticker/ disk the diameter of the battery to go on the back of the battery assembly and underneath an extended hook in a copper wire spring to divide it from the battery, or it wouldn't make the
    right connection with the back of the watch to beep.

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  • From dvdfrnzwbr@aol.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 4 22:04:43 2018
    I have a woman's timex ironman watch that needed a plastic sticker/ disk the diameter of the battery to go on the back of the battery assembly and underneath an extended hook in a copper wire spring to divide it from the battery, or it wouldn't make the
    right connection with the back of the watch to beep.


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  • From dvdfrnzwbr@aol.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Thu Jan 4 22:08:40 2018
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    I have a woman's timex ironman watch that needed a plastic sticker/ disk the diameter of the battery to go on the back of the battery assembly and underneath an extended hook in a copper wire spring to divide it from the battery, or it wouldn't make the
    right connection with the back of the watch to beep.

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  • From boxfourspam@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Mon Feb 5 14:59:04 2018
    Great posts and info. Secret I discovered is that it's a combo of how case back is oriented AND that damn sticker over the battery.

    Turns out that's the secret. If case is screwed down tight and there's no sticker, the piezo/beeper squashes down onto the metal sheet surrounding the springs and it causes the beeper/piezo to either beep feeble or not beep at all.

    That's when I discovered I'd removed the sticker and it wasn't in the watch anymore. I put the sticker back in, made sure not to cover the springs, but I DID cover the metal near the springs (on the watch unit itself).

    If you put the sticker in there and cover a bit of that metal, but not the springs, it beeps, and I found it made the beep louder. Probably because the piezo beeper was no longer being squashed down onto the metal of the watch unit.

    Hope that helps.

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  • From tpdevries11@gmail.com@21:1/5 to deidrean...@gmail.com on Mon Mar 26 13:21:56 2018
    On Friday, December 26, 2014 at 8:53:24 AM UTC-5, deidrean...@gmail.com wrote:
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 4:29:36 PM UTC-4, mccluske...@gmail.com wrote:
    The case back is on upside down.

    You're brilliant. When I saw your answer, I checked the case back and it was indeed upside down. I was able to change it to right side up and it beeped!! Thank you!

    same here- case back was upside down.
    thanks

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  • From scottskerstetter@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Tue Apr 17 19:06:43 2018
    Can you replace the sticker somehow? I tossed mine.

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  • From baxteruknowidontspeakspanish@gmail.@21:1/5 to All on Thu May 17 11:42:58 2018
    Thank you for posting this. It is exactly what was needed on mine. Works great again.

    Just a heads up to others: I've owned 4 Timex Ironman watches and all of them survived battery changes very well. My first one survived so well that I finally had to replace it after the plastic straps fell apart. The watch itself still worked. The
    is the first time that I had a problem with a battery change as I had someone else do it quickly. (I will do it myself next time 'cause then I pay really close attention to how everything is positioned.) I lost the alarm sound (learned that the hard
    way) and keystroke sound as well as the ability to strike it to get features like chrono to start. By making sure that clip was on top of the battery, I gained all of those features back again. Phew.

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  • From wayne.hamilton1@gmail.com@21:1/5 to mccluske...@gmail.com on Mon May 21 16:56:14 2018
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 3:29:36 PM UTC-5, mccluske...@gmail.com wrote:
    The case back is on upside down.

    This solved my sound problem---turned case back 180 degrees---and it makes the "beep" again. Thanks, W.

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  • From laregrodzicki@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jul 5 17:02:19 2018
    +1 for changing the back 180 degrees. We now have beep, bop, boop!

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  • From shalemeyer@yahoo.com@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 15 17:55:03 2018
    You’re brilliant. The back was, in fact, on upside down. My Timex lives on... fabulous watch I have had for probably 15 years.

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 4 14:52:04 2018
    This is my 3rd iron man and I performed battery replacements on all 3 and this one has my 2nd battery replacement and until this time my watch performed perfectly and now it's no beeps/chimes.

    Timex is starting to realize that the iron man is a prime seller so they just make them as disposable as most other digital devices...

    JUST KEEP BUYING THEM and dispose of them when they wear it out...

