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Looking for a good reliable watch  repair person. Have a 14k ladies 1924 watch that needs repair. Has a 6 AF Movement 17 jewel.

mybulova_admin
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Posted March 3, 2017 - 10:46pm

What an amazing job! Very nice restoration. Hopefully you can source the correct hands one day to give it that extra touch.

PedroA
Posted April 3, 2017 - 3:51am

Many thanks. Perhaps it will be difficult.

Best regards.

camu
Posted March 22, 2017 - 1:25pm

REPLACEMENT CRYSTAL >>>>  ?????  .... I need a ..... 702AWD .... anyone have a crystal ?????

cnok
Posted May 13, 2017 - 7:21pm

I would like to have this watch serviced.  Mail order is preferred.  Bulova curved

"Chief"  10ae movement.  Thanks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/192135177940?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

mezzodiva54
Posted June 19, 2017 - 5:18pm

Hi, long-time lurker, first-time poster -- could someone point me in the direction of a good watch repair shop in Boston?  There are plenty of places that can change a battery or remove a link, but know nothing about mechanical watches. Of the places that DO know mechanicals, some will charge you $350 to do a cleaning, if they think they can get away with it.  Just someone reputable and fair, that's all I'm looking for (I cannot afford to go back to the $350 guy!).  I have a '39 Bulova Calhoun, which had been running beautifully until yesterday, but suddenly is losing 10 minutes a day.  I promise I do not shower, sleep, or do yardwork with it on!  Thanks in advance for your help!

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 20, 2017 - 5:21am

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fpwind
Posted June 27, 2017 - 10:04pm

My father just passed down his first major watch purchase to me.  It is an Accutron Astronaut and he purchased it at the Cholon PX in Saigon back in 1966.  He sent it back to Bulova for a complete overhaul in the late 80's.  He did mention that they kept it for almost a year and when it came back the hands were different.  I would greatly appreciate any recommendations for a trusted watchmaker to give the watch a good cleaning and perform any needed adjustments or repairs.  I’m in Alabama, but I’m willing to ship the watch within the CONUS.

Thank you in advance,

Fred

 

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Susan
Posted October 28, 2017 - 1:58am

I just saw your post. I have the 1964 version of this watch. It was also my dad's, and I believe he purchased his at Itazuke AB, Japan. It looks the same except for the hands. I want to post a photo of it, but I can't seem to resize it to fit...

I, too, am looking to get mine "up to speed." If you have good luck with your repairman, please let me know - I am looking for someone, too!

Susan

Geoff Baker
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Posted June 28, 2017 - 6:11am

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Antonis
Posted October 5, 2017 - 3:47am

Hello to all the members of the group. I am a recent Bulova enthusiast with recently added pieces a Bulova Aerojet from mid-60's and Bulova Snorkel 666 also from the same period (if I am not wrong). I absolutely love both of them and I am going to post them as well.

Snorkel needs some repairs and a replacement or restored bezel. I saw an ad in this website by Time & Again watchmaker who apparently specialises in Bulova repairs/restorations.

Has anybody worked with this gentleman in the past? Would you recommend him?

Many thanks in advance.

Antonis

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Susan
Posted October 28, 2017 - 1:53am

Hello. I am new to the forum.

I have my dad's 1964 Accutron Astronaut watch. He was the original owner. Overall, it is in good condition for its age (I think). It has minor scuffing on the crystal and the luminous hands are showing age. I have not put a new battery in it because I didn't want to do anything to jeopardize it. I assume it will run. 

I would like to give it to my son as a gift.

I am looking for someone who can repair (if needed) and get it up to like-new condition.

Who do you recommend?

Although I currently live in South Africa, I can send/receive it from Colorado.

Thanks for your advice!

Susan

mybulova_admin
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Posted October 28, 2017 - 2:20am
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Susan
Posted November 6, 2017 - 5:04am

Thank you for responding, but can you tell me where these people are located? It is an au (Australian) website address, but I also see Thailand on there. As I mentioned, I am looking for someone U.S.-based as I can ship it from Denver. Any suggestions? Someone suggested Timemachines Mike. Anyone else?

 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted October 28, 2017 - 4:22pm

Stephen, for some reason the link drops the colon and doesn't work, even though I can see the colon in your link. A redirect shows up with the colon:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/acc.htm

mybulova_admin
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Posted October 30, 2017 - 8:44pm

Thanks Rob, looks like the link wasn't formatted properly. Thanks for checking and fixing.

vazquez
Posted November 4, 2017 - 1:42pm

Hello All,

First time posting, and seeking help.  I have received a Bulova Sea King/1967 (M7) which belonged to my dad.  It's a very special watch for me and I'm trying to have it repaired, and if possible restored.  It runs slow, and the crystal needs to be replaced. Can someone recommend a place that can repair/restore vintage Bulovas in either Denver, San Francisco, or Los Angeles?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

-Mando

Geoff Baker
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Posted November 5, 2017 - 7:33am

Private Mesage sent.

ncmountie
Posted January 20, 2018 - 11:53am

I hope I'm correct posting this new question at this location and if not please feel free to remove and I can try again. Also, pardon the terminology if not completely proper...

