Bulova 1974 Computron

Submitted by billygreeneyes on February 7, 2013 - 5:04pm
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Greetings Great Keepers of Time, I recently purchased this Bulova that I believe is called the "Big Block". Actually this is the second one that I have because while taking it apart I managed to break the adjustment plate off of the movement on the first one. I was so heart broken but luckily I came across another that I was able to purchase. I have not, for obvious reasons, tried to take this one apart but I am becoming frustrated with the inability to get the stem and plates to align correctly so that I can set and maintain the correct time as well as the rest of the functions working properly. It will show the red led light when the stem is actuated but the numbers just flash across the face which tells me that it works, but not like it should. I am not certain that I was correct with the movement information so please correct me if I am wrong. I would greatly appreciate any feedback or guidance from you on what to do to correctly repair this watch. I believe that of all my Bulovas, I do like this one the best but have yet had the opportunity to show it off to others. Again and as always, your knowledge is greatly appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Posted February 17, 2013 - 11:26am

It had a Hughes module but was still sold under the Accuquartz name.

Posted February 17, 2013 - 12:06pm

Similar, but not the same one in the ad.
Great ad by the way.

Reverend Rob
Posted February 17, 2013 - 12:20pm

Holy cow! Dark days ahead for watchmakers, for sure!

I remember the whole quartz crisis well, I was told to forget about becoming a watchmaker, that there weren't going to be any mechanical watches any more. I was told to run, don't walk, away. I seem to recall the same idiotic advice in the late seventies when they said vacuum tubes were going the way of the Dodo. I still have my Fender Deluxe, and I still have my Grandfather's watch!

Unfortunately, I heeded the advice of the jewellers, and went and did other things for a few decades.

Posted February 17, 2013 - 12:58pm

Thanks. Still gets my vote for a Accuquartz 228 "Gold Block" there was also a silver/ stainless version 1974 Modified Hughes Module 29mm.  I base this on being a collector of LED's for 27 years.


Not my intention to stamp on any ones knowledge. I have owned 3 over the years and they are very fragile due to crown push operation.  I have owned & still have a couple of Computron drivers.

Posted February 17, 2013 - 1:12pm

Hey, you're not stamping on my knowledge buddy, looks like you know far more than I about these or any other quartz/LED/LCD. We all welcome new knowledge and ads, and yours in both fields look great.
Lovely theatrical revelations too!

Posted February 17, 2013 - 1:40pm

Cheers bobbee. Was unintentional to be theatrical. Just plowing through 1000's of images on my photobucket. lol.

Posted February 17, 2013 - 1:51pm

Man, if you show new Bulova stuff like that, you can be as theatrical as you want.
Hell, I'll nominate you for an Oscar myself! : )