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TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post05 Dec 2013, 21:33

Ive not seen this watch before. Im pretty certain its a DSM but has unusual batteries to even start seeing whether it works I need to source some batteries or an alternative. Here are some photos. Quite an exciting find I think, even if it doesnt work. I wonder if its where Seiko got the Timetron name from?

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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post05 Dec 2013, 22:01

It appears to be a stack of seven or eight button cell batteries in series (386's?) can you not just replicate what is already there? Maybe even reuse the original tube?
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Post05 Dec 2013, 22:25

tomorrow I will try. I saw it on Peter Doensens site. Is that where you saw it bucko? I dont expect it to work but its good fun. Its all held together with silicon


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Post05 Dec 2013, 22:46

DWL wrote:tomorrow I will try. I saw it on Peter Doensens site. Is that where you saw it bucko? I dont expect it to work but its good fun. Its all held together with silicon
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No I have only seen your photo's on this thread - looks cool though, I hope that you can get it to work, which one is Peter Doensen's site?
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Post05 Dec 2013, 23:11

No photo just a mention of the model

type 'timetron dsm'

Its a great design it reminds me of my favourite Casiotron. Unfortunately only made for ladies. I would kill for a mans version

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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post06 Dec 2013, 00:19

Nice find Adam, never seen a battery stack like that in a watch before, good luck with it!
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Post06 Dec 2013, 08:48

Adam,

Love the styling! Awesome find. Very cool (as is almost anything 70s with the word "Tron" in the name).

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Post06 Dec 2013, 09:22

8 cells = about 12 volts so probably had an electronic lighter battery in it- try an A27 (LR926, MN27, EL812) which measures about 26mm by 7mm or an E23A (LRV08, MN21, A23) which measures about 26mm by 9mm. Cheapest place to buy these is Poundland who will sell you a small selction card of 1*A27, 2*E23 and 2*N cells for £1 (and they are fairly good quality!).
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Post06 Dec 2013, 11:13

incredible piece...never seen before...i will be a happy camper as metal 3d printer are getting common use :-D ...

btw how big is it?
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Post06 Dec 2013, 11:20

you'd love it even more Kasper as its not that big.

Measure width 33mm height 39mm


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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post06 Dec 2013, 20:37

Well progress

Thanks to Tom for the poundland link. I found some batteries. I had to remove the hard rubber and put some pare bend to stop it shorting but it does fit.

And I have life, well digits anyway. I have seen a colon and at present it says 10 past 1 with no colon. There is no movement from the watch yet but i'll leave it for a while and see what happens.

The display looks very similar to the Gladius I have.

Any ideas on how to get the heart pumping greatly appreciated.


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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post06 Dec 2013, 21:12

It actually started working for a while with flashing colon and minute increment so it might just be a power issue. It had a lot of corrosion on the battery terminals.

As it has no buttons how are you meant to change the time?

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Post06 Dec 2013, 22:18

yeah, thats a real beauty...that one is going in my personal top 10. Give me a call if you want to sell it :-)) :dwf:

that one looks similar but has 2 buttons
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Post06 Dec 2013, 23:32

What a cool DSM! I guess that the module might've been probably made by Ness, as the display looks very similar to the one of your Gladius DSM, which uses a Ness module. Maybe the setting was done with a magnet, like the ladies version of Microma LCDs. :-)

EDIT: It seems that it has a reed switch, judging by this picture:

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So I guess that there are two reed switches at each side of the watch, which makes me think it's a magnet-set model.
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Post06 Dec 2013, 23:34

DWL wrote:..............As it has no buttons how are you meant to change the time?


Hmmm good question, could the watch be a prototype?
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Post06 Dec 2013, 23:39

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DWL wrote:..............As it has no buttons how are you meant to change the time?


Hmmm good question, could the watch be a prototype?


Perhaps it might be an impression of mine, but it seems that there's a reed switch under the quartz tube, on the left. I guess that it might be a magnet-set module. ;-)
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Post06 Dec 2013, 23:43

Yes I spotted that - after I posted ~:(

I didn't know that they even made a magnet set LCD watch..... Wow the watch just keeps getting cooler 8-)
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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post07 Dec 2013, 05:47

Love that watch Adam :mrgreen:
The only non Optel/Microma DSM watches I've seen are this Timetron and your Gladius.......and you own both of them !

You'll have to share your secret with us.
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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post11 Dec 2013, 11:17

Great catch Adam!!!So damn 70's
I'm dreaming a dsm watch :roll:
Some watches are made to last only as long as they are fashionable
Some watches, simply are not made to last
Seiko watches are designed to withstand the ravages of both time and fashion
Someday perhaps, all watches will be made this way
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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post11 Dec 2013, 11:24

Unfortunately still hasn't moved again(worked for about 3 minutes) and the first digits are missing. Still shows fixed number.


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Post11 Dec 2013, 18:41

lick it, smile to it...water it..put it between your wife tits....damn, do something to revive it M:)W:)M :dwf:
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Re: TIMETRON DSM batteries help!

Post07 Jan 2014, 09:32

According to the Doensen website http://doensen.home.xs4all.nl/l1.html Timetron was a Hong Kong product released in 1973 containing a Microma module - so maybe thats what a (semi) live Microma DSM looks like!

It might also be similar to the last watch in the first photo here http://ledwatch.w.interia.pl/popularscience1972nov2.jpg
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