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but I'd like to have it cleaned up and have another crystal installed. First, is it worth putting money into? It is in pretty good condition for a 40 year old watch. And second, could anyone recommend someone that is reasonable and reliable that I can send it too?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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Better pics of the front and back will help us immensely. It looks like an Accutron Deep Sea from the pic. These are very desirable and do have some value. Search eBay for "Bulova Accutron Deep Sea" and you will find a couple listed now. Others more familiar with this specific model will have more to say about it. On the case back, under the serial number, will be a small date code. It consists of a letter followed by a number. The letter "M" stands for the sixties with the letter "N" for the seventies. The number gives the specific year of manufacture of that decade. The Accutron tuning fork movement will be caliber 218. IMHO, yes, it is worth getting serviced to restore it to functioning condition. Service can be under $100 - if you hit the jackpot in finding a VERY reasonable watchmaker - to plus or minus $200. Part of the cost will depend on whether or not it only needs servicing or some parts also. Since the case is stainless steel, it can be polished to near new condition. The rotating bezel on yours looks to be in good condition. These usually show some nasty wear. If there are only minor scuffs and scratches on the crystal, they can easily be polished out. Service should only be performed by someone fully trained on tuning fork Accutrons. They have not been produced since 1977 and Bulova no longer supports them. There are many new old stock and used parts available to use if needed.

There are several Accutron service specialists here in the U.S. I have not used them. I currently use a watchmaker in Bulgaria for my service. His prices are reasonable and he has all the parts and equipment to service them. Others will chime in with their recommendations.
 

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Thanks for the great feedback Oliver. Unfortunately there is nothing on the back of the case and the front just says Accutron Deep Sea 666 Feet. I don't think there is anything major wrong with the watch it was working some time ago but has been sitting in a box for years now. It will need a new crystal because as a kid I tried to buff out some marks and nearly buffed right through the crystal; at 18 I'm just happy I put it away and didn't do more damage. Now some 35 years later I still have a watch that holds great memories and can be fixed for a reasonable cost.
 

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You are a very lucky man ! That is a beauty that just about any Accutron collector would be pleased to have. I have looked at a lot of them and, like Oliver said, many of them have bezels in pretty beat up condition. I am very surprised that there is nothing on the back of the case. That's odd.
I know that Oliver has had very good success with his repairman in Bulgaria and others have spoken well of him also. If you want any other ideas you might give us an idea where you are located.
 

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You are a very lucky man ! That is a beauty that just about any Accutron collector would be pleased to have. I have looked at a lot of them and, like Oliver said, many of them have bezels in pretty beat up condition. I am very surprised that there is nothing on the back of the case. That's odd.
I know that Oliver has had very good success with his repairman in Bulgaria and others have spoken well of him also. If you want any other ideas you might give us an idea where you are located.
Thanks skypilot, I'm in the good ole USofA, down south in Atlanta Georgia. I also found it odd that there was nothing on the back. As for the bezel, I do recall that my grandfather really loved this watch, my grandmother gave it to him as a birthday gift I believe, so he always took really good care of it, and since my little buffing job at 18 I also have been taking good care of it.
 

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A replacement crystal should not be a problem. Now that I think of it, some of the case backs on that model were different than the usual found on Accutron cases. Some have the dancing lady logo. The battery needed for your watch is a 344. A new battery might get it to start right up. If it doesn't, a slight rap of the case edge on a counter top at the 9 o'clock position gets the tuning fork humming. Accutrons often ran for decades without need for service but, if You don't know anything about its service history, I would have it serviced - even if it does start right up. If you don't plan to use the watch regularly, I wouldn't leave an old battery in the watch. Even the best quality battery can develop a leak and damage internal components. Unfortunately, a case back wrench is needed to properly remove the case back to access the battery - an easy job for most any jewelry store or Mall kiosk that services watches.
 

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WooHoo, just happen to be walking past a small independent watch repair place near my job and the guy took a look at my watch, put a battery in it and it was off an running. He said the inside of the watch looked like it was brand new. Now he's going to order a new crystal and clean it up for around $40, so I'm off and running for around $50. My grandfather is looking down with a big smile.

He also knew the history behind Accutron watches and was very please to be able to get it fixed up for me.

Anyone know if these replacement hands will work on my Accutron Deep Sea 666, the case number was 702 if that means anything.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bulova-Accutron-Spaceview-White-Spear-Hands-Luminous-/230847581613?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35bf968dad
 

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DO NOT TOUCH THOSE HANDS!!!
The lume goes off, the colour deepens.
Would you use Brasso on an antique bronze?
Would you use a scouring pad on Sheffield silver plate?
NO!
It's called patina, and is always desirable to some extent on vintage watches, unless you are a N.O.S. kind of collector.
 
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