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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 is far too much to spend on your Accutron's
repair since most can be accomplished with a standard $195 service for 214 and $245 for 218 models. I do not charge a diagnosis fee. My client base currently includes 18 countries and every state in the U.S.
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 you.
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 309.287.2627. If you call, I won't be able to return your call until after 4pm Central as I'm glued to my bench until then. 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 just as quickly as possible. 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.
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.
"Winston Churchill once quipped :'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' I have read with sadness and dismay the negative rant of a customer of Bob Piker's regarding Bob's skills and abilities. May I relate my experiences with Bob Piker over these last three years. I found Bob's web site while searching for an Accutron technician to repair my 1971 Spaceview. As it turned out the problem was minor, The watch was fixed and returned promptly. A few months later I purchased an Accutron Spaceview on eBay...a watch best described as a total wreck! Having perused Bob's web site I knew he offered restoration services for these watches. I was almost apologetic in sending Bob the watch. After he received the watch he e-mailed a detailed cost estimate and his assurance that the watch could be restored. The results were spectacular! I sent him a lump of coal and he returned a diamond. Since that initial restoration, I have sent Bob a total of 10 Accutrons for either service and/or restoration. Without fail Bob had met and exceeded my highest expectations. His charges are reasonable, communication timely and informative, and quality of work simply amazing. If you have any doubts as to Bob Piker's abilities or capabilities, rest assured that your treasured Bulova Accutron will be in the best of hands."--Carl, West Cost of Florida
"Thank you very much for repairing my 1961 Gold Alpha Accutron spaceview, it is now keeping very very accurate time. Bob you have always been a pleasure to work with and you have always been very reasonably priced. I would also like to mention the wonderful job you did on my 1960 gold TV model 521 art deco accutron, this watch has been running perfectly since being cleaned and adjusted by my friend Bob Piker. Based on my experience with Accutron 214 model watches if you need service you should contact Bob Piker at mybob.net. There is no substitute for Bob's high level of service and commitment."--Dave, Arlington, VA
"Hey Bob. Thank you very much for making the Accutron right for me. I am very pleased and am wearing it now. You are a gentleman and a scholar!!!" Best, Michael, South Dartmouth, MA
"Good afternoon Bob. I just wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did on this watch. I wasn't alive for the Accutron era, but hearing this watch hum like it did in 1969 really evokes the magic of the Space Age. This is actually my first "real" watch, so thank you for making this all possible. I would gladly recommend your services to anyone."--DeWayne, Ham Lake, MN
"Dear Bob. Just wanted to write and thank you for repairing my watch. I received the watch from my wife on our 1st. year wedding anniversary. Next year we will celebrate our 50th year anniversary. I have worm the watch almost ever day after the 1st. year. When it stopped running, I felt as if I has lost an old friend and wasn't sure if it could be repaired. I found you through a web search and decided to take a chance and send it to you. I know that you have worked on the watch many many time. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated you efforts and expertise. I am now wearing the watch again after receiving it yesterday in the mail. You efforts have not gone unnoticed."--Gerald, Allen, TX
"This is an unqualified recommendation from a repeat customer. Bob's work was timely, fairly priced, and he kept me up-to-date. He has my unqualified recommendation."--Lawrence R., New York City
"Hi Bob. Many watches will have crossed your threshold coming and going since my Dad's Accutron left your immensely skilled hands and most conscientious care, but I wanted to give you an End of The Journey story and photo; I printed out a copy of the "Humdinger of a Watch" article from your website, and put it in a report folder. I wrapped the watch separately in a small box, placed the article on top and wrapped both in a larger box. Dad started out reading the article....he said it occurred to him around page 3 that HIS watch was probably in that smaller package. He read everything carefully before opening that little box. It was one of those eye-glistening, lump-in-throat moments. He was speechless for a bit (That is a rarity for my Dad). And MY gift was watching his surprise and pleasure. Thanks Again, Bob.....keep things HUMMING...keep sharing your skill and care...and creating similar moment of uncomplicated delight. I leave you with this image, Of Man and Accutron Happily Reunited!"--Nyla, St. Charles, IL
