since 1995. Phone: 248-623-2569 or for fastest response, text us at 248-623-2569

Our Repair Address: Budget Accutron Service, 6690 Rowley Drive, Waterford, MI 48329

Tuning Fork Watch Problems? Manual Wind/Auto/Quartz Watch Problems?

WE CAN FIX IT!

Email:  inquiries@accutrons.com

Current Special: 3 week turn-around on Basic Service for watches sent in April

 If your Accutron or other Tuning Fork or analog quartz watch has quit working properly or hasn't been serviced in a while you've come to the right place for watch repair.  In fact, Bulova has recommended us for service of tuning fork watches which they no longer service. We can clean, service and adjust your watch so it works again, keeps accurate time, and avoids excessive wear or your money back!  Two year time keeping warranty: within ± 2sec/day or better (batteries excluded, of course). Watch case restoration is also available from our expert metalsmith. While basic service is a flat rate of only $165, free estimates are available prior to service. Basic service includes all cleaning, adjustments, precise long-lasting lubrication, crystal polishing, timing, case cleaning, band adjustments, and the 2 year warranty. Does your watch need service? Here are some Typical Watch Component Pictures prior to Service.

The remarkable index mechanism works well only when it is properly phased and adjusted.  The jeweled index fingers must have the proper force pushing against the index wheel and they must have the proper orientation with the index wheel and each other.  If not, poor time keeping, stopping, or rapid time gaining will result.  There are 9 separate and precise adjustments required for the index mechanism alone. Once the index mechanism is fixed, fine adjustments in time keeping can also be made by adjusting fork frequency.

I see a number of watches that have not had service for a long time and are starving for lubrication.  Loss of proper lubrication can stop a movement or wear out the ends of the geartrain axles (pivots). Furthermore, there may be no symptoms while this wear is taking place.  Tuning fork watches have powerful movements that can keep good time even when abnormal wear is occuring. Pivots have an iron composition and can rust if not protected by the lubricating oil.

If your Bulova Accutron or other tuning fork watch has not been serviced in the past 6 years then it is in need of cleaning and lubrication as preventative maintenance. Failure to do so will eventually result in damaged parts and extra expense. Here you can find some pictures of Accutron watch components prior to servicing:

Typical Watch Component Pictures Before Service

Some watches, particularly some early 214's can not be made to operate properly with the higher voltage of modern silver-oxide batteries unless other means are taken.  This is due to variances in manufacturing...some forks are thinner at the base and tend to vibrate with higher amplitudes.  These are the problem ones.  The slightly higher silver-oxide voltage makes the amplitude even higher and so the mechanism indexes by more than one tooth, regardless of phasing adjustments.  I can, however, reduce the effective operating voltage so that the watch again works properly with 1.56v silver-oxide batteries by using a tiny electronic device added to the existing circuit (this is easily reversable at any time in the future).  Also, subject to availability, the tuning fork may be exchanged to eliminate the problem.

A few words about Phasing and battery voltage:  Phasing is done using special Bulova equipment and techniques.  It is critical for the proper functioning of a tuning fork watch.  This adjustment is actually independent of the battery type you use in your watch. Let me make this clear...After phasing is adjusted in a watch, it will be optimal regardless of what type battery is then put into the watch.  However, the higher voltage of silver oxide batteries means that this adjustment must be made as accurately as possible.  To accomplish this, I have developed special techniques to fine tune the phasing adjustment.

Battery replacement:  Be sure you have your battery replaced by an expert.  The tiny coil wires and index mechanism parts are exposed in certain places and vulnerable to the stray motions of an unexperienced battery replacement technician.  I have seen quite a few watches that have been damaged in this way.  Also pay attention to the correct orientation of the battery.  Watches can be damaged by placing the battery in upside down.  Refer to the table below.

Never use Zinc-Air Batteries! These batteries are made for hearing aids and other non-sealed electronics using only very low currents. They usually have a plastic film that covers a hole that must be pealed off to expose the battery to air. They are not meant for use in small sealed devices. Besides requiring fresh air to operate, they will leave nasty corrosive green gooey deposits all over the insides of a watch. I have seen far too many watches that have been operated with Zinc-Air batteries. It's very difficult to clean and can totally ruin a watch movement.

