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My 218 was a gift from my parents in 1973 and I love it. I had Bulova repair it in 2002 and now it does not run.

I just sent it to Bulova and the want to put a quartz movement in it, no way!

Who would you recommend to repair my Accutron 218.

Someone around Fort Worth would be a bonus.

Thanks for any help

Clyde

Fort Worth, Texas
 

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If you actually sent your watch to Bulova in 2002, I'm surprised they serviced it because the Buolva company hasn't been supporting Accutron watches for 2-3 decades. They usually refer you to a private party who still services them. Quartz movements have been installed in non-functioning Accutrons by Bulova and authorized service centers since the '80s. No, you don't want that! As a curiosity piece, I have one such watch plus a spare quartz movement.

What we usually recommend you do is start calling around to locate a watchmaker who has been in business for many years and either was trained on Accutron repair (preferable) or self-taught through the years and knows how to source parts (if needed) on the Net. If found, they will usually be cheaper than those now advertising as exclusive Accutron specialists, who usually range in price from $150 and up.

Since last year I have been using a guy in Bulgaria to repair my Accutrons. He is cheaper than the "Specialists" here in the U.S. and has equipment and parts to service all 6 calibers of Accutron movements. The downside is that you must ship overseas, which can take anywhere from 1-5 weeks each way - but usually 7-10 days. His turn-around time is usually 1-2 weeks. I bought 3 serviced Accutrons from him and had several of mine serviced. I have been very pleased so far.

Can you post a pic of your Accutron? My first one was also purchased new in 1973, as seen below, in original box with price tag. Also still have the original outer cardboard box.
 

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Would you be willing to share contact info for your man in Bulgaria? Have an old spaceview I bought (used) in late 60's and haven't worn in years. It was working when I last wore it-probably at least 40 years ago-and the battery I kept with it reads "Bulova 214 West Germany".

I recently became intereted in vintage watches, and want to get this old soldier serviced and back on duty. I hesitate to just stick a battery in it, for fear of harming the watch--

Any help will be appreciated--
 

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Would you be willing to share contact info for your man in Bulgaria? Have an old spaceview I bought (used) in late 60's and haven't worn in years. It was working when I last wore it-probably at least 40 years ago-and the battery I kept with it reads "Bulova 214 West Germany".

I recently became intereted in vintage watches, and want to get this old soldier serviced and back on duty. I hesitate to just stick a battery in it, for fear of harming the watch--

Any help will be appreciated--
The guy in Bulgaria I use is Ludmil Balevski. I lost his e-mail address in a computer rebnuild. Below is a link to his seller info on ebay. On the left side of the page you can click on "Contact member". Mention that OliverB referred you. I don't gain from that. It just lets him know how a person heard of him.

eBay My World - anticvarius
 

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Yeah I've talked (email) with Ludmil about getting my 4 done. He knows his stuff, very fair prices and from the watches he puts up for sale (and from what others say) he is well worth an email.....If postage takes a few weeks who cares. How long has it sat doing nothing?
 

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I'm sure you will, but let us know when you get it back. Always heartening to hear a good news story.

Plus I want to hear if he's any good one more time before my 4 leave Down Under for rehab. :wink:

Mr Polock.

Be careful with these d.a.m.n things (gee, even d.a.m.n gets censored in here.... ). Be very very careful unless you have lots of time, a bag (imaginery or real) of money and a partner (if relevant) who tolerates total deepening madness with watches.

Maybe chess instead? Less intense....


And I'm a fairly early learner in this arena. There are people in here who are scary with knowledge and passion for a b.l.o.o.d.y old watch that hums on and on :T

I love it!
 
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