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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Who here knows what about Bulova's Accutron line of watches from say, the 1960's?

I've got my dad's watch, which has not worked for some many years... he took it to the "jeweler" at JC Penny and they returned it to him in worse shape than he brought it to them. I don't think he ever tried to fix it again.











I found THIS guy online, and the website says he bought ALL the old Bulova parts from the Accutron line, and shows a lot of restoration pictures... but none of the models are like this one.

I sent him an email, we'll see what he has to say. But while we're waiting for that, let's poke the BadWeB braintrust to see what spills out.
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Buellish
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 - 09:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Matthew,I've been dealing with Womble Watch for 30 years,they have never failed to do good work and I would trust them with anything.I've thought about having them restore the Longines my dad bought while he was in the Navy in the early 50's but haven't had the money.

womblewatch.com
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 - 09:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Mike, thanks for that. I just sent them an email with pictures, and will start a dialogue with them.

The website I linked claims to have all the old-new parts stock, and there's a lot of information on his admittedly rudimentary website. Methinks his watchsmithery outweigheth his websmithery..
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Sami
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Here's a take down of a Bulova Accutron:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duRzuL8FqQg

Some simple things you can do yourself:
-Check and clean battery contacts from grease. Change battery if needed.

Others things you may want to leave to a jeweler:
-Remove dried up grease from inner parts and reapply grease.

Chances are your dad's watch needs a good cleaning and regreasing.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yeah... I'll be paying somebody to do all that. My hands aren't quite that steady, but it was fun to watch and gave me a hopeful attitude about what is to come.
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Redwing
Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Pwnzor, thanks for this post, it shook loose an old memory.
My Grandfather gave me a Bulova watch for my grade school graduation in 1964.
I cracked up family members at the time when I remarked (innocently) this must be pretty good because it's a Bull of a watch.
I still have it somewhere, I will have to go on a search, having relocated umpteen times it is buried in a moving box someplace.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Redwing, go find that watch so we can see it!

I just heard from Barbara at oldfathertime, she said my dad's watch was made in 1969.

Stay tuned for more info, I think I am probably going to send the watch to them for evaluation.
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Buellish
Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 04:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This discussion made me think of a Guy Clark song.
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Whisperstealth
Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 05:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Great Post Buellish! About brought a tear to my eye...
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Buellish
Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 06:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It always brings one to mine.I didn't show my dad enough appreciation when he was alive and now I'd give nearly anything to have him back.
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86129squids
Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 09:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Loves me some Guy Clark... great song.

I've got my old Seiko that my grandfather gave me, stupidly destroyed it and the faceted bezel when I lost a footrace, tripped, fell. Me .

Keep us posted here on the progress! Heck, I've got a couple of old Swatch watches I'd like to get running...
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