(please don't send a text, as I don't often check these but always return calls/emails)
recommended by many.
Please do not send any boxes which you want to keep...Accutron boxes or otherwise.
Please do not send any boxes which you want back as I do not keep them for return.
Frequently Asked Questions
Repair, Spaceview Repair, Astronaut Accutron Repair, and
Restoration for your cherished Accutron, Accutron Spaceview
and Accutron Astronaut Watches (fees listed near bottom, click here)
There's a reason why some Accutron repairers don't list their prices. Once you have their estimate in hand I promise you'll know why but you will already have spent money on their diagnosis fee when you realize that $600 to $1200 or more is far too much to spend on your Accutron's repair since most can be accomplished with a standard $210 service for 214 and $245 for 218 models. I do not charge a diagnosis fee as a competitor does. It only takes a couple of minutes to determine what is needed. My client base currently includes 18 countries and every state in the U.S. When another site gives you a price for service, you will find out when you try them that that service fee is only the tip of the iceberg. They will give you a list of parts needing to be replaced getting you up quite high on repair costs. And when they say they purchased all of Bulova's Accutron parts, it isn't true because I know the gentleman who did years ago before passing. He was known as the Accutron Man. Also, when they say they don't charge a fee for restoration of case components like the case back, battery hatch or crown, it isn't true either because they build that into the overall cost of the repair and that's why their quotes always end up being in the $1000 plus range. I've seen many quotes they had given in writing to customers who didn't want to pay that much who then sent their Accutron to me for repair. Here's a copy of one of their estimates...something you wouldn't want to see...an $1800 repair...Seriously, $16 for a screw and $485 for a coil?
And when they say they are recommended by Bulova for Accutron repairs, that isn't true either. See for yourself. Give Bulova a call and you will discover that they recommend me.
Here's Bulova's repair department's phone number...800-233-3350.
Feel free to call or
email. Sometimes, depending on how many Accutrons are currently in for repair,
it may take me a day or two to reply but I will always get back to
"That smoothly sweeping, sinusoidally driven, second sweep hand evokes a measure of tranquility in my soul - We may measure time in chunks but time is a continuum from eternity to eternity" - "Buy Original Bulova Accutron" - CarltonS
If you would like to contact me directly about Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair, or Astronaut Accutron Repair, please send an email to: email@example.com, or call 309.287.2627. Don't feel as if you must talk to me before I do a repair. You can save yourself some time just by shipping it and I recommend US Priority. I go to my p.o. every Friday, check packages in over the weekend and will report back the following Monday.
If you call, I won't be able to return your call until after 4pm Central and possibly a day later as I'm constantly glued to my bench. I would be happy to help you with your Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair or Astronaut Accutron Repair. I'm very busy with repairs and try to keep up with phone and email messages, so if you don't get me right away with one method be sure to try another. I'll always get back to you as quickly as possible. I receive a lot of voicemails and emails so getting back immediately can be difficult, but I promise if you can be patient I will get back to you. Please don't leave messages over the weekend as I do not answer my phone then, but be assured I'll get back to you Monday through Friday.
If you've shipped me an Accutron for repair and I have tried to contact you via email and telephone, and you do not respond to me I'll have no alternative but to put your accutron into my parts bin after 6 months time. So, please by sure to keep in touch. I probably have 25 here now, sitting in a box, which have been here as long as 2 years because I haven't been able to contact their owners.
Have a look at this recent repair. It belonged to Dr. Ralph A. Alpher (photo below), recipient of The National Medal of Science Award, presented by the President George W. Bush, "For his unprecedented work in the areas of nucleosynthesis, for the prediction that universe expansion leaves behind background radiation, and for providing the model for the Big Bang Theory."--2005, George W. Bush. Please click this link for more information regarding Dr. Alpher.
Copyright (c) Victor S. Alpher, Ph.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which battery? An accutron 214 needs a 387s battery or a 394 with a reused plastic ring from the old battery for a 394. A 218 requires a 344 or 350 battery. Occasionally, the existing combination of pawl, fork, index wheel and coil will not allow an accutron to run slower with today's higher voltage 1.55v batteries. If that is the case, short of swapping parts while looking for a winning combinations (forks were oftentimes modified back in the day by removing metal material at their base) an easy solution might be to use an Accucell battery to reduce the voltage by .2v.
