The Accutron Place
Repair & Restoration
and jeweler recommended since 1998
Specializing in the repair and restoration of first edition Accutron 214 caliber timepieces
Is your 214 running way too fast?
The Social History
THE INCOMPARABLE ACCUTRON 214
The Worlds First Electronic Timepiece
Index Wheel Video
Prior to 1960 no wrist or pocket watch, regardless of price,
had ever achieved the standard accuracy of an Accutron. Three centuries before
Accutron, the "balance wheel" and "escapement" method
of timekeeping was invented, and it remained the basic technology of mechanical
movements until November 24, 1960. On that momentous day, an
inherently accurate timepiece with only 12 moving parts went on the market and rendered escapements and balance wheels unnecessary.
In fact, Accutron is the grandfather of all modern quartz watches.By the beginning of 1961, a timepiece that separated
every second into 360 equal parts could be found in stores all across the USA and
around the world soon after.
new technology was inherently accurate and even more incredible is the fact that the very finest of today's mechanical chronometers can have hundreds of moving parts and yet, the ticking of their balance wheels
still can't exceed 8 beats per second.
The Paradigm Shift
The Accutron 214 Caliber Movement:
The single most important
distinguishing feature of Accutron 214's (1960 to 1977) is that they do not
tick. Put one to your ear and you will hear the distinctive hum of the electronically driven tuning fork that
is the heart of the Accutron 214 movement.
mistaking a 214 for an ordinary vintage wristwatch. The conversion from vibratory to rotary motion is so smooth that the second hand appears to move continuously.
The 214 is the only Accutron caliber that sets by lifting a spring loaded "C" shaped lever on the back of the case, and it's also the only Accutron that has a battery hatch on the back cover that unscrews to access the battery compartment. It was the first of its kind and collectors consider them to be "First Edition" Accutrons.
Accutron 214 Parts:
Parts are the life's blood of any repair service. Many of the unique parts in a 214 are still considered to be an engineering tour de force, as were the remarkable machines that Bulova built to manufacture them.
Production of 214's ended in 1977 but by law, Bulova was requred to
supply parts for another 10 years. Sometime in the 1990's, Bulova
stopped making 214 parts and unfortunately, the machines were scrapped,
but they had enough left over inventory to continue repairing tuning
fork models for several more years. Eventually they used up their
inventory of the most critical parts and they stopped accepting 214
repairs altogether. During that time I stocked up on enough inventory to
last me for another decade or more.
All of my parts are quality checked, and
covered by my one year guaranty.
Accutron 214 Repair:
All of my repairs are done by appointment only. My minimum
requirement is basic service at $325 for most models plus parts and
I make no compromises when it comes to the quality of my work and
over the years I have accumulated hundreds of
repeat customers, many of whom have been kind enough to provide
allows me to
modify or make specialized repair tools that are impossible to
obtain by any other means.
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