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Watch Problems? Whether Tuning Fork/ Mechanical/ Auto/ Quartz or Chronograph we've got you covered.

since 1995

Budget Accutron Service
5036 Dixie Hwy, STE 822
Waterford, MI  48329

New: You now have the option to order Polishing, Refiishing and Plating for your watches online at our:

If your Accutron or Tuning Fork or Mechanical or Quartz watch has quit working properly or hasn't been serviced in a while you've come to the right place for watch repair. We can fix any Accutron watch no matter how stubborn. We also fix complex Chronograph watches and Pocket watches. In fact, Major OEM watch companies and Jewelry Stores have recommended us for the service of conventional and tuning fork watches which they no longer service. We are also the high-quality but affordable alternative to costly OEM servicing. While your watch is here we will treat it with the same care and concern that you have as the owner. We will clean, lubricate and adjust your watch so it works again, keeps accurate time, and avoids excessive wear.
Our service includes a two-year warranty for proper time-keeping. Timing for Accutron and Tuning Fork watches is adjusted to within ± 2sec/day or better. Conventional watches are adjusted for timing, amplitude, beat error, and position.  Timing is targeted to +/-10sec per day depending on movement design capability.  Watch case restoration is also available from our expert metalsmith. 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-yr warranty. How long has it been since your watch was serviced?

Tuning Fork Watches

Although we fix all types of watches, the remarkable tuning fork 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.  

We see a number of watches that have not had service for a long time and are starving for lubrication.  

Click to see a slow-motion video of an actual running tuning fork watch mechanism. You will see the motion of the fork and index finger under 30x magnification.
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 in particular have powerful movements that can keep good time even when abnormal wear is occurring. Pivots have an iron composition and can rust if not protected by the lubricating oil.

Dust, debris, and corrosion build up act like an abrasive causing severe wear as well as blocking normal geartrain motion. Tuning fork watch magnets attract rust and metal particles which accumulate and wear against the coils if not removed. It also increases power consumption and can cause poor time keeping.
If your Bulova Accutron or other tuning fork or Mechanical 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:


Battery voltage and size Table

Some watches, particularly some early Accutron 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 reversible 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 (old or new).  However, the higher voltage of silver oxide batteries means that this adjustment must be made as accurately as possible.  To accomplish this, We have developed special techniques to fine tune the phasing and index adjustments.

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.

Examples of watches we repair every day


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!


Depending on where you go, the cost of a cleaning and / or repair can exceed the value of the watch!
We have tools and experience to do the job at a fraction of the cost you'll find elsewhere PLUS a 2 year warranty.
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:
- 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:
- 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. We fix all brands of watches and all types of non-digital movements.

Accutron 218 spaceback Budget Accutron Service

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 called a SPACEBACK! 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 these pictures 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.

Accutron 214 Railroad complete restoration Budget Accutron Service
Slava Transistor 214 Russian Clone complete restoration and gold plating Budget Accutron Service

Color Changes:

Next, 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...Our proprietary finishes include 12K,14K,18K Gold, Rose Gold, Rhodium(white gold), Platinum, Ruthenium (dark gray), and Black Rhodium (space black).  Note: we do not plate watch hands.

Chrome plating? This is not offered, because of the porous nature of chrome, and poor durability on watches.  It is also a very toxic process. Instead we utilize Rhodium plating which does not suffer from these issues.  Rhodium is the brightest metal - more so than chromium.  It is used on all the shiny "white Gold" jewelry you see in stores.
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Waterford, MI
Established 1995
Budget Accutron Service BBB Business Review
[bachelors (April '83) and Masters (June '84) in Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Michigan, Summa Cum Laude ]
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.

Links A page of several links relating to Accutron and Tuning Fork Watches

Testimonials From some of our customers.

Accutron 214 14k Alpha Budget Accutron Service

The Time Preserve Our sister site for plating Apple Watches and Bands

Our sister site for Watch Case Restoration

Battery voltage and size Table

Paper #711C No Longer Available here at the request of SAE, Inc. Visit the SAE to purchase a copy of this fine report.

We have a long history of fixing Accutrons and other mechanical watches


We've been Servicing and Restoring electric and mechanical watches since 1995. Through the years we've developed unique procedures and processes to fix and restore the watches that others have given up on.  Our skill goes well beyond the service manuals and instructions supplied by the OEMs.  As engineers, we utilize the operational principles of the movement designs to advance the level of service only we can provide.

We understand and respect the emotional and historical value of the watches in your collection.  We treat them with the same care and pride that you have as the owner.  Our work is warranted 2 years for proper time keeping.
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Budget Accutron Service
5036 Dixie Hwy. STE 822
Waterford, MI  43829
Phone: 248-623-2569
We are here to serve you for all your watch repair, restoration, and plating needs.
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