Directly from Bulova� on their web site, about Accutron # 214 battery problems: "Silver oxide cells are 1.55 volts, compared to mercury's 1.35 volts. The use of this slightly higher voltage cell will not affect the performance of a correctly adjusted Accutron. If the watch does not operate properly with a 1.55 volt substitute, the fault is either an incorrect adjustment of the movement, or worn parts in the movement. USING A 1.55V (Replacement) CELL WILL NOT CAUSE ANY DAMAGE TO THE MOVEMENT."
Why does my Accutron run fast? A fast running accutron needs to be rephased to accommodate today's higher voltage batteries. Additional resistors do not need to be added to the movement. Occasionally, a movement can not be adjusted to run more slowly in which case an accucell battery will need to be used for a lower voltage but most will run reliably with today's 1.55v batteries. A little known fact, Accutrons were designed to accommodate 1.8v at the factory, so 1.55v is fine in a clean movement.
How often should an Accutron be serviced? I recommend treating it like a Rolex and have it serviced once every 5 years.
Are Accutrons reliable? Yes. In fact, I wear one every day.
Is there a cooler watch than an Accutron? Absolutely not!
Are Accutrons waterproof? They are water-resistant, but I prefer not taking a chance as the parts can be harder to find for replacement nowadays and submerging an Accutron is never a good idea. Washing hands or an occasional rain drop is fine.
Can I tune my guitar with my Accutron? Yes, it hums at F sharp.
how fast can you repair my
Accutron, Accutron Spaceview Repair, Astronaut Accutron Repair and/or Accutron
Restoration turnarounds are 6 -7 weeks. Please feel free to call if you have
Is my watch insured?
It is insured for
as much as you would like to have it insured for when you ship it to me. When I
ship it back it is also insured for its replacement value. I receive packages
at my P.O. box because it's the safest place to receive a package and requires
me to sign for every watch received so that we both have a tracking record.
What type of formal training
have you had as a watch repairer? As of 2014, I've had 25 years of hands-on Accutron repair experience. I started out slowly and now repair 10 to 12 Accutrons per week for
customers from around the world. I am a member of the NAWCC (National
Association of Watch and Clock Collectors). All that means to you, though, is
that I know a lot of watch and clock people and I get a lot of magazines. I fix
one kind of watch and one kind only...ACCUTRONS. That's my specialty and I have
little interest in muddying the waters by working on any other type of watch. I
consider myself an Accutron expert so you can take comfort in the fact that
your cherished Accutron will be in the hands of a bonafide Accutron
aficionado/nut and the repairs are my paramount interest. Really, would you
rather have a real Accutrons expert working on your cherished timepiece or
someone whose experience can only partially be attributed to Accutrons when
most of their bench time has been spent working on mechanical watches? I'm not
formally trained. So very few people are nowadays. Those that claim to be
formally trained aren't because there hasn't been a formal Accutron training
school for many, many years. They may be trained but not with Accutrons. My
training comes from hands on experience with over four thousand Accutrons since
I've been repairing them as a service. The things I've learned about Accutrons
are the tidbits which allow me to perform successful repairs beyond the scope
of a repair manual, so many years later to a model few people have the
understanding to accomplish. That's why so many watch repairers won't touch
them. They truly are an animal unto themselves, beyond the scope of a trained
watch repair person who hasn't spent all of his bench time looking at Accutron
Are there any burglary
protection devices installed to protect my Accutron?
I have video security recording
anyone who steps into my office, whether I am there or not, and am notified
immediately if that were to happen. Not to mention the fact that I'm a good
sized guy, making it extremely difficult for anyone to persuade me to part with
an Accutron in my care.
Why are my prices so reasonable
for repairs and, frankly, so low? Because I do not have a brick and mortar store with high rents
necessitating the need to charge higher prices in order to offset costs, and I
do not have a staff requiring paychecks. Why in the world should you have to pay
more than $210 - $245 to repair an Accutron if parts aren't needed? If you
receive an estimate from another repair facility with numerous parts mentioned
needing to be replaced then you should consider another repairer. I charge for
my single-minded experience and ability with Accutron repair and generally
charge very little more than my cost for most parts if needed. They usually are
not needed. I have all the tools, equipment and experience necessary to get
your Accutron working like a champ once again.
Is there a written repair
warranty? If you
ask for one I will gladly provide it without question. It is easy to know where
you stand after an Accutron repair has been performed by me. Regardless of
cost, I'll always do everything possible to keep an accutron working as it
should. Believe me when I say there is a multitude of conditions to consider
outside of the repair manual when it comes to making an accutron repair and
I'll look at them all. There isn't a better guarantee available. I can tell
you this, I do warranty all repairs for a full year, including parts I replace.
