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Repair, Spaceview Repair, Astronaut Accutron Repair, and
Restoration for your cherished Accutron, Accutron Spaceview
and Accutron Astronaut Watches (fees listed near bottom, click here)
I just talked to a customer who had received a quote for the repair of their gold-filled chapter ring spaceview from another "Accutron repair" site also found online.
After charging him a diagnostic fee (I don't do that) they let him know it would cost over $1800. Evidently, their repair fee was over $350 but the parts they claimed were needed
ratcheted the price so high. I ended up doing the repair once he got his watch back from them and paid their diagnostic fee. With a new crystal, his fee from me ended up being $215.
And he didn't need any of the parts they said were required.
There's a reason why some Accutron repairers don't give a complete list for repair prices. Once you have their estimate in hand you'll know
why but you will already have spent money on their diagnostic fee when you realize that $600 to $1800 is far too much to spend on your Accutron's
repair since most can
be accomplished with a standard $150 service for 214 and $225 for 218 models. My
client base currently includes 20 countries and every state in the U.S.
"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 and I would be happy to help you with your Accutron Repair, Accutron Spaceview Repair or Astronaut Accutron Repair. I'm rather 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.
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
"Thanks . . . Nice job! You can add my name to your list of satisfied customers."--Ahsan, Pennsylvania
"Hey Bob. Thought I'd drop you a line to let you know I received my astro and it fits PERFECTLY. I absolutely love it - I really can't say that enough. You've done a fantastic job and I hope you continue to work on these things for a long, long time because, as far as I'm concerned, you're the only person I'll deal with when it comes to taking care of my astronaut. I wish you much and continued success!"--Geoff, Florida
"Hi Bob, I received my Accutron M8 three weeks ago and I want to thank you very much for the job you did on it. It is now working perfectly as it did 44 years ago."-- Jacques, Québec
"Bob, thanks again for taking good care of the three hummers I sent you and for bringing them back from the brink of "death". I appreciate both your passion for the "strange" (at the time, ultra-innovative) Accutron technology, and the craftsmanship you show in putting them back into running condition. Although the ones I sent you aren't "high dollar" specimens, it was well worth the price to get them back to functioning timepieces. I actually wear all my watches - they each have their own personality - and thus I enjoy them quite a bit by matching my moods with their "style". As I said, you have proved your craftsmanship and honesty and I will send you a couple more in a month or so...Your pricing is so reasonable, that there is no reason for anyone to let their non-running Accutron languish in storage, dusting it off, and letting you make it hum a happy tune one again."--Art, Minnesota
"Locating someone that you can trust to service something as personal as a watch (in my case, my late father's watch) is a difficult decision. Following several emails back and forth with Bob Piker regarding the best course of action for my Accutron Spaceview, I sent the watch to him along with full payment. I had the watch back and working beautifully when Bob promised, and he has been a great resource since our initial interaction. Bob's timely and accurate communications, along with his integrity, and pride of workmanship, allow me to enthusiastically recommend him to others." --Frank, Tampa, FL
"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
Frequently Asked Questions
Most Accutron, Accutron
Spaceview Repair, Astronaut Accutron Repair and/or Accutron Restoration
turnarounds are 2 to 4 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. I recommend USPS Priority Insured for all
packages but if you prefer I would be glad to give you my street address for
other shipping methods.
What type of formal
training have you had as a watch repairer? I've had nearly 20 years of hands-on
Accutron repair experience.
I started out slowly and
now repair 8 to 10 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 Accutron 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
Are there any burglary
protection devices installed to protect my Accutron?
I have a brick office with
state of the art, electronic surveillance security and alarms. And as an added
measure, I have 2 teenage girls that are confirmed Tae Kwon Do black belts
themselves. One even has a tornado kick that would put Jean Claude Van Damme to
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 $150 - $225 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 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. There isn't a better guarantee available.
photo courtesy, Jose Luis
Repair Services and Fees
I may be a "hobbyist" according to another website but my repair abilities speak for themselves. I truly love Accutrons and definitely enjoy repairing them. 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 into their service fee. That's why they always have a high repair cost quote. My fees are very low compared to theirs and if you get a repair estimate from them in the range of $600-1800 when standard service from me would cost you, on average, $150 then ask yourself who you would rather have working on your cherished Accutron. I'm confident the hundreds 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. Unlike them, 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 watches once again look 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, 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 will work correctly and 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, $150 (will fix most Accutrons)
214 Accutron Astronaut movement cleaning, hack adjustment, service/repair and index adjustment, $175
218 and other non-214 model Accutron Movement cleaning, repair and index adjustment, $225
Bracelet refinishing (includes buckle), $100
Crystal replacement, $40 to $125
Hand lume, $40
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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