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

JEV1A
Posted October 26, 2020 - 2:33pm

Hey all, its John V. "Time & Again" for all: My basic service including Accutron Battery replacement, any Bulova watch movement adjustments, oiling - cleaning (ultrasonic) crystal polishing, bezel and case polishing, bracelet and band adjustments etc. is a flat $79.99  if parts are to be ordered the estimate will change but client will be notified of all changes first before repairs continue. My instructions are: First send a clear pic of front and back of watch to my e-mail: centralhsd@earthlink.net  Give me a description of what is wrong etc. I will send you back a free estimate and instructions of how to send watch to be serviced. I work on and specialize on Bulova timepieces. 

Thank so much

John V. 

brooksy46
Posted December 29, 2020 - 11:43am

Hello everyone,

I am a new member to the forum, and thank you for creating such an informative space. I have a 1972 Oceanographer B that is in need of a full service due to the movement stopping and starting. Can anyone recommend a watchmaker in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Thanks for any and all help!!

-Andrew

Geoff Baker
Posted December 29, 2020 - 9:27pm

In reply to by brooksy46

Hello Andrew - while we don't know of someone in SF you could research the local NAWCC Business Directory. If you're willing to mail it away the fellow in the post above this one can service it.

dvuksicharris
Posted January 5, 2021 - 10:00am

Hello

does anybody have a recommendation for Charlotte North Carolina?  The two “new”watches I purchased will need servicing. 

JEV1A
Posted January 29, 2021 - 8:45am

Just a big thank you for all that used my services. Many are still trying to figure out how I can service, repair and restore almost any Vintage Bulova Timepiece for a flat $79.99?  That has been my rate for many years and I will never change it. I don't have a fancy website, I don't have a brick and mortar shop and I keep my costs low passing that on to my clients. Accutron's are getting to the end of their lives.. I specialize in 214 and 218 Models and I love to work on those rare Spaceview's and Astronaut's. There is no way a new Spaceview can compare to the historic value of the originals. Did you know the MERCURY 7 actually wore Bulova's? 

If you have found a broken Bulova in any shape or form, I just may be able to get it to look and run like new. Send a pic, front and back of the watch to: centralhsd@earthlink.net I will send you back a Estimate for Repair and instructions how to send it to me. 

Sorry if this comes off as a shameless plug... not too many "reasonable" Accutron repair rates out there... 

John V. / Time & Again 

LisaD
Posted March 6, 2021 - 10:47am

Need advice on how to open the ladys watch with a metal stretch band with attachment to case that has 2 claws overlapping through the round case end. How do you open the claw?

I tried to do one and the end of one claw broke, the metal is fragile after all these years. 

 

JEV1A
Posted April 17, 2021 - 11:36am

Need a 214 or 218 Accutron repaired or complete restoration services: 

"Time & Again" since 2010

send pic of Watch face and back of Watch to e-mail: centralhsd@earthlink.net

include a note of problems you are having and what services you desire

I will send you a fair Estimate and instructions 

Thanks to all my clients that found me on MyBulova... 

John V. 

KeithVig
Posted April 21, 2021 - 9:47pm

Looking for a crown for a Wittnauer QWR BL9634 9565; does anyone know the specs: crown diameter mm, tube diameter mm, thickness mm, stem diameter mm and tap number? Thank you.

Wittnauer QWR BL9634 9565

 

zaleskb1
Posted May 11, 2021 - 7:40pm

All,
I inherited a sentimental watch from my grandfather. Its a Bulova Accutron from 1973. Movement is 2241.

When first put battery in second hand was moving continuous. But the minute and hour hands werent as much....

I have left it at 3 different watch repair shops now and neither could fix.

Now I have to tap it or shake for second hand to move...but stops frequently. Now theres zero movement from minute n hour hands from ticking. I can pull crown and set time.

ANY help or suggestions would be enormously appreciated.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 11, 2021 - 9:20pm

In reply to by zaleskb1

I suggest a watchmaker who specializes Accutron. Where do you live?

Geoff Baker
Posted May 12, 2021 - 9:43pm

In reply to by zaleskb1

Private Message sent - check your email?

mybulova_admin
Posted May 11, 2021 - 10:04pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Agreed. You don't want to mess with these things, even those trained in general watch repair would have a hard time. You need to send to someone who specialises in Accutron watches....see above. 

What Does Your…
Posted July 10, 2021 - 9:18am

I picked up a Bulova 23 jewel selfwiding watch from 1955.  The crystal was all wrong.  I'm trying to figure out which crystal it uses from the G&S catalogue but I'm not certain which one is correct.  The measurement I get is 26.5mm.

bulova23jewels

 

Badmoon66
Posted July 15, 2021 - 5:13pm

In reply to by What Does Your…

Is it a domed mineral (plastic) crystal? If so and the measurement is 26.5, you should be safe with a 26.6 replacement. 

