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  1. I repair the Accutron in the U.S. and on the 218s 99% of the time the cell coil is what is bad. If you do not hear a hum after replacing the battery tap the watch at the 9 marker and still no hum then you can bet the cell coil is bad. They are not cheap but you can find some on ebay once in a while. Remember the battery goes in upside down. If I can assist just let me know.
  2. Sorry Louis, The link is the one we discussed in in the early postings ie the Accutron Watch Page. http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/acc.htm You need to go through this site with a fine tooth comb because there is a wealth of info there for the taking including the circuit diagram for the power supply I made. Good luck with the auction and make sure the holders are the correct ones. I only mess with 214 and 218x models but there may be holders relevant to other movements - I am not sure. Cheers, Vic
  3. Lookie here... Accutron 214 service manual:NAWC.pdf
  4. Thanks Vic....Perefecto Info....I'm looking into a stereo microscope and some other accutron tools also...just getting a feel at this time . As member Ramrod said in an earlier post ,"i'm a glutton for punishment " , but I really , really don't want to get in over my head . Especially now that I've seen the index and pawl fingers and the index wheel . Shoots , just trying to get the drive train back together is quite a challenge .
  5. Howzit Vic , I was wondering if you can answer this question . In the tech manual for the 218 it says to rotate the pawl and index finger away from the index wheel to to remove or reassemble the train bridge . Does that mean rotate the collet that the fingers are mounted on using the collect screwdriver that is mentioned as an Accutron tool ? Page 36 doesn't have a step 5 , It just says to rotate the pawl finger counterclockwise....so what am I rotating ? Thanks for any info from you or any other member with this knowledge .....Louis
  6. Howzit Vic , Thanks for the post and Info . Yes I have that link and a few more I am adding to a new Accutron folder . You are so right , they are a tad Testy....Definite;y a different animal...
  7. Howzit Ramrod , You belong to SCWF also don't you ? Yup , I guess I got intrigued by the Accutrons when I noticed how many were for sale not working and still holding a value . Then I got the Deep Sea diver and was challenged to get it running . Than I saw the Accutron Astronaut and Spaceview and was hooked . I'm a goner....
  8. Hi All , I seem to have Accutron Fever lately . I never was really interested in them before , and in the last month and a half I have acquired 5 of them . Today the postman brought me this 10K rolled gold and plated beauty . It has been really well taken care of . It's from 1973... N3 Yesterday , Sunday , I went to an All Collectors show in Honolulu and picked up this minty Spaceview on the $1 table...I picked up 3 watches for $1 each . I think that the vendor didn't know what he had with this Spaceview . I put a new Accucell battery and it's running great . It's from 1961... M1
  9. Aloha all ,..... It was a bit humid here in town today and I wore an accutron that I received recently , and after an hour or two I noticed a small fog of moisture under the crystal . I opened the watch to quickly let it dry out , and replaced the case back I was wondering if there is any way to prevent this from happening . Possibly silicone grease on the case back gasket like a dive watch ?? Any Info or tips are appreciated....Thanks , Louis
  10. Hello, Nice collection. I like Breitlings myself and wear one everyday. I have also recently picked up an Accutron 218 that has also became one of my favorites.
  11. My son arrived from LA with a few packages for me that I have been busy accumulating on the Bay. I find that the watches and parts are really good value and often the sellers accept a quite low best offer price so I now have the following stuff in a queue for attention (except for the Omega watch which is now on my wrist). I managed to pick up this Omega movement: And I have got this case in the UK which I believe to be compatible, at least the sizes match and the ages of both the case and movement are about right as well so I am hopeful. The movement is working but the hands will need a re lume and the movement a full service. There is some rust to attend to but I have a new stem arriving from Argentina (got 5 for £8.50 postage inc.) and the case spring and bumper springs are not too bad when you get a proper look at them. Even the dial is in better condition than it looks in the photo. I also got a couple of Helbros watches one of which is in really good condition and comes with original box and papers but the lens needs replacement or polishing the other Helbros is not so good as the case is chromed and worn but the movement is working and the dial is good but I got it for a total of £12.00 and it has a brand new Speidel expandable bracelet on it so I probably will break even on it with a bit work and I have some spare cases that may fit. I got the Accutron coil for a song but it is a bit of a punt - have not tested it yet but fingers crossed. On a whim I got this GP movement that will go in my box for repairs as it needs some bits so I will keep a look out. Finally a treat from my wife, Fully serviced and working like a charm and I am well pleased with it. Now what can i get to bring back with me when I go to LA next year --- Hmmmm. Cheers, Vic
  12. " Now now, Louis - enough of this. We don't want Geo getting excited at his advanced age..." You're right Will , those motorcycles will do that to a guy . By the Way , I picked up a clean Bulova Accutron 2182 at auction this morning . Here's a couple of pics from my former backyard...
