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    The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    Please see my next post on why I started this thread.

    Hopefully the information I pull together here will be useful and possibly save some future WIS some time when it comes to Accutrons. I'll keep this post updated as people reply with new info.

    A Very Quick Summary of the Accutron (wikipedia):
    Released in October of 1960, Accutron watches use a tuning fork instead of a balance wheel to keep time. Powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator circuit, it is called the first "electronic" watch available. A forerunner of the quartz movement, the Accutron was guaranteed to be considerably more accurate than mechanical watches of the time. The last Accutron's were produced in 1977.

    Service and Repair Options:
    Bulova no longer produces or supports the Accutron models. As such, finding quality service and repair providers can be difficult. Here's what I've found, with whatever supporting information available. I'm listing these in somewhat alphabetical order.


    Accutron214.com
    Email: [email protected]
    Prices: $325 for 214
    Notes: Only works on 214 movements, testimonial from an astronaut

    electric-watches.co.uk
    Location: UK
    Email: None.
    Prices: Not listed.
    Notes: Appears to be closed until at least March 2018.
    Info: Mentioned by minuteman62 here.

    members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/acc.htm
    Location: Thailand.
    Email: [email protected]
    Prices: $100 for all standard services.
    Notes: Name may be Rob Berkavicius.
    Info: Recommended by minuteman62 here and here (Second link: "...does all mine...prices are extremely reasonable and his work is second to none..."); recommended by tayloreuph here

    MyBob.net
    Location: Normal, IL
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 309-287-2627
    Prices: $195 for 214 and $245 for 218
    Claims: "The ONLY Bulova Recommended site for all Vintage Accutron Repairs, Professional, Courteous, and Affordable!"; "I know the gentelman who [purchased all of Bulova's Accutron parts] before passing."
    Info: Recommended by bobandshawn here

    oldfathertime.com/accutron.htm
    Location: Powells Point, NC
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 252-371-1656
    Prices: $65 estimate fee, undisclosed for repair
    Claims: "Having purchased Bulova's remaining parts inventory many years ago..."

    starfindings.com/w-repair.html
    Email: [email protected]
    Info: Mentioned by minuteman62 here

    watchrepairusa.com
    Info: Mentioned by davemachin here
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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    As to why I started putting this together...

    I just received a 1971 blue face Accutron 214 from my mother that belonged to either my father or grandfather. Obviously that comes with a lot of meaning, but I had no idea the cool history behind the piece. I wanted to get it serviced and running (but not restored, as I want to maintain the patina and dings and scratches put on it by family in the past), and want to make sure I choose the right place.

    As of now, I'm leaning toward Rob in Thailand based on the testimonial here, but am hoping others can chime in on the pros and cons of any of these and others they may have found around the world.

    I will update the OP as new info comes in, so if something is wrong or needs to be added, just reply to the thread!

    Thanks!

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    I can highly recommend mybob...he worked on my Spaceview several years back.

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    I've used Rob B successfully for 3 restorations, one warrantee repair, and he currently assessing a 218 Rail Road, with the option of exchanging the Bulova replacement movement back to a 218 and proper hand set. I've had no problem.


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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    You will pay at Old Father Time.

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    Great info. Thanks for this! I have an astronaut that I would like to get serviced eventually.

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    Notes: Name may be Rob Berkavicius”

    Definitely is Rob Berkavicius, an Aussie living in Thailand.

    Just had an Accutron serviced by Rob a few weeks ago. No problems shipping back and forth, although it does take time. 10-12 days from the US. He gave me a very detailed quote, quickly serviced the watch and answered my few questions in a very timely manner. The watch has been keeping great time since. Very communicative and I’ll be using him for my only other Accutron.

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    As mentioned before in a post, I only use Rob B. (that was from trial and error with others through the years). I have used several well known guys in the States and even though they brag about their service on their websites, they just don't stack up to Rob B and his attention to detail, great communication and speedy service. He has a passion about accutrons and pocket watches I haven't seen in a repair person in along time. All of my accutrons that were serviced stateside have now gone through Rob B for a complete restoration. Boy, did I waste my money with some US vendors. So being patient with shipping to him is the only thing. Here's are a few of his latest creations.




    This is a M1 movement on a 1961 Gold Spaceview I had him meticulously restore. Stripped the plating, replated the movement pillar plate and restored the rest. Unreal attention to detail.

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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    I wholeheartedly concur with the sentiments expressed above. Rob is without peer in his abilities and passion for Accutrons. These just came back from service on 2/27.


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    Re: The Definitive Accutron (214, 218, etc.) Service and Repair Thread

    I've heard good things about Ludmil Balevski in Bulgaria, and have one tuning fork watch with him now for service. He was very good with providing estimate information before sending it, and a quote once he received it.

    This is my first tuning fork watch I'm having serviced, so I have no results information yet.


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