A couple of weeks ahead of my planned dive trip, I did the right thing and checked my Suunto dive computer wrist watch. A good thing I did as the battery indicator pointed to low. I promptly placed an online order for a battery replacement kit. Upon its arrival I swapped the battery and set up the correct date and time.
The morning of my departure I picked up the watch to wear (it is not used other than for dive excursions,) and immediately noticed that the time was off; the watch reset itself. Muttering the F word, I thought that possibly I managed to mess up something while working on the watch, and now a loose contact somewhere is causing a reset. About to head to the airport in a couple of hours and still not completely packed, I found myself unhappy with the added time crunch. Yet, I set up to rework the settings as I didn’t want any surprises once arriving at my destination.
Upon closer examination I detected the culprit – when previously placing the battery compartment cover back in place, I did not seal it correctly. The unsecured cover loosened up a touch and caused the reset.
Now, imagine this: if the watch did not reset as it did, I would not have noticed all this and would have gone diving with the battery compartment unsealed. That, of course, would have caused the dive computer to flood with sea water, bringing complete demise to an expensive and critical piece of equipment.
Thus, on second thought, I became thankful for the reset.
I can swear I heard that old Zen Master saying “we shall see,” yet again…
Learned from: a dive watch reset