Repair of RR's, Swiss, & Other Hacked 214's
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Specializing In The Cleaning, Repair And Restoration of First Edition Accutron 214 Caliber Tuning Fork Timepieces.

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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 photos at the 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.

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I work on first edition 214's only. If need be, I will help you to verify that your Accutron is a caliber 214 before you send it. The 214 is set from the rear of the case by lifting a spring loaded "C" shaped lever. Also on the rear of the case is a slotted hatch cover which unscrews to access the battery. If your Accutron has these features it is a 214. Click on the thumbnail image (left) to see a larger photo.


The Repair Process

Contrary to popular belief, the grade of stainless steel used for watch cases will rust over a period of years. Water gets in between the metal parts where it can stay wet for days. The inevitable result is shown in the photo at right.AlphaFixture2.jpg (12216 bytes)

The repair process begins with the disassembly and ultrasonic cleaning of all case parts. Rust and/or corrosion (if any) is then removed with hand tools and wire brushes. The bezel receives a light polish to restore shine and the crystal is lightly polished to restore transparency.

The back cover is taken apart. The parts are cleaned and rust is removed. A new gasket is installed on the battery hatch, the setting stem is lubricated and if necessary the battery contact spring is bent back into its original shape. Finally the rear cover is re-assembled.

The movement is dis-assembled. The Coil, Tuning Fork and Pawl Bridge are carefully cleaned with soft wood picks and bristle brushes. All other parts are ultrasonically cleaned. The parts are re-assembled, lubricated and the movement is adjusted. The hack mechanism is adjusted to stop the movement when the setting lever is raised. The dial and hands are installed. The movement is run for 24 hours in a bench fixture before being put back into its case. A new gasket is installed, and the cover is closed. The watch is then observed for approximately two weeks, during which time, fine adjustments can be made.

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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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