Bulova authorized and jeweler recommended since 1998
Former Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman
and yours truly
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Specializing in the repair and restoration of first edition Accutron 214 caliber timepieces
Is your 214 running way too fast?
THE INCOMPARABLE ACCUTRON 214
The Worlds First Electronic Timepiece
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.
Also see: The Social History & The Paradigm Shift
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 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, but the machines were scrapped long ago and none of the major parts in a 214 are being made by anyone today.
Fortunately during the 17 years of 214 production there were upwards of 15 million 214's sold worldwide and working parts watches are still available. All parts obtained today are either new-old-stock from a jewelers estate, or salvaged from working tuning fork movements. Disposable parts such as gaskets and crystals are currently being made and are readily available from Bulova. I have been repairing Accutron 214's and collecting 214 parts for nearly a quarter of a century with the result that I have built up a huge inventory which is constantly being replenished.
Accutron 214 Repair:
All of my repairs are done by appointment only. My minimum requirement is basic service at $200 for most models plus parts and return shipping. Your 214 will be stored at my bank in a safe deposit box, my insurance covers WIP (work in progress). I ship using USPS Priority Mail (fully insured) with Delivery Confirmation. (tracking) (signature required at destination).
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 parts and specialized tools that are impossible to
obtain by any other means.
Visiting Astronaut Jeffry A. Hoffman - Hubble Telescope Repair Mission.
Photo right: Doctor Hoffman
- Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics
at M.I.T, (on the left)
and yours truly (on the right).
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