I have a 1967 Bulova 11ALC, style unidentified, but a "front loader" and the watch arrived with the crown and male end of the split stem separate (in a small baggie) apparently having fallen out. The watch is pending COA at some point by a professional; however, I am curious if this male end of the split stem with the crown is broken given the shaft extends further than the male end will reach. I am able to insert the male end and crown as shown in the photo, briefly wind and set the hands. I did a web search but could not find an illustration of this part and thought someone here could easily advise regarding the condition of this stem.  Thanks in advance for any input.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

This is correct. 

ncmountie
Posted January 20, 2018 - 2:33pm

Interesting... and thank you sir.

zach_chap
Posted February 21, 2018 - 8:23pm

So I've been draggin my feet on repairing my '48 His Excellency for a few reasons http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1948-his-excellency-1063. First being shame, it took some damage on a night that I did not remember the next day where it sadly had a worse night than I. The crystal and one hand are missing. The other was the movement started acting up shortly before it got shelved due to the damage. First it was running slow but still tolerable then it started taking time post winding to actually start going, then it just decided to start whenever it felt like it post winding.

Now it's time to finally get this watch back to the glory it deserves but I have no idea who to bring it to here in NYC that would even be able to source the parts. If anybody knows who I can turn to that would be a huge help.

Thanks

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Reverend Rob
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Posted February 21, 2018 - 10:53pm

Check with the NAWCC website, a local chapter may be able to help you. The site provides links to watchmakers by location. 

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted March 14, 2018 - 12:17pm

Hi, My name is Rick and I retired from the Navy little over 10 years ago.  Currently, I work with software but over the past couple years I fell into a hobby that I am very pationate about.  I've found that it appears that I've found my special purpose in life...lol.  Unlike other endeavors like carpentry or working on my bike or vehicle, I tend to have more patience with watches.  In other words, I don't launch tools and throw tantrums when things don't go well when working on a watch. haha.. So,  I've pretty much turned into a sponge trying to absorb as much information as I can as I trudge through restoring watches.  I've gathered the requisite tools during this time and have been practicing on old movements taking them apart and putting them back together.  I've even secured a suitable space to pursue my new found love as I commandeered my little corner of the office from my wife LOL.  In preparation for tearing into a Bulova 10BC movement, I wonder if anyone knows where I could get my hands on a tech sheet for that movement?  Appreciate any info any the Bulova experts out there may have.

Best Regards,

Rick

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Posted April 15, 2018 - 11:30pm

PM sent.

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Watch-N-Learn
Posted April 16, 2018 - 11:56am

Roger that!.. Thanks Rob!!!

JimDon5822
Posted April 15, 2018 - 9:31pm

I would like to get my 1964 Bulova ambassador micro rotor watch repaired.   I believe it needs a new stem and crown, second hand  and possibly a new Crystal  as the movement seems to be slightly loose in the case .  Seems to be complete otherwise complete.  The movement is a 12 EBACD.  Recommendations welcome.  Thank you. 

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edprevett
Posted April 28, 2018 - 6:27am

Hello all,

I am a forum newbie.  Does anyone know where I could get my 1960 Bulova 23 overhauled in Paris France?  

Or would I have to send it somewhere?  It still works well but has not been serviced since 1970!

 

Thank you, Richard Prevett

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Reverend Rob
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Posted April 28, 2018 - 10:32am

There are quite a few watchmakers in the city, but ideally you want to take it to a place where they do the work on site. In the event of any problems down the line, it is far easier to be able to speak to the person who repaired your watch, rather than a jeweller who has 'sent it out'. 

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edprevett
Posted April 28, 2018 - 10:36am

Thanks Rev!

 

Tom G
Posted August 21, 2018 - 5:32pm
  I have a mechanical watch I got from my father when he went into the navy for WWII approximately 1944.  I've attached pictures.  I had it repaired by a local guy about a year and a half ago.  He struggled with it.  A long story but it finally was done.  The important part is that originally it had a 17 jewel swiss movement, model 10BA that he screwed up when he broke the mainspring.  As a result he went had to go to some guy in the New Philadelphia (Ohio) area I think who supposedly has thousands of used watch movements and bought something there to make the repair.  I just opened up the watch and now there is a Bulova 10BCC in there.  Pictures below.     Problem now is I sheared off the stem when going thru a door.  I think it needs a new one and who knows what other damage I might have done.  I am not going to use the guy I used before.  I am looking for a Bulova "Master Craftsman" if such an individual exists who can repair the watch and who won't hold me up in the process.  I'm in the Akron Ohio area but willing to ship.  I'm hoping you folks out there can point me to someone who can help me.   Regards Tom

 

Tom G
Posted August 21, 2018 - 5:42pm

Turns out I can't post my pictures.  I think they're too large but message didn't stay on the screen long enough for me to read.  If you want to see them, send me a private email and I'll send them to you.  Sorry for this issue.  I'm not the most computer savvy guy and all these "special requirements" are too cumbersome for my type A personality to tolerate.

Regards

Tom

Tom G
Posted August 21, 2018 - 5:56pm

Or maybe I can.  What a cumbersome process.

Anyway, thanks to all in advance for your assistance and patience.

Tom

 

 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 22, 2018 - 11:07am

Hey Tom,

You watch looks like a 'Watertite', and could have originally had either the 10BA or 10BCC. The 10BA's were often mis-stamped when they were used in centre sweep watches, they should be 10BAC. 

When the watchmaker changed your movt, did the dial change as well? Some of the watertites had a sub second @6 instead of the centre sweep second hand.

Regardless, replacing the stem should present no major issues as long as the movt itself wasn't damaged. If you go to the NAWCC website, you can find watchmakers by location. Ohio is rich in horological resources, I go there regularly.