About Crystals: All curved Accutron and Omega crystals are plastic. Flat crystals are usually mineral crystal (with a few exceptions). Plastic crystals can successfully be polished to remove scratches. Watch crystal scratch repair can not remove cracks!

Battery voltage and size Table

       

Depending on where you go, the cost of a cleaning and / or repair can exceed the value of the watch! I have tools and experience to do the job at a fraction of the cost you'll find elsewhere.

accutron 214 spaceview, accutron 2181, omega esa movement, accutron 218 back, accutron 219 back, accutron 230back, accutron 224 accuquartz

Accutron 214 Spaceview
Accutron 2181
Accutron "Direct Read"
Accutron 218 back
Accutron 219 back
 
 
 Accutron 230 back
Accutron 224
 Accutron 2210
 Omega 1220
 Omega, ESA 9162

Whether you have an Accutron, Omega, Movado, Certina, Eterna, Universal Geneve, Longines, Tissot, Titus, Allegro, Rado, or Other Tuning Fork watch you may Email me for an estimate by clicking one of the following two links:

Basic Estimate:
inquiries@accutrons.com - Email us at this address if your watch has stopped or needs routine service. 90% of watches can be fixed in the course of a basic overhaul. This includes: Poor time keeping, stopped hands, no hum, setting malfunctions, cleaning and oiling, etc. Within an hour or two, a list of standard services will automatically be sent including information on crystals, dial refinishing, basic case refinishing, shipping instructions, and more. After the automated response, your message will be reviewed and a personalized message will then be sent, if necessary.

Special Requests:
service@accutrons.com - Email us at this address if you have other questions not covered by the basic estimate auto-response, or if the auto-response fails to answer within 24 hours.

Many poorly working tuning fork watches do not need to have parts replaced.  They just need proper adjustment and cleaning!  My services include ultrasonic cleaning and lubrication as part of a normal overhaul to prevent future problems and wear.

Watch brands that had a tuning fork movement version at one time or other include: Rolex, Accutron, Omega, Universal Geneve, Longines, Eterna, Certina, Movado, Rado, Zenith, Allegro, Wyler, Tissot, Citizen, Slava & Titus. Models names included: Accuquartz, Megasonic, F300, F8192, Astronaut, Electrosonic, Electroquartz, Ultraquartz, Dynasonic, Ultronic, Chronolympic, Electrosonic, Cosmotron, Certronic, Unisonic, C-Tronic, Beta 21, Transistor, and Tissonic.


Have you even wanted to show your friends and relatives the Tuning Fork in your watch? Unless you have a spaceview that's hard to do - Until Now!...We can now provide a window for the back of your Accutron watch! The original back will remain unmodified should you want to use it again. Click the picture below to see before/after pictures. Pricing is available by using the "Basic Estimate" link above.


Now offering Watch Case repair, restoration, refinishing, and plating

While your watch is being repaired, why not have the case refinished as well! We can restore your case to original like-new condition at reasonable cost. All watch brands are eligible for case refinishing.

CASE Refinishing and Restoration Examples:

See the amazing results of watch case restoration...(click on the pictures below to see the transformation). Read the emailed list of standard services (basic estimate) for details on case restoration, or go to our case restoration sister site: The Time Preserve and request a restoration service form to be emailed to you. Simply include that service form with your watch when you send it in.

Now, consider what your watch might look like by changing it's color...see this amazing example of a transformation of 14k gold to Rose Gold by clicking on this picture...


John Schult
Member NAWCC
BSME, MSME *
Waterford, MI  

and "Accutron" are registered trademarks of the Bulova Corp.

This website is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Bulova Corporation, or it's parent company.

* [bachelors (April '83) and Masters (June '84) in Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Michigan, Summa Cum Laude]



Established 1995

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Our sister site for Watch Case Restoration

Battery voltage and size Table

A custom made Accutron 219 wall clock

See a running Tuning Fork index mechanism

A Watch Collection Pictoral:

See the Slava Transistor:

A Russian copy of the Accutron 214

Pictures before and after complete restoration

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Tuning Fork Watch & Clock Patents - All Major Designs and Prototypes

See inside the 50th Anniversary Accutron Spaceview
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