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    Flea market find

    Can you help me identify this watch and give any advice on battery replacement and cleaning. Thank you
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    Re: Flea market find

    Its a Accutron M4 (1964) 'Swiss Chapter Ring' Style very similar to this pic. Battery is a 387s (or a 394/w spacer) for most Accutron 214s but it really depends if it even runs and the condition of the movement. That dial looks like it has seen better days and that is a major issue when restoring these watches (Long wait times on dial repair). I would certainly look into getting the movement serviced at the very least.



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    Can a jeweler who sells Bulovas service this watch?

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    Re: Flea market find

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    Can a jeweler who sells Bulovas service this watch?
    It depends on what you mean "SERVICE". They may be able to replace a battery but today's Bulova watches are completely different then the Accutron Tuning fork watches of the 60's and 70's so it would depend on what the jeweler has as far as old school knowledge of tuning fork watches. Some may have the ability but most won't. You would have to ask them. Its probably better to just send it to a place that specializes in Accutron Tuning fork repair.

    East Coast USA Accutron Repair Guy: Starfindings (Ernie Goldman)

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    Is replacing the battery something I need specialized knowledge to do or is it just a simple battery replacement? Thanks for all your help minuteman

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    Re: Flea market find

    Its fairly simple battery replacement.

    Accutron 214 Battery Installation

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    Another question. At the 6 o'clock position it says USA so is this a USA made Swiss movement? I've been researching and one site indicates the serial number on the back indicates a Swiss made watch but then the USA on the face indicates a US made watch. What do you think? Thanks

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    Put in the new battery and it doesn't work. The guy at the flea market lied.

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    Re: Flea market find

    Energizer 387S or 394 with plastic spacer from a 387S, place with positive side down into the watch, leaving the plain, negative side up. If the watch doesn't start up immediately, give it a sharp whack on the side of the case. This can assist to "jumpstart" an older piece.

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    Put in the new battery and it doesn't work. The guy at the flea market lied.
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    387s and tried the sharp whack. Could hear the tuning fork saw the second hand move a little then nothing. The battery I pulled out was corroded. I tried wiping out the battery compartment still nothing. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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