Accutron Astronaut Repair

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Specializing In The Cleaning, Repair And Restoration of First Edition Accutron 214 Caliber Tuning Fork Timepieces.
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Astronaut Rear CoverI work on first edition 214's only. If need be, I will help you to verify that your Accutron is a caliberIndexMechanism2.jpg (30654 bytes) 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.


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 and the inevitable result is shown in the photo of the Astronaut bezel with its rotating ring removed at the right. The repair process begins with the dis-assembly, wire brushing, and ultrasonic cleaning of the case to remove caked on debris.

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 The back cover is taken apart. The parts are cleaned, a new gasket is installed in the battery hatch, and the cover are re-assembled.


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The bezel and bezel ring are disassembled, cleaned, and lubricated. The crystal is lightly polished and pressed over a flange on the bezel. The reassembled bezel ring can then be pressed over the crystal.

HackedMovement.jpg (30010 bytes)AstroAfter.jpg (159741 bytes)The movement is disassembled.  The Coil, Tuning Fork and Pawl Bridge are carefully cleaned with soft wood picks and bristle brushes. All other parts are ultrasonically cleaned. The movement is lubricated and re-assembled with any replacement parts that may be required. The hack mechanism (photo right) is adjusted to stop the movement when the setting lever is raised. The dial and hands are installed and the movement is run in a bench fixture for 24 hours 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.

 Astronaut restoration services can be found here: AstronautRestoration

Is your running way too fast? See the information at: AccutronBattery


Martin Marcus


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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