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    Hi all. My name is V.S. from California. First time here. I have an Accutron that I bought from eBay. The battery was dead so I ordered one also from eBay. The listing said it was for the Accutron and includes a rubber ring presumably to make the battery fit. It took the watch for the battery change to my watch guy and he didn’t want to put my in new battery, saying it’s the wrong kind. He instead put one of his. The watch works off and on. Could it be because he put in the wrong battery (his) instead of mind? Thank you in advance!

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    Please provide a photo of the Accutron watch in question and advise what battery you purchased.

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    Yes, we need to know the exact caliber of Accutron you have. Not all Accutron calibers take the same battery size. The voltage of watch batteries is the same for all sizes so that will not be an issue. I have seen improper size batteries installed in Accutrons that work as long as contacts to terminals meet. If the battery your watchmaker installed is correct and fresh and the watch does not run properly then it needs service. These watches haven’t been made since 1977 and some are as old as 1960. Accutrons are sometimes advertised as running but need service to run properly.
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    Thank you. Here are some pictures.

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    And this is the battery I bought from eBay.
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    The correct battery for your watch is a 344. If it is not running correctly, pull the stem out to stop it until you get it serviced (cleaned and oiled), because it may be chewing itself up. Accutrons will run way past when a wind-up watch would stop, because the tuning fork mechanism is very strong. They will do significant damage to themselves before they finally stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V.S. Armac View Post
    And this is the battery I bought from eBay.
    A 387s - with the plastic spacer ring - is the correct battery for the first Accutron caliber movement, the 214, which has a battery hatch on the watch back so you don’t have to remove the entire case back. For your 218 caliber Accutron the battery was moved inside and the crown to the case side to make the watch thinner.

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    Thank you both for your answers. Are Accutrons expensive to repair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by V.S. Armac View Post
    Thank you both for your answers. Are Accutrons expensive to repair?
    It all depends on what is wrong with the watch. Chris Radek "The Time Guy" who responded earlier, is one of the experts on this forum that does Accutron servicing and repairs at a very reasonable cost. You can google his name and business and his web site will appear. You can also send him an IM and he will give you his opinion. Many members of this forum have used Chris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V.S. Armac View Post
    Thank you both for your answers. Are Accutrons expensive to repair?
    It kinda depends on what the specific issue is. Repair involving cleaning and phasing, no parts can run into the $150 range, but that a ball park, and it will depend on the movement. You’ve got a 218, which isn’t to exotic to make repair so difficult, but without a qualified repair person seeing it, you just won’t know.


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