Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

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    Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    I gave my new son-in-law who lives in Paris France a 1972 Bulova Accutron 2181 watch as a wedding gift. I had it serviced in the United States in June 2015 and shipped it to him in July 2015.

    He needs to find a watch repair shop in the Paris metro area. The hands are not moving. The tuning fork is humming.

    Can anyone recommend a watch repair shop who can look at his watch?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    Welcome to the forum! It's a shame we had to meet over a non-working Accutron. On the bright side, still humming is a good sign.

    The closest I've seen is someone in the UK. Can't vouch for his work, but here's the website: Service and Repair - Electric Watches
    For all I know about watchmakers in Paris, there could be a world-class specialist two doors down from your son-in-law, though.

    Good luck with it!

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    Re: Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    Thanks. I'll check it out. I've seen shops that advertise high end vintage watch service....for Rolex, Tag, and the watches in the stratosphere.

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    Re: Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    This has worked for me a couple of times when I've had the same problem with two different Accutrons. Give the watch a good flick along the side with your finger. Both times I tried it, the minute/hour hands began to work again.
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    Re: Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    Does the second hand move but not the hour and minute hands? That was problem I had and srrvice resolved it.


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    Re: Accutron 2181 Service and Repair Recommendations in Paris France?

    I'll preface this by saying it's a guess based on personal experience and the conditions you described above.

    I had a 218 go in for service, and come back running fine, within a second a day. A few months later, it started running about ten seconds per day slow, outside of what could be compensated for with the built-in adjusters. Looking into this, I found one of the information sites (that I can't find now, of course) saying it's possible for the index finger to need readjusting a few months after a service. With the help of the repair manual, I readjusted (phased) it myself in August and it's been within 0.5 seconds per day since.

    It's possible that the same thing happened with his watch, and was worsened by the trans-Atlantic journey. If that's the case, it's an easy fix for someone who knows what they're doing with the right tools. If he's extremely technical-minded, it can be done with a case opener wrench, 1mm screwdriver, Accucell battery, and the silver-oxide battery that's in it, but that's another post to itself.

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