Keep your Accutron clean and service it like a good mechanical watch once every
5 years and it work fine for many years to come. Doing so will reduce greatly
the need for future part replacement.
Repair Services and Fees
I may be a "hobbyist" according to another website but my repair abilities speak for themselves. One day, I'll write the book on Accutrons. I truly love Accutrons and definitely enjoy repairing them. I'm one of the fortunate people who have been afforded the opportunity to turn a hobby into a profession and still like what I do. And if you want case restoration there is an additional fee because there is additional work. Anyone who claims not to charge for restoration work is simply building the labor for restoration into their service fee. My fees are very low compared to theirs and if you get a repair estimate from them in the range of $1000-1400 when standard service from me would cost you, on average, $210 then ask yourself who you would rather have working on your cherished Accutron. I'm confident the thousands of Accutron customers whose Accutrons I have repaired are thankful to have paid only for what was truly needed instead of for parts that didn't need to be replaced at all. Really, parts are rarely needed but when they are I'll let you know first. Unlike some others, I do not charge a "diagnosis" fee and at your request would gladly return any parts which truly needed to be replaced.
After many compliments regarding my Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair, and Astronaut Accutron Repair Service, the Accutron Spaceview and Accutron Astronaut watches in my personal collection, and regarding those Accutron Spaceview and Accutron Astronaut watches I have sold in the past, I've decided to offer the same service to those interested in making their worn and tired Accutron Astronaut and Accutron Spaceview and other Accutron models once again perform and ook as good as they did years ago.
The photos below will give you a very good idea
as to the results that you can expect to see for your Accutron Repair, Accutron
Spaceview Repair, or Astronaut Accutron Repair.
If you choose more than a standard repair, my Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair, and Astronaut Accutron repair services include the removal of scratches from cases and bracelets, polishing of your watch for a beautiful finish, replacement of original vertical case back and circular finishes on battery hatches and crowns, crystal replacement--all restoration--hack spring adjustment to once again stop your sweep during time-setting, movement cleaning/repair, index adjustment (re-phasing) so that it keeps time using readily available 387s or 344 batteries, and hand replacement or hand relumination.
When it is all said and done, depending upon the level of Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair, or Astronaut Accutron Repair or Restoration you prefer, your vintage Accutron, Accutron Spaceview or Accutron Astronaut can be made to look nearly new with a factory-like finish. Send me an email and include your phone number if you would like me to call you to discuss Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair or Astronaut Accutron Repair.
Prices for individual Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair,
Accutron Astronaut Repair and Accutron Restoration
I offer a one-year labor warranty on all repairs, and when they last that long there's no reason to believe that they won't last for another generation with good care.
Please do not send any boxes which you want back as I do not keep them for return. Also, please do not overpackage your Accutron with bundles of tape making it difficult to remove them from packaging. I do have a usual 6 week turnaround once payment is received. Please be sure to include the name of the person I will be communicating with instead of the name of the person making the shipment if it is different. You would be surprised how many of these I receive, making it difficult sometimes to asssociate a particular Accutron with a person calling for status. If at all possible, please include an email address on my mail in form and I'll be able to use that to make sure you get a receipt if payment is by credit card for repair. If you have a solid gold bracelet on your Accutron, if possible I recommend removing it before shipment. Please be sure to clearly write your contact information on the mail in form. You may be able to read your own writing, but please make sure than I can, too. When I return your Accutron, if you have included an email address, you will receive a tracking # once it is shipped back to you.
Accutron case bezel refinishing, $50
Accutron case back refinishing, both circular and vertical graining (includes crown and battery hatch on 214 models), $50
Rotating Accutron Astronaut bezel refinishing, circular (gold or steel), $75
214 Accutron movement cleaning, service/repair and index adjustment, $210 (will fix most Accutron 214 models)
218 and other non-214 model Accutron Movement cleaning, repair and index adjustment, $245 (will fix most Accutron 218 or other models)
Accutron clocks, $275
Bracelet refinishing (includes buckle), $100
Crystal replacement, $40 to $125 (most spaceviews are $50)
Chapter Ring relume, $50
Hand relume, $50
Dial relume, $50
FulFull Full set hand replacement, $50 - $75. Astronaut lumed sweeps, if needed, are $50 individually and will need to be tracked down by me first.
If you would like to contact me directly about Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair, or
Accutron Repair, please send an email to:
call 309.287.2627 and I would be happy to help you with your Accutron Repair,
Accutron Spaceview Repair or Astronaut Accutron Repair.