Accutron 214 repair, restoration, sales and information

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Bulova authorized and jeweler recommended since 1998
Dr. Jeffrey A. Hoffman at work 

Visiting Astronaut Jeffrey A. Hoffman - Hubble Telescope Repair Mission


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Specializing in the repair and restoration of first edition Accutron 214 caliber timepieces

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Frequently asked questions


THE INCOMPARABLE ACCUTRON 214
The Worlds First Electronic Timepiece

Accutron Changed Everything:
Index Mechanism

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

The 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.

There's Chapter Ring Spaceview

no 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 feedback.


The Workshop:
 
My equipment allows me to modify or make parts and specialized tools that are impossible to obtain by any other means.

Photo left: Former Astronaut Jeffry A. Hoffman.  Wikipedia & NASA
Photo right: Jeff Hoffman, Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics at M.I.T.
 (Doctor Hoffman on the left) and yours truly.

 

Quality Assurance:
Check out my published Price List and my One Year or Two Year Guarantee on parts and labor.


Very Truly Yours,

Martin Marcus

Marblehead, Massachusetts

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