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#4554046 - 10/25/17 10:51 AM 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch
gman2304 Offline

Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 3086
Loc: n.c.

My 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 stopped working over a year ago so I had a local watch repair shop clean and refurb it. It would hum but the hands had stopped. I got it back after a week, and it is running beautifully, though it is gaining a couple of seconds in 24 hours, [according to the world clock on my ipad] but I'm OK with that. My quartz watches are more accurate, but I've always been fascinated with the unique battery powered tuning fork movement and the sweep second hand, {it doesn't tick per se} especially considering the Accutron debuted in 1960. All the NASA moon missions had a Bulova Accutron clock mounted in the space capsules instrument panels and Bulova gave each astronaut a new Accutron astronaut model watch as a gift. Mine is the no frills base model, but I do have the original box, battery hatch tool and period Kreisler band. The link provides a lot of interesting history.

#4554064 - 10/25/17 11:12 AM Re: 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch [Re: gman2304]
thastinger Offline

Registered: 10/23/17
Posts: 62
Loc: VA
Does it have a 1.5V battery in it? If so and doesn't have the diode mad that is why it is running fast.

#4554091 - 10/25/17 11:33 AM Re: 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch [Re: thastinger]
Variant_S Offline

Registered: 02/14/17
Posts: 28
Loc: SW of Chicago, IL
A friend of mine sends his Accutrons to a former Bulova employee who repairs them, including the mod to use a present-day battery. I recall him mentioning that the repair queue is a few years long.

#4554119 - 10/25/17 12:04 PM Re: 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch [Re: gman2304]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1174
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
I have a '73 gold 218? Accutron that was my grandpa's - the back is engraved with his name and "GM Assembly Division, 1948-1973". The Accutron movement is really cool, and their watches are stylish, too.
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#4554202 - 10/25/17 01:37 PM Re: 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch [Re: gman2304]
Chris Meutsch Offline

Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 2632
Loc: Cincinnati
Looked that watch up.....what a piece of ART.
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#4554304 - 10/25/17 03:46 PM Re: 1967 Bulova Accutron 214 watch [Re: gman2304]
EdwardC Offline

Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1886
Loc: Chicago, IL
I've always wanted a tuning fork bulova, just for the unique mechanism. Definitely check that it has the right battery or that it was modded appropriately for the higher voltage battery.

I'd you like the sweeping hands, check out Bulova's Precisionist line.