Watch Repair


<p>If you are looking for someone in your area who can repair your vintage Bulova watch or just looking for advise to help you repair the watch yourself, please ask here.</p>

5BD "sealed jewel" movement?

Submitted by tkm3rd on May 26, 2024 - 6:53pm
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Hi All,

I have a fair number of Bulova and other movements which I have taken apart, cleaned and reassembled over the past 2-3 years. Many of them have been ladies movements such as the 1974 5BD 23 jewel movement below; however, I have never come across what seem to be jewels without the jewel "oil sump" accessible - it looks almost as if they are "sealed" .  

That can't possibly be right, can it? If it isn't possible, how does one go about oiling the jewels and pivots properly?

**Please excuse the dirt as these were taken prior to cleaning.

Accutron Spaceview II Kinetic

Submitted by iplaws on February 17, 2024 - 4:23pm
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Can anyone suggest a repair service for my Accutron Spaceview II Kinetic.  First remake of the most famous Bulova Accutron 214 Spaceview. This model follows the same avantgarde style of the first model made in the 60`s, even matching the green color of the circuit board and back setting ring. Produced by first originator of the kinetic movements in Switzerland - Jean d`Eve


Vintage Sylvette

Submitted by Danno on February 10, 2024 - 7:34pm
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Hello all. New to the group. I have a 1930 Sylvette (my wife's) with a 6AP movement. It needs a new hair spring, but I can't find one anywhere. Is there a compatible one out there? I heard Breguet may be a possibility, but can't find any info. Any help would be appreciated! 

How to correctly use a Multimeter to diagnose Accutron issues

Submitted by DogfaceNobody on January 19, 2024 - 11:07am
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Hello Everyone.  I am so happy to have found this forum. 

I have been a hobbyist watchmaker for some time, and want to learn more about repairing Accutrons. 

I know some, but perhaps enough to be dangerous.  I picked up a 1963 214 Accutron (401 variant), installed a new battery, and it is totally dead.

Oceanographer R Crystal Replacement Help

Submitted by ibertone86 on January 11, 2024 - 7:48am
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New to watchmaking (8 mos) and this forum. Bulova has quickly become my favorite and I have acquired and successfully serviced a few Oceanographers, Sea Kings and a Convoy to date.  I need help...

My 1971 Oceanographer R cs# c3013 movement 11anacb has no crystal....

The crystal needed is 1404-1AY but can't find it anywhere...the front of the case inside dimension is 29.8mm and the bezel ring measures 29.9mm id.

Is there interchangeability with other Bulova armored crystals or a recommended size/source for replacement?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Service in South Central MA

Submitted by Greatwhitewing on September 27, 2023 - 8:17am
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L1 (1951) mechanical needs full cleaning, crystal and band. Like to take it to a person and look into their eyes to trust my sentimental heirloom

I live in southern Worcester county, MA aka Blackstone valley

A new forum format I am not used to so I hope I posted correctly


Vintage Watch Repair, The Do's and Don'ts

Submitted by JEV1A on July 14, 2023 - 8:53pm
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The Do's and Don'ts of Vintage Watch Repair by John V. - Time & Again 

After hearing many horror stories about Vintage Watch repairs here is a quick guide and what to look out for. 

Do not send your watch to a United States P.O Box. Contact the Watchmaker or Company and ask for a physical address and Google that address. A watch sent to a USPS P.O. Box is a red flag. It may be legit but it could very well be a setup where you may never see your watch again. If the watchmaker cannot supply a physical address then run away!