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    This was my grandfather's. He had two. The silver one was stolen while in the nursing home before he died at 98. This one had a broken Seiko bracelet on it and I put in a new battery and cheap leather strap. Foggy said it was made in 1971.






    Make a buzzing sound...guess that normal...plus the second hand sweeps...new to me for a battery powered watch.

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    The buzzing is the trademark sound of the "tuning fork" accutrons of that era.
    It's really a cool sounf bud don't wear it to bed.
    The spaceview is one of the more desireable of these models along with the "astronaut" and "railroad approved" models.
    This one is well worth having serviced and cleaning up a bit.


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    That's sharp! Some came with the chapter ring displaying the minutes like yours, and others had markings on the crystal. That's a very popular watch like Foghorn said.

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    Very nice!

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    You might want to take this advice from master 214 Accutron technician Martin Marcus:

    http://www.accutron214.com/AccutronBattery.htm

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    FAQ #10 of

    http://www.accutron214.com/AccutronQ&A.htm#Is%20it%20OK


    Your Spaceview now 37 years old is probably crying for service. It was built to last a lifetime and with some attention will serve you as it did your Grandfather.

    Your Accutron is an original American case chapter ring Spaceview with the correct hands and crystal. Since the Spaceview is the most popular 214 Accutron there are a pile of “conversions” out there that are nothing more than butchered dial Accutrons by removing the dial and in some instances changing the crystal/hands. Some have even machined out the center of the dial in an attempt to look like a chapter ring model. These are often called original but they are easy to spot.
    There are many others like it but this one is mine. John

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    Thanks...maybe I made a mistake by replacing the battery and such...its running great and keeping perfect time...so far...he died 7 years ago and it was running then when we went through his stuff, however I doubt he ever had it "serviced"...I'll have to look into it.

    Thanks Again!

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    I've had great experience with Bob Piker over at MyBob.net. I wouldn't hesitate to have him service mine again.

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