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Hey everyone,

I recently inherited as series of watches from my father who passed and I would like to get them all up and running to add them to my collection we started together. I am fairly knowledgeable about watches (mainly omegas) but one of them is a Bulova accutron that I know absolutely nothing about. From reading some of the posts here, it appears to be from 1972 (N2 on the back) and requires a battery (shocking to me since he was always a pure mechanical guy). I have attached a picture of the front and back. I apologize about the quality but all I have on me is my phone at the moment. Any information about the watch and where to start to get it back running would be much appreciated. Thanks for you help.

- Johnny
 

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Johnny,
Your father's watch is one of the 218 family of watches. A look inside will till which one of approximately ten versions made. If I had to guess which one would have been in a watch made in 1972, I would go with 2181F. The "F" suffix movements had an electrical hack feature. It would have been Swiss made. Originally, that movement took a mercury battery (343) that is no longer available and has been replaced by a silver oxide battery number 344.
Although I can't read the markings on the case back in your photo, it looks to be one with a 14K (solid) gold case. That alone makes it quite valuable and highly collectable. Many have been melted down for their gold content and for that reason, I have seen that dial (2 luminous dots at the 12 o'clock) offered for sale on complete movements but without a case. I don't have the model but a case number from the inside of the case back may give a clue.
As for servicing your watch, that would depend on your location but I think that most of us here will agree that it should be serviced first rather than just sticking a battery in and taking your chances.
 

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Hi Johnny. My father-in-law collected only mechanical watches (as do I) and he had several tuning fork watches. For me and him, they have a special place in the watch universe and horological history and this makes them special enough for purists to collect and wear. I love them.

Now to your watch. Personally, I would buy a 344 battery for a couple of dollars / pounds etc to see if it works. If it does, great. If you're not sure about the service history, a service is worth considering.
 

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All I can tell you, that you haven't already been told, is that you are fortunate to have inherited a watch like that. I am spending my retirement and my kids' inheritance to acquire watches like that.
 

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Guys,

thank you so much. This really helps a lot and is only part of his collection. He started me on watches and besides the Omega 2220.80 i got, all have been a true interest for me. Sam2, the engravings on the back are Bulova on the top, J527120, N2 underneath, then 14KT GOLD CASE. Unfortunately, I do not know how to open this case. I am in Philly but my family is from new york, so either place is good for a reputable service guy if you folks know one.

I also attached a pic of my fathers favorite. Original Speedmaster (moonwatch.) He had it serviced in Switzerland with NOS when he got sick so that it would be ready for me. I figure you guys will appreciate it. Thanks again for you help.

- Johnny
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