Hello all... I just got into my shop a beautiful 214 Accutron Spaceview M6 (1966). The watch had no service for decades. The battery inside was non-conforming (wrong voltage) and once I installed the correct 394 battery and spacer ring, it started to hum. The second hand moved a single revolution and then stopped. The minute and hour hands never moved. I checked the voltage and the coils had reached "end life". I told my client immediately of the failure.
Its important to realize the Accutron 214 and 218 movements especially the coils are only good for so long. Once they die a full disassembly is required to replace the coils. A few years ago I decided to replace the entire movements which back in the day was cheaper for myself and the client. But today Spaceviews especially original have become the rage. Non Working Spaceviews I have seen on e-bay being auctioned for hundred's of dollars. And fakes are running rampant.
So for this repair I decided not to move forward with a restoration as the Client had a certain repair cost ceiling. That's a shame I know for many that expect miracles. But in the case of Accutron original models these complications are at times a improbable fix. And many times, just a question of installing a new battery and crossing your fingers. No that doesn't sound very horological, I realize but Bulova back in the day in their claim of the Most Accurate Watch in The World -The Accutron-, may or may not have considered that 55 years later these watches would still run?
As a Vintage Timepiece restorer and Bulova specialist, I can only do what I can do. And with Accutron its only a matter of time when these Movements fail for good.
John V / "Time & Again"