On this page I discuss faults, on the next page I discuss Chronosplit GMT repairs.
The Calibre 104/107 Chronosplit like its predecessor employs the use of open wire bonds and IC technology on the top LCD module. This again exposes the module to the same problems as the calibre 102 module such as battery corrosion, short circuits, wire-bond damage & IC lift due to silver epoxy failure. On a positive note the lower analogue display generally is relatively reliable and uses a sealed IC design in both the Manhattan and Senator models.
Problems can manifest themselves as missing display segments, dead digits, erratic functionality or complete module failure.
To save space on the diminutive upper LCD display Heuer embedded a single IC between the display and the PCB, this provides some protection from external influences, however if the battery leak there is a very high chance of failure.
Great caution has to be exercised when removing the display as it is very easy to damage the wire bonds beneath. Please see Fig.2
Another common problem with the Heuer Chronosplit Manhattan is LCD failure, LCD failure is normally recognisable as black "bleed" marks or the display going completely black. To solve this problem Rawsar have re-manufactured the original LCD displays which are an exact drop in replacement for the original Heuer LCD panel. Fig -1
The bottom analogue Citizen/ESA display is generally reliable and when it does fail it can sometimes be repaired by careful disassembly and cleaning.
Fig. 1 - A repaired cal 104 module fitted with a new Rawsar LCD panel and zebra conductive strips
Fig. 2 - Upper Heuer Cal 107 LCD display module with LCD display removed.
Fig. 3 - Upper Heuer Cal 107 LCD display module rear view.
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