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  • From donnasgould@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Thu Aug 9 08:57:28 2018
    On Sunday, 23 August 1998 08:00:00 UTC+1, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    Many thanks to all those that said it was the back plate the wrong way round. Turned it around so that the inside disc was making contact with the brass spring and...Hey Presto, Sound again

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 11 12:56:20 2018
    I'm on my second ironman (triathlon both) in around 20 years. I change batteries on average every 2 years. My current iron man just had it's second change and this is the first time the piezoelectric speaker has ever failed me. I hadn't disturbed the
    speaker/sticker however the thin sticker covering the battery was removed and replaced.

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 11 13:07:04 2018
    Oh and I cleaned the surfaces and the seals and with them properly seated the speaker is fine...

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 11 13:20:12 2018
    The problem is likely the surfaces and o-ring seal are not clean and properly seated.

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 11 13:17:19 2018
    Reseat it all properl when you get it back together. Clean the seal too.

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  • From usmcpapoo@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 11 13:21:23 2018
    And the real headache is getting the darn band reattached...

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  • From Greg Winston@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Wed Aug 22 08:15:25 2018
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    There is a disk on the caseback which is what beeps. Try rotating the caseback 180 degrees. It worked for me.

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  • From easleymail@gmail.com@21:1/5 to mccluske...@gmail.com on Wed Sep 19 15:39:28 2018
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 4:29:36 PM UTC-4, mccluske...@gmail.com wrote:
    The case back is on upside down.

    Yup. Fixed the problem.

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  • From m.griffin239@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu Sep 20 15:50:45 2018
    I turned my caseback 180 degrees, pushed reset across a split piece of copper in the reset hole, set times 1, 2 & 3, turned beep and chime off and on. In the end I found my time set to a.m. on Time 1, and my alarm set to p.m. I corrected both to match as
    p.m. After 5 or 6 tries, everything works on my watch. Thank you.

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  • From harve350@umn.edu@21:1/5 to All on Tue Oct 2 21:09:54 2018
    Same

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  • From noscgag@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Tue Oct 16 07:30:22 2018
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew

    In my case, I put everything back together correctly (case back oriented the right direction, the disk on top of the battery but under the clamp) and the beeper didn't work. I found that the sound would stop when a certain amount of pressure was exerted
    on the case back (the easiest way I found to check this is to set the timer to one second with Repeat at End, which causes the watch to beep once a second). I removed the disk on top of the battery so there would be a little less pressure on the beeper,
    and it started working again, even with the screws tightened normally.

    I'm guessing that the new battery (a name brand, not a knock-off) is slightly thicker than the old one, which puts too much pressure on the sound disk on the case back.

    The disk I removed has the text "AFTER BATTERY INSERTION SHORT AC PAD & BATTERY (+) TO RESET". I couldn't find anything labeled "AC", but the watch works fine anyway.

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  • From bcurrivan@gmail.com@21:1/5 to bcur...@gmail.com on Tue May 14 14:52:05 2019
    On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 2:46:03 PM UTC-7, bcur...@gmail.com wrote:
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    Thanks to mccluske! My goal was to remove the beeper since I was told it annoyed people around me when I switched between watch modes and it beeped. Turning the back plate upside down did the trick without having to remove any parts or cut any
    connections inside the watch. Great!

    Update: It still beeps but very softly, probably good enough for my purposes!

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  • From bcurrivan@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Tue May 14 14:46:01 2019
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 12:00:00 AM UTC-7, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    Thanks to mccluske! My goal was to remove the beeper since I was told it annoyed people around me when I switched between watch modes and it beeped. Turning the back plate upside down did the trick without having to remove any parts or cut any
    connections inside the watch. Great!

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  • From photographybysolano@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Thu May 30 21:40:39 2019
    It worked, just as you said! Thanks!!

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  • From davidtrono@gmail.com@21:1/5 to scottske...@gmail.com on Wed Jan 15 20:02:01 2020
    On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:06:44 PM UTC-5, scottske...@gmail.com wrote:
    Can you replace the sticker somehow? I tossed mine.

    scotch tape works like the original and the beep will return

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  • From davidtrono@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Wed Jan 15 19:58:52 2020
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 2:00:00 AM UTC-5, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    when I changed the battery same problem occurred. I removed the cover and placed a piece or ordinary scotch tape over the battery/clip holder and the beep returned. Make sure that beep is in "on" mode when resetting the time. I remember discarding a
    sticky tape label that was in place which I discarded when I changed the battery the first time. I had another casio watch which has a piece of tape over the battery and when I removed it the beep disappeared and when put back in place the beep returned.

