Bulova Accutron Repair and Restoration by Accutron Watchmakers 101 Airstrip Road
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Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-371-1656
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Hobbyists

...will typically scour the internet hawking their need for old, used components to install in "Your" watch.   Every week we receive Accutron watches for "re-repair" that a hobbyist has ruined.  Usually the Accutron owner is so upset they refuse to contact the hobbyist again to try to remedy the problems.  We find all sorts of wrong parts or procedures when we open these watches -- most are not even cleaned. 

We're now receiving so many of these hobbyist "jobs" that, depending on the severity, our watchmakers are beginning to refuse acceptance of them. But it's very hard not to sympathize with Accutron owners' issues.  They were promised quality Accutron repair with genuine Accutron OEM parts and claims of being an "expert" in repairing Accutron watches, and all at cheap, cheap prices.  Right....

Here's what came in today

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This was received, not running of course, but upon opening the watch to prepare an estimate we first saw that the gasket was about 50 years old and crumbling into the movement.

 

 

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Next, take a look at the coil form screw, rusted.  This should have been either treated and rust removed, or better yet, replaced with a new screw.  Under higher magnification, it's clear that the movement was never cleaned.

 

The following photos are from several watches in the previous few weeks. 

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Jewel holes are gummed and gunky.  No oils present, thumb prints and goo covering the plates.  Scratch marks, scribed initials, dirt. 

 

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches
Clearly never cleaned judging from all the hand/finger prints.

 

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches 
Terrible condition of this gasket.  Definitely never replaced.

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches
Initials scribed again, and pawl safety bridge is missing,,,,again.  I wonder where all these parts are ending up?

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches
Mis-threaded screw, rusted and definitely should have been replaced with a new one.

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches
What a disgraceful mess.  Look at the "pocking" on the plates.  Never cleaned or polished.  This kind of corrosion spreads throughout the movement given enough time.  Oh, not to mention the fingerprints.

Accutron Hobbyist Repair Butchered Watches
Come on, really?  A rusted fly back spring, in a filthy case back.  What are these customers truly paying for?  Hobbyists claim to love these timepieces and this is how they treat them.  Accutrons are famous for being able to run while "mildly" dirty, and these hobbyists are taking full advantage of that by replacing a battery and shoving it out the door.

Over the years, we've found paper clips, rubber bands and all sorts of things in these movements.  Most often we find many parts MISSING.  Hobbyists will typically complain about the prices that professional watchmakers charge.  Of course, that makes sense.  It's the only thing they have, in a craft where they're not qualified.

A primary canon of ethics of professional watchmaking is to affect the service in a manner that leaves the timepiece in as close to original manufactured condition as humanly possible.

We'll try to post more photos as time permits.  If interested, read our Accutron Nightmare story (it's in no way unique, it was just the first) 

 

 

 

 

 

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