First thing to do with a vintage watch
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    First thing to do with a vintage watch

    Hi all! I just bought my first vintage watches: a Bulova Accutron and a Gotham Gothamatic. I intend to wear them both. They both have original, or at least branded, straps, although I am considering changing the straps.

    I will set them and see how they keep time over the course of the day. Beyond that, since I don't know when they were serviced, should I immediately have them serviced?

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    Re: First thing to do with a vintage watch

    Personal experience was I bought an Accutron with unknown history and put an Accucell in it. It ran great for a month, ok for a month, then stopped. Sent it in for a service and it's run perfectly for three years.

    There was a post a while back on the watchmaking forum about how an Accutron will keep running without service until it wears through the pivots. Pictures were provided.

    Also, you can check out the Accutron forum for a list of watchmakers who will service these and feel free to ask questions over there. There are a lot of enthusiasts who enjoy keeping an entire stable of these running.
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    Re: First thing to do with a vintage watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Peterroehrich View Post
    ... should I immediately have them serviced?
    Yes.
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    Re: First thing to do with a vintage watch

    On another note, if you are going to collect accutrons, know that these can get costly to service. If money isn't an issue, then carry on. But if venturing into vintage watch collecting, most all watches a person buys will need serviced. Some won't cost as much as others. Some learn to service their own. I collect a few myself, but I'm more of a displayer than wearer and I very seldom run them. It would break my bank if I had all my watches serviced. Some think this is a waste of collecting watches but it is my preference of collecting. Just a couple things to consider with the hobby. Enjoy!!!
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