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  • From davidtrono@gmail.com@21:1/5 to scottske...@gmail.com on Wed Jan 15 20:04:33 2020
    On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:06:44 PM UTC-5, scottske...@gmail.com wrote:
    Can you replace the sticker somehow? I tossed mine.

    scotch tape works, cover the battery

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  • From store189office@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Sun Feb 16 07:40:04 2020
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 1:00:00 AM UTC-6, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?

    Thanks
    Andrew
    andrewf@uk.ibm.com

    Turn your back cover around 180 degs.. tiny little springs vibrate against the back of the plate.

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  • From dolinbenton@gmail.com@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 31 16:00:04 2020
    Me too

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  • From dhuling@leadps.org@21:1/5 to All on Sat May 30 18:41:13 2020
    This guy is right!!!!! This is the reason. It just happened to me and I flipped it. Alarm worked again.

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  • From MM@21:1/5 to Andrew Forth on Fri Jun 25 15:37:13 2021
    Flipping the caseback (back cover of watch) correctly will fix the problem. I had the same happen to mine.

    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?
    Thanks
    Andrew
    and...@uk.ibm.com

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  • From Clay Douglas@21:1/5 to All on Wed Dec 8 22:03:12 2021
    On Friday, June 25, 2021 at 4:37:14 PM UTC-6, MM wrote:
    Flipping the caseback (back cover of watch) correctly will fix the problem. I had the same happen to mine.
    On Sunday, August 23, 1998 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, Andrew Forth wrote:
    I just changed the battery on my Timex Ironman (which is 2 years + old)
    and
    now it makes no sound (no timer beep, no alarm beep, no beeps at all).
    I was wondering if anyone else had had the same problem and if there is
    a simple or cheap fix for this ?
    Thanks
    Andrew
    and...@uk.ibm.com
    Thanks to everyone for posting this. So simple it so obscure.

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  • From ron lindner@21:1/5 to All on Tue Dec 28 20:02:25 2021
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 1:29:36 PM UTC-7, > The case back is on upside down.
    I found this thread due to my expedition not beeping after battery change. My back was on upside down, switched that and all is well.

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  • From Joshua Jacob@21:1/5 to ron lindner on Sat Feb 19 08:27:41 2022
    On Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 8:02:26 PM UTC-8, ron lindner wrote:
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 1:29:36 PM UTC-7, > The case back is on upside down.
    I found this thread due to my expedition not beeping after battery change. My back was on upside down, switched that and all is well.

    Other than flipping the cover (some of them are symmetrical and easily put on upside down and some are not) the other reason I have found is that some of them use a tiny spring to provide the electrical connection between the watch circuit board and the
    speaker glued to the back cover. My spring was not connected in any way, it just sits in a little recess and if fell out when I turned the body upside down.

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  • From Paul Victor@21:1/5 to Joshua Jacob on Tue Apr 19 12:40:34 2022
    On Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 8:27:43 AM UTC-8, Joshua Jacob wrote:
    On Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 8:02:26 PM UTC-8, ron lindner wrote:
    On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 1:29:36 PM UTC-7, > The case back is on upside down.
    I found this thread due to my expedition not beeping after battery change. My back was on upside down, switched that and all is well.
    Other than flipping the cover (some of them are symmetrical and easily put on upside down and some are not) the other reason I have found is that some of them use a tiny spring to provide the electrical connection between the watch circuit board and
    the speaker glued to the back cover. My spring was not connected in any way, it just sits in a little recess and if fell out when I turned the body upside down.
    When I replaced my battery and the display worked as expected however the alarm was very faint. I did not have this faint alarm prior to changing the battery. I disassembled the watch and performed the reset and also clean the inside of the battery
    case however those actions did not make a difference in the alarm volume. I checked both springs are properly attached and making good contact with the case.

    I have yet to find a solution. Any suggestions?

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