"On June 6 1971 my parents gave me an Accutron Spaceview watch for my college graduation. I was thrilled but after a few weeks it stopped working. I took it to the jewelry store where it had been purchased and over the course of a year was repaired several times but it never worked more than a week at a time. Over the years I attempted to find someone who could fix it but eventually gave up. About 5 years ago I found a jewelry store near where I lived and they had an elderly watch repair man who said he could fix it. His repair lasted one day and I took it back. He fixed it again but it gained about 10 minutes per hour so I took it back again. After 8 months he called and said it was ready but it only ran a few then stopped so back into the drawer it went. Last year I was looking online to see if there was anyone who might buy it in a non-working condition and discovered Bob Pikerís web site advertizing Accutron repairs. Bob identified the faulty component and it has worked perfectly and keeps accurate time. Knowing my situation Bob could have told me it was not reparable, bought it for a small fee and then sold it on his web site but he is completely honest. This is an unsolicited testimony and I highly recommend Bob Pikerís services to anyone." Dave, Gulf Shores, AL
"Thanks again for your work and your patience with me bugging you. My watch shop told me that they may have more watches to send your way, I hope they do. Itís been a pleasure to work with you. I canít wait to show this to the family. They will be pleasantly surprised. Best to you and your family and happy holidays!"--Matt, Evansville, IN
ďSeems like most decisions are based on whether you just want it done, or do you want it done right? if the latter is your choice, and you have an Accutron, then Bob Piker is the guy for the task. There's a reason he is the only Bulova recommended site! I had 2 accutrons from the 60"s that no longer worked, when he completed the repairs I was truly impressed, so much so that I purchased another that he had for sale. Again a very pleasant and timely experience. Highly recommended.ĒóBrice, Grand Rapids, MI
"The Repair of my '214'. I've owned this watch since I was in the Army but stopped wearing it for, maybe, 20 years. It came to light a few months ago but did not run. Then the fun began. I searched for a 'repair' and was shocked at the 'estimated' costs. Nobody except Bob would quote a repair cost. Oh. I did get some " The estimate will cost you so many hundred if we don't repair it". Somebody said "The average cost will be between five hundred and seven hundred". I was ready to sell it 'as is', then I found Bob. He quoted a price, return shipping and was confident that it could be repaired. I sent it off to him, got a reply and forgot about it. A short time later a box arrived and inside was my '214' keeping time and looking great, oh and a part Bob had to replace was inside. This is the person that I would trust if I was looking for someone to repair this type of watch. Disclaimer; I have no financial interest in nor do I even know Bob other than this transaction. Thanks Bob for great service." Craig--Miami, FL
"Dear Bob. I'm so glad I did my homework and found your business!. Contacting you with regards to a Bulova watch was the best decision I made. Your advice , knowledge, honesty & true professionalism, and previous testimonials, eased my mind sending a valuable 2000 miles. Your restorations are impeccable. You always kept in contact during the whole process, a pleasure to work with, and hope to do business with in the future again."--Kenny, Gilbert, AZ
"Bob, I just recieved the watch. What can I say? Fantastic! It's everything that I hoped it would be. Even the band Is perfect. Thanks for working with me on this...I look forward to doing business with you in the future. How can I leave you a "glowing" review?"--Michael, Gaithersburg, MD
