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    Accutron Technical Question

    On my other electric or electronic watches, I pull out the crown to stop the watch and save battery when not in use. But I just noticed that my Accutron continues to hum ( even though the second hand has stopped ) even when the crown is pulled. Seems to be working well, but wondered if this is normal. Didn't really want to take the back off to pull the battery, but I wear the watch so infrequently that it seems like a good idea to save wear and tear and battery life.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    All I can say is that it is normal, all of my Accutrons also do this. As per the wear and tear and battery life, I've seen it debated but I'm not sure if there was ever a conclusive answer. Some of the more knowledgeable Accutron collectors may know.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    Depends on the model. I think there was a real circuit cut off in the 218, but not the 214.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Depends on the model. I think there was a real circuit cut off in the 218, but not the 214.
    Not in 218 either. Circuit is not broken by pulling the crown. It's just a hack feature to set the hands.

    That's why I pull the battery when I'm not wearing the watch.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    It's only on one specific model of the 218 movement, the 218F.

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/acctech218.htm

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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    The 219s stop humming when you pull the crown. I just double checked with one of mine. I let all of mine run all of the time. I like the 219s, the have fewer parts than 218s and are just as reliable.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    And the 218G as well, which shared some parts with the 219.

    Probably important to remember that button-cells (especially the early ones), don't "store" all that well anyway, so provisions for storing the watch with the battery installed wouldn't have been a high priority.
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    Thanks all for the new information. Glad to know more about Accutrons!
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    Re: Accutron Technical Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Giotime View Post
    Thanks all for the new information. Glad to know more about Accutrons!
    No problem! They are my all time favorite watch and love talking about them. I have a group of friends that collect them and all of us think that its better to let them run...especially the 214s. But if you dont want them to run, take the battery out. All of us either know somebody or has had it happen that when a battery is pulled from a perfectly running watch, then re installed at a later date, the watch is dead. It is the strangest thing. Sometimes a plink with your finger gets them going but sometimes no. I have one friend that has his Dad's 2182 from 1970 that has been running since bought.....it has had the battery replaced every year or so and is still keeping accurate time.....amazing.

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