Accutron 214 Repair and Restoration Price List


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Specializing In The Cleaning, Repair And Restoration of First Edition Accutron 214 Caliber Tuning Fork Timepieces.


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REPAIR SERVICE PRICES

1 Year service and repair guarantee (parts and labor)
 Full restorations 
(parts and labor) 2 year guarantee
Restoration Service Prices

BASIC 214: Repair Price List (all non hacking models including Spaceview)
Prices do not include replacements for damaged or missing  parts.
Basic 214 Service: $325.00 plus parts and return, insured shipping.

Includes:
Detail case, clean, lubricate, and adjust movement to work correctly with a readily available 1.5V battery.
Disassembly, cleaning, inspection and light polishing of all case parts. (bezel, back cover, battery hatch, setting stem, and threaded lock ring)
Installation of replacement parts. (
if any)
Light crystal polish. (
restores transparency and shine, does not remove deep scratches)
New installed 387/394 Energizer battery.
New gaskets.
New stainless steel spring pins for your band or bracelet.


RAILROAD APPROVED: (and all other hacked 214's) Repair Price List
Prices do not include replacements for damaged or missing  parts.
Hack Model Service: $350.00 plus parts and return, insured shipping.

Includes:
Detail case, clean, lubricate, and adjust hacked movement to work correctly with a readily available 1.5V battery.
Disassembly, cleaning, inspection and light polishing of all case parts. (bezel, back cover, battery hatch, setting stem, and threaded lock ring)
Installation of replacement parts. (
if any)
Light crystal polish. (
restores transparency and shine, does not remove deep scratches)
New installed 387/394 Energizer battery.
New gaskets.
New stainless steel spring pins for your band or bracelet.

What is a "Hacked" model?  The hack is an additional factory installed 214 feature which stops the tuning fork when the recessed setting stem is lifted. The "hack spring" is highlighted in the photo at right. Correct adjustment of this feature is critical. This feature will only work if the tuning fork magnets are strong enough to self-start the movement when the stem is lowered back into its recess.


ASTRONAUT: Repair Price List (hacked model plus rotating GMT ring)
Prices do not include replacements for damaged or missing  parts.
Astronaut Service: $375.00 plus parts and return, insured shipping.

Includes:
Detail case & bezel ring, clean, lubricate, and adjust hacked Astronaut GMT movement to work correctly with a readily available 1.5V battery.
Disassembly, cleaning, inspection and light polishing of all case parts. (GMT ring, bezel, back cover, battery hatch, setting stem, and threaded lock ring)
Installation of replacement parts. (
if any)
Light crystal polish. (
restores transparency and shine, does not remove deep scratches)
New installed 387/394 Energizer battery.
New gaskets.
New stainless steel spring pins for your band or bracelet.


COIL MODIFICATION: $95.00 (optional for most 214's) Is your Accutron running way too fast? regulator diode will permanently cure over-active movements.

DEPOSIT: $75.00 - (all models
A deposit of  is required. The deposit will cover the cost of inspection and return shipping should you decide not to proceed with the repair & restoration. The deposit will be applied to the total if repair is authorized.


 RESTORATION SERVICE PRICES

CRYSTALS: 
Sand, buff, & polish old crystal - $20.00 (removes all but the deepest scratches)
Generic Crystals -
$20.00

Reproduction Crystals - $45.00.
Clear Original New-Old-Stock Crystals - individually quoted
Spaceview Crystals - $75.00 and up

STAINLESS STEEL BEZELS:
Buffed and polished - $95.00

GOLD & GOLD-FILLED BEZELS:
Gently buffed and polished - $75.00

ASTRONAUT (24 hour rotating) BEZEL RINGS: ** 
Disassemble, clean all parts, re-paint numbers, and restore circular graining - $125.00 (engraved rings only)

REAR COVERS: ** Cover After
Full Restoration: $150.00 - Buff all angled surfaces. Restore circularCover Before-After Composit  graining on the setting stem and battery hatch. Restore straight   graining on rear cover. Buff stainless steel lock ring.

Partial Restoration: $95.00 - Buff angled surfaces and restore circular graining on setting stem and battery hatch.

 

LUMINOUS DIAL RESTORATION: 
Basic Dials: $45.00 - Remove old luminous, clean dial markers and apply fresh high-glow luminous paint.
Astronaut Dials:
$145.00 - Remove old luminous, clean dial and apply fresh high-glow luminous paint.

