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    Finally joined the Hummer club

    I bought a 1967 Accutron 218D over a year ago, that wouldn't work. Took it apart and put it back together again, but while it would hum with the pawl's disengaged, it stopped as soon as I tried to set it to run. I put it aside at the time, figuring that when I was older and richer, I'd pay someone to fix it.

    Then fate intervened. I virtually attended a nearby auction, and picked up a watchmakers bench for $100, along with a seven drawer chest of Bulova parts. The bench was probably the best thing I've ever bought; they never bothered to inventory the contents, and I came out with a Foredom rotary tool, a nice swivel work light, a Witschi watch timer, an Accutron Watchmaster 700 testing tool, and drawers and drawers of high quality watchmaking tools, tweezers etc, including an Accutron 218 movement test holder (the Watchmaster plugs into it, allow the electronics to be tested easily), and probably various other Accutron specific tools. I'm guessing the watchmaker whose stuff they were auctioning off used to specialize in Accutrons. The Bulova parts drawers included several Accutron 218's in various states of dissasembly, and a wide array of NOS replacement parts.

    With all this 218 repair stuff suddenly in my lap, it was almost like I was being given a message. So I immediately turned to my old Accutron and started back into it again. And after a week or so of tinkering, Voila! Turned out that the cannon pinion was loose and needed to be tightened up a bit. Didn't even need to use any new parts!

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    you lucky so and so buying all that equipment lol. glad to hear you have finally got it working, are you the new accutron expert now for the whole of canada.lol

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Most excellent! How did you find out about the auction?
    I've been looking at Accutrons lately too - mostly Astronauts though.
    Something or another about a fork........


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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Indeed - an excellent story. Congratulations - and we look forward to many more Accutron resurrections.
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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Great work... glad to hear of another watch being brought back to life!

    Looking great as well... congrats!
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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Good to know. ;) Glad your watch is back in running order...All that watch repair equipment, what Auction was this...I am going to have to keep my eyes peeled, I'm also looking to get a proper work bench / work Area.
    It's always nice to start out doing watch repair with all the right tools.. you sound like you scored there !!

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Looking forward to getting the accutron I recently picked up serviced and on my wrist as soon as possible. Glad to hear another has joined the club!
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    Very nice! The 218s are a little harder than the 214s to get right, but when you do, they are fantastic.
    You were so fortunate to get that equipment, long since destroyed by Bulova years ago.
    "My grail showed up today"

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    I have some envy issues over your bench...

    Grrr.

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    Re: Finally joined the Hummer club

    congrats, and thanks for the great pics, and story - there is no such thing as coincidence!

    The humming fork was a great invention. Question : is it true that the Apollo 11 mission (or another mission) left an Accutron clock on the moon as part of the measuring equipment there ?

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