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    Service advice.

    Does anyone know of a place that can service a 1977 Bulova Accutron Quartz which uses the 242 caliber step motor movement? I've tried a couple sites that only work on the 214/218 tuning forks but that's all they do.



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    picklepuss:
    Good luck with that.
    Back in my train drivin days my daily wearer was the 214 Bulova.
    It was hard enuff to get service (other than repl batteries) locally.
    I can imagine how difficult it must be to get service on a 242 cali-
    bre these days. Still own 4 Bulovas BTW.

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    Re: Service advice.

    Rob B in Thailand.


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    Re: Service advice.

    with a watch like this... wouldn't Bulova be a good option ?
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    Re: Service advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfsatz View Post
    with a watch like this... wouldn't Bulova be a good option ?


    The current Bulova isn't equiped to service vintage watches like this.

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    Re: Service advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by pickle puss View Post
    The current Bulova isn't equiped to service vintage watches like this.
    Interesting.. the current Bulova as in Citizen ?
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    Re: Service advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfsatz View Post
    Interesting.. the current Bulova as in Citizen ?

    Yup. 214/218 tuning fork and this 242 caliber are pretty much limited in repair options due to part scarcity. I have a couple guys that work on the tuning forks but the 242 appears to be a whole nuther challenge.

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    What is wrong with it? I know it doesn't run...have you tried a new battery? I have one, bought it used abt 9 mos ago and it runs great, the only time it loses time, or gains, is when I change the date. So I don't change the date...mine is stainless n7.

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    Re: Service advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by pickle puss View Post
    Yup. 214/218 tuning fork and this 242 caliber are pretty much limited in repair options due to part scarcity. I have a couple guys that work on the tuning forks but the 242 appears to be a whole nuther challenge.
    I love that model. The Railroad Approved is the only 242 that was of any interest to me. I started a restoration project on one some years back but gave up in frustration. I wish you better luck.
    Can we see some photos of the movement and the inside of the case back? I'm guessing that your movement will be stamped 2423.11 but there are several other possibilities. The movement number is located underneath the battery.
    You may find this handy:
    https://watchguy.co.uk/technical/Bul...avelle/242.pdf
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    Re: Service advice.

    pickle:
    Correct me if i Err
    But wasm't there a 218 RR wristie as well?
    I kept my 2 RR pocketwatches til Dev 2016.Then flipped both
    for a tidy profit. Both Hamiltons. A 992b and a 950b.
    992 had a Montgomery dial.

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