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    Need help IDing Grandfather's watch

    Hey folks...going through some desk drawers today and stumbled upon my grandfather's old watch given to him by the company he worked for, Wyman Gordon.
    The dial says "Accutron," with a date window and the crown at 4 o'clock;

    The caseback says "Bulova," "10kt. Rolled Gold Plate Back," "Water Resistant," "Gold Electroplate Bezel," "9-11-50," and his name.

    I really don't care if it's worth $1 or $1,000, I'd just love some information on it. The crystal is really domed, and I can't wait to get it serviced (anyone know how much $$ it might cost to get it running?) and on a new leather strap...thanks so much for your help, it means a lot to me.






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    OK, so I think it's an Accutron Bulova 219 circa 1975; now my main question is: how much $$ will it cost to service & get it running? Thanks!

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    Re: Need help IDing Grandfather's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by meliaant View Post
    OK, so I think it's an Accutron Bulova 219 circa 1975; now my main question is: how much $$ will it cost to service & get it running? Thanks!
    Looks to be in nice condition. There are several folks who will fix these if they are fixable... A couple of hundred dollars is a ball park. Sometimes less. If more, it probably can't be fixed.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Need help IDing Grandfather's watch

    Any forum members fix these, or can anyone recommend a good place, preferrably in MA or the northeast?

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    Re: Need help IDing Grandfather's watch

    Hi there,

    everything matching: N5 on the back indicates 1975, 25 years after 1950
    though.

    As long as no watch destructors get in touch with these movements, they
    are pretty durable, and probably a new battery will get it running. And if
    the watchmaker knows how to do, the service asks less effort than for a
    manual wind movement.

    But if it doesn't at least start humming with a new battery, you have a
    problem: There are not many watchmakers who can repair it, and even
    less having access to the meanwhile rare spare parts.

    However, these watches are not actually rare, and if necessary, it should
    be possible to find a worn down but still running sampel as donor.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Need help IDing Grandfather's watch

    Thanks Roland, very helpful!

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