  13. No gasket , just seems to be pressed in . I was able to download a tech manual . Accutron 218 service manual #1.pdf
  14. Well ,... " No Guts , No Glory ".......Can always come back and bite you . But in the case of removing my crystal , that I felt was glass , I popped it out with a holder and a nylon case press die . To my surprise it's acrylic with a tension ring....quite beefy for this diver . The best part of all that is the crystal has no scratches . Just a very itsy-bitsy bit of haze that will polish out quite nicely . Poly-glass would even do it but I use a diamond paste in oil compound . Another plus is that the internal rotating bezel is made of brass with all of the gear teeth intact ,...the same for the gear the turns it . So the case parts are going into my ultra-sonic for a spa treatment and now I can concentrate on the movement . I've ordered the battery for this accutron which originally called for a 218 battery , but has now been replaced by a 344 battery . I will be looking at a couple of donor watches at about 4:30 AM my time . I love progress..
  15. looks like this is one of the Microloupes that were used to reset Pawl fingers on Accutron Index wheels, always wondered what they looked like. Quite a compact unit: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221785557875?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Looks like it may be useful on any watch really if you have not got a scope already. Just thought it may be of interest. Cheers, Vic
  16. There are loads of tips in the book, it was his instruction about removing the crown part of a two part stem on a roamer that made me man up and pull harder than I would have done normally and guess what, it worked. He even has some pages on the Bulova Accutron. The book may be old but so are most of the watches we work on so it is still valid. Cheers, Vic
  17. Hi Douglas, Welcome to the forum! That's a nice -- and interesting -- Accutron! I'm sure you'll find a wealth of knowledge here and hope you'll enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the forum. I, too, have been "self taught" if online classes can be counted: which leads me to one question: Are the AWCC classes you refer to, available on line? In any case, enjoy our forum and share your experiences. We definitely are looking forward to that...and please, don't hesitate to ask questions, we always have someone that "has been there and done that", ready to help! Cheers, Bob
  18. I've been looking at Russian watches on e-bay and the vast majority have this case back design you mention, Previously i had only seen it on bulova accutron tuning fork watches. I agree it's a great design, I wonder if watch manufacturers tested this at length and found it to be worse for water resistance despite the obvious theoretical advantages, or if it was an intellectual property issue, or if it just didn't 'catch on' If anyone knows the term for these case backs let me know.
  19. :P to you too Geo :D Actually I have absolutely nothing against these or any other of the transitional technologies between mechanical and quartz (nothing against quartz either), it's just that I have very little experience of them; and that is a very nice watch Yogi. I do have a non-working Accutron sat in my projects box waiting for me to pluck up the courage to have a go but I need to source a replacement component coil first, I got as far as testing that with a meter. I also need to work out how I can test the functionality of the rest of the electronics without having to fork out a mint on new tools that will only get used once in a blue moon. I do have an old oscilloscope (CRO) and was wondering if that could be of any use in diagnosing problems in watch electronics so if anyone can shed any light I am all ears.
  20. Hi Geo, thanks for that, I think that you have hit the problem on the head there. I was hoping to be able to salvage the Bulova crown as it has the distinctive Accutron logo. The best course of action will be to get it done professionally. I don't mind having a go at anything but its early days for me and this watch is a definite keeper.
  21. Great find Vic. The Accutron is super and yes, the lighter reminds me of my Dad too! Hope everything come out OK at the hospital and praying for a quick recovery! Cheers, Bob
  22. Hello Chaps, Hello Chaps, Its a bit like the boy that cried wolf as I am always joking about it but I go to hospital for the op at 1.30. Unfortunately they dont recharge or replace batteries, the whole unit has to come out (except for the wires hopefully) and it gets replaced with a new one. It should be in and out the same day - I may not be doing much until it heals and the stitches come out. Unfortunately I did not manage to make time to put the carriage clock together but that will be manageable. I will get more info on the compact Will and advise you, as I did actually win the whole lot for £60.00. Not that keen on Rotary watches after seeing inside a few of the more modern ones, however, it does not look like quartz at least its not shown on the face and it may be ok, the advert says Circa 2002. I will have the backs off and see what they are like when I get them. I am quite excited about the Accutron. Cheers, Vic
  23. 60! Then I don't feel so bad when I look at my collection and think to myself "Joe, how in the world can you justify having THIS many watches!" I have about 27 wearable, and another 5 or 6 that are in pieces. I'd like to see the tech sheet on the F300hz. The service for these is kinda expensive. I had mine done at a place near Chinatown here in NYC and the guy (Ernie) was wearing a spaceview accutron from the 60's and I knew he was experienced with these type movements. Omega-Bulova coil-driven works are considered the high end of the tuning forks. Put the tech sheet on the F300hz up when you get a chance. J
  24. I want to get a Precisionist or maybe an accutron II--I do like this watch. And what a write up--Oh My! JC
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