"Bob, Just received and opened your box with the two 214's. Immediate reactions as the awesomeness sinks in...Astronaut 14k = "Holy Smoke" that's one hell of a watch, let alone an accutron. I'm almost humbled in its presence. Love the pale gold sheen - it simply oozes $$$ so much so that I'm nervous to wear the thing. Like walking around with Julia Roberts on your arm, how long will that last! My repaired 18k chapter ring = "Aaaah yes", perfect. Absolutely nothing less than perfect - now basically NOS. The crystal is so clear that it looks like there is no crystal. And what better way to see that sweeping brilliant orange second hand capture the essence of accutrons. Watching time slip by like that, is mesmerizing. I don't know why I waited so long to get her repaired but thanks so much. What more can I say !"--Dave, Hong Kong
"Hello Bob. I just received my repaired Accutron watch. Thank you for restoring it to working order. My watch has tremendous sentimental value and I can now proudly wear it. Your work is outstanding and at a very fair price. You are the best." -- Richard, Birmingham, AL
"Bob, I just wanted to write you and thank you for fixing my Spaceview, it looks fantastic. I didnít know how to post a review on your website, but you can feel free to re-post this if youíd like. People who are considering restoration of these time pieces should feel absolutely confident in your abilities, you did a fantastic job and I thank you so much. I really appreciate that you were also very good about keeping the lines of communication open and holding to your estimates (time and cost). Thanks again Bob, I really appreciate it.--Derek--Wisconsin"
"Dear Bob, I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "Simply put, the best every time, every situation, never a doubt, never ! I was asked to list three attributes, that was the only hard part, is was to hard to pick only three, Bob hits the Bullseye every time."--Mike M.
"Bob, I wanted to let you know that the watch is very beautiful. You did such a great job restoring it. My husband just loves it. Thanks for making this a special Christmas. Your hard work is much appreciated! Thanks again."-- Erin, Christmas 2010
"Bob I wanted to take a minute to say thanks for your professionalism and integrity. Literally the only thing I have left of my grandfather's is his retirement Accutron, which I sent to you with a great deal of hesitation simply because it IS all I have left. The meticulous care and attention to detail which you used to restore it to almost pristine condition is something I don't see much of anymore. I sent you a 40 year old watch which had not run for over 30 years, and you returned not just a beautifully restored watch, but a part of my family's history. Everything from our initial communication to the return packaging was first class. Please accept my gratitude and heartfelt appreciation. Sincerely, Gregg"--Asheville, NC
"I found Bob on the Internet after two years of frustration trying to get my father's Accutron repaired in the Austin, Texas area. Bob's contacts over e-mail and the phone were always rapid and accurate, I would entrust any precious watch to him for repair at any time. As Accutrons require special knowledge and tools, I would always consult Bob before anyone else--and his prices are more than reasonable for these amazing and intriguing timepieces."--Victor S. Alpher, Ph.D.
"Hello, Bob. I received my watch and am extremely happy with it. I wanted to tell you what an excellent job you did with my Spaceview! I knew it would be done very well, but I was actually amazed to see how good it looked and ran. I received this watch when I was seventeen years old for a high school graduation gift in 1967. It has been with me as I traveled over half the world and during most of my life-shaping events. I honestly never thought it could be in this condition again. Thank you very much for your outstanding work!"--Steve, Alabama
"Bob, I wanted you to know that I couldn't be happier with the work you did on my Dad's Spaceview. It sat in a desk drawer for over 20 years and you got it running again flawlessly after a local jeweler said it was hopeless. You've helped preserve a family heirloom that will be passed down to future generations and, for that, I can't thank you enough."--Nick, Kansas
couldn't wait to see the finished work of your efforts to restore my
Accutron. Thee fact that it's working again after many years of setting
in a drawer, relegated to junk and thanks to your talents working once
again is a feat unto itself. It went on my wrist for the last time prior
to presenting it to my grandson on his graduation this weekend. I had a
twinge of nostalgia as I strapped it on, as it was working for the first
time in many years, knowing that my Grandson will appreciate it for many
more years thanks to your expertise and excellence in workmanship that
restored it to the world of time. It's beautiful and all your efforts to
make that happen are deeply appreciated. You certainly are expert at
what you do and I know that your expertise comes from years of
experience in the world of Watch Craft, and I never doubted that for a
