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Old 24 July 2018, 02:11 AM   #1
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Any suggestion on where/how/if to get this fixed?

Hello everyone! Sadly, my Grandfather passed away a short time ago. He was not a watch enthusiast by TRF standards. However, he was very proud of his one watch and always had it attached to his wrist. In fact, it was my Grandfather that started my passion in horology and watch collecting.

I found out that he left me his watch. I am both touched and honored that he remembered me in this way. Unfortunately, the watch is not in working condition. I thought it might be a battery issue, but replacing the battery didnít fix the problem.

Obviously, the watch has little to no monetary value. That said, due to itís relationship to my Grandfatherís life, I would like to get it running again if at all possible. I can picture it with a new suede or leather strap. And wear it from time to time in his honor.

So, my question to all of you is how (if at all) can it be brought back to good working condition? Obviously, I donít want to put a ton of money into it. But perhaps thereís a middle ground?

Any help would be much appreciated!




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Old 24 July 2018, 03:15 AM   #2
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Could be a component of the circuitry, or just need a cleaning to ensure the connections are secure and the mechanical transition parts are sound and oiled.

Bulova is now owned by Citizen and the old Accutron movements are electronic marvels with a different approach to repair than the skilled mechanical watchmaker may possess.
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Old 24 July 2018, 11:10 AM   #3
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Could be a component of the circuitry, or just need a cleaning to ensure the connections are secure and the mechanical transition parts are sound and oiled.

Bulova is now owned by Citizen and the old Accutron movements are electronic marvels with a different approach to repair than the skilled mechanical watchmaker may possess.


Thanks for your insight. Do you think working back through Citizen would be the way to go? I've also been able to source another exact piece on eBay. Supposedly in good working order. Do you think the 'guts' can be taken out of the working watch and placed into my grandfathers?

Most importantly....anyone can feel free to tell me to just give up the mission if you think it simply just isn't going to be worth it.


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Old 24 July 2018, 11:45 AM   #4
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I had my grandfather's 70's era Omega seamaster quartz repaired as a gift for my dad on father's day. My grandpa wore it every day swimming at the pool in his condominium complex. With a pull out crown, as you can imagine, there was some water damage. The dial was spotted but decent, and the hands virtually pristine. My watch maker had to replace the movement with a working engine from Omega. I'm not sure if it was NOS or from a donor. Glass was replaced and case left untouched. My father never wore a watch before from what I recall, but every time we go out to dinner I see him rockin' it. I won't say the service was cheap, but it was worth it to me.
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Old 24 July 2018, 03:29 PM   #5
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Old 24 July 2018, 07:24 PM   #6
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Those are pretty difficult and the watchmaker needs to really know what he is doing.
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Old 24 July 2018, 07:52 PM   #7
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that is the ACCUTRON movement. you have to get someone who knows how to work on that movement that is very important. read up on the accutron movement. no regular watch maker will do. i have a 1973 Accutron. what is the letter and number on the back of the watch? if not the back, on the movement?
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Old 25 July 2018, 12:06 AM   #8
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By coincidence, I'm wearing an Accutron 218 today. As others have posted, they are tricky to work on with some extremely delicate and sensitive parts. You do need someone with expertise, but to them I think it would be a routine job.
I bought this watch (and another similar) from an ebay vendor in Bulgaria "anticvarius". I do not know if he also services them for third parties, but he generally has a selection for sale, and he seems to have done a good job on both of the ones he sold me including re-phasing them to work with modern batteries - the original mercury batteries have long since been banned and had different characteristics.
The only other option I know of, is in the UK - http://electric-watches.co.uk/service-and-repair/

They may be an historical oddity, but work extremely well, and I think worth keeping going.

Edit - I think citizen won't want to know - they produce Bulova watches called "accutrons" but it's only the name they have (mis?)used.
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Old 25 July 2018, 01:02 AM   #9
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that is the ACCUTRON movement. you have to get someone who knows how to work on that movement that is very important. read up on the accutron movement. no regular watch maker will do. i have a 1973 Accutron. what is the letter and number on the back of the watch? if not the back, on the movement?


Here is a picture of the back




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Old 25 July 2018, 01:13 AM   #10
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That's an early Accutron - 214 movement.

Date code is for 1969.
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Old 25 July 2018, 02:40 AM   #11
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Look up oldfathertime dot com in North Carolina. Similar to you, I had inherited a Bulova Accutron (my father's 1971 model), and I sent it to him for repair. It was expensive- more than the watch was worth- but worth it to me for sentimental value. He did a really good job and it runs fine now. Battery lasts about a year- I've changed it twice since repair.
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Old 25 July 2018, 02:29 PM   #12
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Have worked on hundreds of 214 and 218 accutrons and have hundreds of parts in stock sent it on down Rik
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