Brian

What Does Your…
Posted July 15, 2021 - 5:41pm

In reply to by Badmoon66

Thanks Brian for your reply.  It is a domed acrylic so I went with a G&S 26.7mm and a 26.9mm just in  case the .7 is too loose.  I asked about this on the NAWCC forum as well and I was worried the 26.6mm were just fit but not have enough pressure inside the bezel.  I'll post an update when the crystals arrive.

--Paul

Badmoon66
Posted July 16, 2021 - 5:07am

In reply to by What Does Your…

Paul, good call. Ideally, if you are able to order 26.6, 26.7, and 26.8-9 you have your bases covered. One is sure to be the "best" fit.

Good luck

What Does Your…
Posted July 16, 2021 - 6:41am

In reply to by Badmoon66

I had planned to order all three sizes but then I got cheap and only ordered two.  Hope that wasn't a mistake.  We'll see soon enough!

What Does Your…
Posted July 20, 2021 - 1:24pm

In reply to by What Does Your…

The crystals arrived today and I installed the 26.7mm.

Turns out the 26.6 would have been the right size.  The .7 went in very tight which is nice and secure, but I ended up scaring the crystal with my claw tool from squeezing it tight enough to be able to press it into place.

It looks good but all I can see are those tool marks.

I could only afford to buy two crystals, I should have gone with the 26.6 and 26.7.  Now I'll know in the future which one to order.

Here's a couple of pics.

DSCN7050

DSCN7052

 

mybulova_admin
Posted July 20, 2021 - 8:42pm

In reply to by What Does Your…

It never ceases to amaze me how much difference to a watch a new crystal can make.

Nice job.

What Does Your…
Posted July 21, 2021 - 3:53pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Agreed!  I usually feel that a good polish is good enough but a new clear crystal really does bring out a dial as pretty as this one. 

Badmoon66
Posted July 20, 2021 - 9:38pm

Looks great man. Nice job! If the tool marks bug you, maybe you could try taping off the case and try a little light sanding with high grit (1000-1200) and then some polywatch or maybe just the polywatch. Just a thought.

Great looking Bulova.

Brian

What Does Your…
Posted July 21, 2021 - 3:51pm

In reply to by Badmoon66

Thanks Brian.  The polishing was suggested on the NAWCC thread as well.  I actually ended up selling this to a friend who collects the Bulova 23 jewel watches.  His collection is extensive.  I think next time I should listen to people who have more knowledge than me.  You were right about the 26.6mm being the correct crystal.  Now I know and won't second guess experience.

bobpiker
Posted July 22, 2021 - 1:55pm

Hello, my name is Bob Piker and I'm an Accutron repair person. I'd be happy to help if you are looking for someone to make a repair for your cherished Accutron. Forums are moderately new to me since I spend the majority of my time sitting at a bench, so I hope it's alright that I am posting this, but be assured, if you are looking for someone to make a repair for you, Accutrons are my world and I'll certainly do all that is possible to make yours right again in a very reasonable time and at a more than reasonable cost.

MEC1954
Posted July 28, 2021 - 12:00pm

Hello,

I have been researching on this and other Accutron related websites for some months now. A few weeks ago I joined MyBulova but have only just uploaded the details and photos of my watch only yesterday. My reason for posting relates to the service of my 1967 18K #218 calendar watch.

In December 2020 I sent my watch to a person advertising and purporting to be an expert in repair and service of Accutrons. I requested and paid not a small amount of money, for service of the movement and a complete case restoration. After enduring a seven-month odyssey of excuses, delays, forgetfulness, poor communication, and a mile-long string of emails I finally received my watch back. The result? My watch doesn’t keep time and barely operates. The minute hand will only move for a couple of minutes before it stops and absolutely no case finish restore work was done at all. Essentially, I paid, waited for over half a year, and got nothing. At this point I refuse to have anything more to do with this person and will not torture myself further trying to get him to right his wrongs. I consider it a hard learned lesson.

At this juncture I’m researching where and to whom I might send my #218 for reliable repair of the movement and a real case restoration. The various reviews and commentary of peoples experiences I’ve read online of many of the US Accutron watch repair people seem to vary widely, from the sublime to the horrid. I happened to make a big mistake in who I chose to work on mine.

I welcome any feedback, guidance, or recommendations I can get from members of MyBulova on this matter. For the record I’m not opposed to sending my watch out of the country if some of you feel strongly that that might be my best option for good and reliable service.  Thanks to you all.