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Various luminous configurations

RESTORE LUMINOUS HANDS:
All Models: $95.00 Clean, and apply fresh high-glow luminous paint:

REPRODUCTION SPACEVIEW HANDS:
White luminous hand set: $75.00 -  Photos: (Chapter Ring type left)  (Alpha type right)
                                        

RESTORE LUMINOUS CHAPTER RINGS: *
All Models: $125.00 Clean, and apply fresh high-glow luminous paint:

RESTORED CHAPTER RINGS: R523 - 32.5mm.jpg (30057 bytes)  R524 - 31mm.jpg (30028 bytes)
Silver luminous chapter rings: $125.00
    R523 - 32.5mm (left) Case # 2531 (stainless steel)
    R524 - 31.0mm (right) Case # 2528 (gold filled)

METAL BRACELETS: 
Ultrasonic cleaning: $15.00


BRACELET CLASPS:
Full Restoration:
(1960's JB Champion Clasps shown below) $95.00
Restored Accutron Clasp


Other band and clasp restorations (photos right) quoted individually

PLEASE NOTE:  Because each restoration project is unique, firm quotes can only be given after careful inspection.

*Ultra-bright, long lasting, long glowing Strontium Aluminate crystals. 
**
Same as original factory finish. Removes or hides all but the deepest scratches.


 COIL MODIFICATION:  Is your running way too fast?
The electronic circuit in your 214 (commonly referred to as the coil) was designed to run on 1.35 volt mercury batteries which are no longer sold in the USA. Currently available silver oxide batteries produce 1.55 volts. Perfect adjustment of the index mechanism was not as critical with the lower voltage of mercury batteries as it is with silver oxide batteries. The higher voltage (+0.2V) can cause some movements to run too fast due to double indexing. If this happens to your 214 it is usually because  the adjustment of your Accutron was borderline in the first instance and you will have to have the movement professionally adjusted.

A readily available 1.55V silver oxide battery usually works well and most 214's can be phased (adjusted) to run properly without any difficulty but there are some movements which can only be described as over-active. The adjustment of an over-active movement with a 1.5V battery is so tenuous that any external force will cause the movement to speed up. This explains why some watches run great on the dresser but too fast when worn while others will run well for a while until a hard bump causes them to slip out of adjustment.

Notched ForkThe bottom of each 214 tuning fork tine was notched at the factory to set the frequency (click photo). A relative few have tuning forks that were cut to the thinner end of their tolerances. This was OK when the magnets were energized by 1.3 volts but at 1.5 volts these forks are over-active. This causes them to index two teeth instead of one either periodically or with every stroke. Previously the only way to correct the problem was to replace the tuning fork with one that has thicker tines but that is not a reliable solution to the problem. Experience has shown that quite often, the watch will run well for months after the fork is swapped, but the movement is still susceptible to speeding up after suffering a severe shock.

Fortunately there is a way to permanently solve the problem. A diode which lowers battery voltage in the circuit by 0.2 volts can be installed in the coil. This is really the best possible solution to the problem. The watch will perform as it did when new, battery issues will be resolved, and the life of the coil will be extended. Whether actually needed or not, this inexpensive modification is highly recommended. It is not noticeable and it is reversible.

The micro-thin coil wire used in your 214 is already working against the ravages of age. Running an over-voltage of .2V through the delicate wire can't possibly be a good idea. The other delicate components in the circuit will not benefit either. Even if your 214 runs well with the new batteries, the longevity of your coil could be at risk. There is no longer any doubt that all 214's will benefit from a reduction in voltage back to the original 1.35 volts.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Martin Marcus

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 Please be advised: I never get up from my microscope to answer the phone which seems to ring constantly, even on weekends. Telephones are a curse for people who work under a microscope. Experience has taught me that every minute spent with a phone in my hand will only be added to my backlog and there is nobody else here who is knowledgeable enough to answer your questions. I do however, reply to all of my business related e-mail every evening. My replies contain detailed information and / or links to a page on this web site where information can be found. To contact me by e-mail simply click on the link above.  

PLEASE NOTE: I regret that I am not able to reply to folks who are just looking for information, advise or have questions about 214's that are with other repairers. There are just too many of you and my focus will always be on my own customers. Thank you for your understanding.

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