moment." -- Stan, New York
"Bob Piker is a
magician when it comes to the repair and restoration on
Accutron watches. I Have an Alpha M1 that was given to me by my
grandfather. It was a watch he used every day. As you can imagine it was
not in the best condition and on top of that it was starting to lose
time more frequently. I sent my watch to Bob for a movement cleaning,
repair and index adjustment, crystal replacement, and the case polished
and the graining restored on the back. I also purchased a "new" old
stock Accutron lizard watch band. When I received the watch back I was
truly amazed at the quality of the work. He took a 48 year old watch and
made it look brand new and it runs perfect now. I would recommend Bob
piker to any one looking to have their Accutron worked on. He not only
delivered a product beyond my expectations but did it in the time frame
that was promised. Bob is a true artist and is the gold standard when it
comes to Accutron watches." -- Michael, California
"Dear Bob, we received the watch Saturday and my wife is thrilled to have it once again. As a musician she appreciates the hum which she says is close to A. You are a very special person and have been very good to us with the two repairs you've done. Your efforts are much appreciated! If I know anyone in need of an Accutron repair I will recommend you without hesitation. My very best to you." -- Lew, New York
"Hello, Bob. My
Accutron Spaceview is now in perfect running order, thanks to you. It not
only runs perfect , but looks like it did 40 years ago. I would refer you
to anyone looking to get the best service on their Accutron in a New York
minute. Bob,thanks again. Great job !" -- Vince, New Jersey
Piker is a skilled Accutron craftsman. What has impressed me about him, is his
persistence in the face of extreme challenges in rebuilding my Mark IV Accutron
Railroad Edition. Mr. Piker also has access to hard to find Accutron parts.
Nowadays it is rare to find an Accutron craftsman of his caliber, with access
to Accutron parts. Mr. Piker is worth a great deal more than the rates that he
charges. You can entrust your Accutron heirloom to Mr. Piker for quality
servicing." -- Robert C. Cassel, Baxter Springs, Kansas
"Hello Bob, I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the watch. It runs just like it did when I received it. You are a man of your word, you delivered on everything you said you would." -- Ron, Illinois
"Dear Robert, just a note to let you know I received my Astronaut Accutron Mark II ...It is working beautifully and looks better than it ever did. And to think I was about to sell it as junk gold. It's nice to again hear that Accutron hum. Again, my thanks."--William, Georgia
"Bob did a super job, timely and professional. He responded quickly and completely to questions, and produced superior work. I am very happy with the work, and the value provided by the cost. Highly recommended."-- Larry R, New York City
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? Most Accutron, Accutron
Spaceview Repair, Astronaut Accutron Repair and/or Accutron Restoration
turnarounds are 6 -7 weeks. Please feel free to call if you have any
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 24 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?
Aside from the fact that
I'm a 20th degree tae-kwon-doe/karate/kung-fu/mixed martial arts/Seinfeld
(thanks, Carl) rerun-watching guru, I have one large dog protecting my repair
desk 9and one small one0 and office at all times. Plus, I have 3 girls that are confirmed black
belts themselves. One even has her second degree...not to mention security
cameras to detect motion with video recording.
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 $195 - $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 $600-1200 when standard service from me would cost you, on average, $195 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 that they won't last for another generation with good care.
Accutron case bezel refinishing, $50
Accutron case back refinishing, both circular and vertical graining (includes crown and battery hatch on 214 models), $50
Accutron Astronaut bezel refinishing, circular (gold or steel), $75
214 Accutron movement cleaning, service/repair and index adjustment, $195 (will fix most Accutrons)
218 and other non-214 model Accutron Movement cleaning, repair and index adjustment, $245
Accutron clocks, $270
Bracelet refinishing (includes buckle), $100
Crystal replacement, $40 to $125 (most spaceviews are $50)
Chapter Ring relume, $50
Hand relume, $50
Hand replacement, $50 - $75
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,
Spaceview Repair or Astronaut Accutron Repair.
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