Watch Repair

Submitted by Jim Townsend on October 25, 2011 - 6:15am

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

Reverend Rob
Posted August 24, 2019 - 1:01pm

Just a heads up here, not sure where else to post this.

I currently have a Bulova diver in the shop, and the rotating bezel had been stuck, so the customer sprayed a small amount of silicone lube around the edge to maybe get it to move.

Well it moved all right, and whatever chemical carriers were in the aerosol also reacted with the acrylic crystal, and dissolved the crown gaskets.

So just a warning- spray lubes of any kind (WD40, penetrating oil, etc) are best kept away from watches altogether, and certainly NEVER do this to the movt or inside a watch case. 

Fortunately I was able to source an original diver crystal, but the crown eludes me, it is a 637W. Does anyone have such a one?

Rob

PhilB
Posted November 19, 2019 - 1:01pm

I am brand-new to this forum - so forgive me if this is similar / same as many posted previously.  I have a 1973 Bulova "Bull-head" / "Parking Meter" chronograph.  It required repair and cleaning after about 35 years of service and I had this done locally.  Supposedly seals were replaced and it was repaired and serviced.  However, before I put it back into use, I discovered the second hand had come off the shaft.

This watch has considerable sentimental value (beyond the fact that I absolutely love the watch itself).  I am trying to find someone reputable / reliable who can accomplish this repair (and anything else the previous repairman might have done).

I live in south Mississippi, but am not hung up on the place being local if it is trustworthy.  Thought someone on this forum might be able to provide some recommendations.

Thanks.

Reverend Rob
Posted November 19, 2019 - 9:43pm

If you check the website of the NAWCC you will find watchmakers listed by area. 

Just a note- it is sometimes not unusual for aged and worn hands to no longer be as solidly attached as they once were, and this also depends on how many times the watch has been serviced, and therefore how many times the hands have been pulled and replaced. Certain hands are also very hard to find as NOS.

JEV1A
Posted September 7, 2020 - 1:58pm

In reply to by Reverend Rob

Watch out for scams.. yes, even on NAWCC websites and newsletters. Many times big jewelers will place small ads saying watch repair is available when they have no clue to vintage watch repair. John V. / NAWCC Business Member - Time & Again 

Timemachines
Posted February 26, 2020 - 9:51am

Hello, It looks like several people have tried to get a hold of me and cant find me. My e-mail is michaelacousineau@gmail.com  I hope this helps.  Thanks  Mike... 

Mark W.
Posted July 16, 2020 - 12:58am

May have missed it but I reviewed recommended Accutron 214 repair shops herein, and saw some older postings. This is an attempt to get more recent (2020) repair technician data.

Have found:

"Timemachines"

Martin Marcus (pricey)

Rob Berkavicius

Robert Piker - myBob.net

Is there a concensus on any of these or others that provide decent, experienced Accutron service for a reasonable price?

Thanks for the advice!

toemaytoe
Posted August 10, 2020 - 9:30pm

Hey all, I'm a new member. My father passed away a few months ago and left me his watch. It's circa late 50's early 60's. I'm looking for someone who can reliably restore this watch to new condition. I'm on the west coast of Canada but I am willing to work with you wherever you are. Hope this reaches the right person.

JEV1A
Posted August 21, 2020 - 7:58am

I'm the most reasonable Bulova Accutron and most Vintage Model repair and restoration service in the World. I can do this because I'm retired, on disability and bored! I realize I'm not supposed to advertise here in the forums but I cannot afford expensive websites and ads. I have a 79.99 base service which includes, cleaning, oiling, polishing and general restorations. I'm known for Accutron service. My prices never go up unless I have to order parts, All estimates are free and I ship free as well. I back up all my restorations and my watches have been seen in the Tiffany Museum in Winter Park, Florida. I want challenges and I recently restored a 214 Accutron Astronaut which was rusted, corroded and had extreme damage. I do not restore dials and I love patina. Other Accutron so-called experts charge hundreds of dollars. I repeat. I'm the most reasonable and finest restorer you will ever find. John V. "Time Again" send pic of watch to centralhsd@earthlink.net and I will send you back a estimate. So many beautiful vintage Bulova watches are stuck in drawers in Grandpa's vanity just waiting to gain new life... thanks to My Bulova for bringing back these great watches and most importantly the education. 

scoble831
Posted September 3, 2020 - 7:03pm

My husband and I are looking for someone to repair a 1974 Watchman. Any suggestions?

JEV1A
Posted September 7, 2020 - 1:48pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

As always thanks Geoff for the help in drumming up Accutron restoration and repair business. I can write a book about all the modern day jewelers simply telling customers that bring in their old accutrons "forget it cannot be repaired" and then they end up with me.

A few in the group have actually responded... My rate is the lowest in the world. The other day I actually saw on the web a Accutron repair guy that charges $399.00 USD just to look at your watch. Its criminal what watchmakers charge to repair Accutrons. Please continue to pass on my services and legit restoration / repair.

best

John V. "Time & Again"  

JEV1A
Posted September 7, 2020 - 2:24pm

Time & Again (specializing in Bulova Accutron restoration and repair)
For free estimate send pics front and back of watch to e-mail centralhsd@earthlink.net  

I specialize is Accutron restoration and repair cheapest and best you find in the World... John V. 

Time & Again

ldhunter1959
Posted September 28, 2020 - 11:28am

Going to be looking for a repair guy for an old bulova found in my father's collection. Someone scribbled 1921 in the inside of the back case. It's a mechanical watch. The hands are there, but one is floating in the crystal. It's a 15 jewel movement, long rectangular design. The numbers 10AN are prominent on the movement.

JEV1A
Posted September 28, 2020 - 9:55pm

In reply to by ldhunter1959

Hi I responded through your private mail, yes I repair and restore most Bulova and Vintage watch brands and models. 

send pics to e-mail: centralhsd@earthlink.net 

for initial estimate... John V. "Time & Again" 

 

bmarkeson
Posted September 29, 2020 - 2:38pm

Hi, 

I am looking for recommendations for repair of a 1931 'Fortuna' watch. It currently does not run. I am not looking for cosmetic restoration. 

 

Thanks,

Bjorn