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How do I remove the back on a vintage accutron astronaut mark II watch? The ring comes off, but I can't figure how to get the back off after that.

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The back is threaded and generally requires a special tool. This may not be a perfect solution, but go to www.accutronwatches.com This guy is really good, can fully service and repair these things, and his prices are cheap compared all others I have seen or used.

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What it worth


You ask "what it worth" and show a watch so I guess you want to know the value of a watch.
The resolution of your photo is rather bad but it looks like aBulova Accutron. You are not specifying the materiasl, presume it's not gold. Depends how old is it - yours looks like a vintage model and if in good conditin, might have some value. I can't really appreciate it's real conditiom, photo is not favoring. I guess it should worth about 100 dollars but you should take it to a jeweller or to a pawn shop and get it evaluated.

TIP: Go to ebay and browse all those Bulova Accutrons on sale, if you see some simoilar to yours.

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Value/ year made


The year made cannot be determined from the SN. Since the '50s Bulova used a 2 character date code, usually below the SN. The letter is the decade, the number is the year. For example, M4 is 1964, N6 is 1976, O5 is 1985, etc. As to value, if it is from 1960 through 1976 (M0 thru N6) it is a "true" Accutron, with a tuning fork movement, is collecrible and valuable, and the actual value depends on which specific movement and which case. Some 1977 (N7) Accutrons are akso collectible rtuning fork watches, but some 1977s are Bulova's first quartz watches, and of no value. Bulova eventually went mostly automatic (self-winding mechanical movement) with their Accutron line. Those are well-made, mid to upper-mid level watches, and of no particular value beyond that of most any good used automatic. Note, however, that there have been numerous versions of the automatic Accutrons, some fancier and nmore expensive than others, and, s ith any good watch, original cost will have an effect on value as a used watch. For example, that retailed at, say, $500 new in 2009 will be worth more today than one that was $250 new in 2009 (assuming comparable condition). There are also now some Accutron IIs, which mimic, in looks and the sweep second hand, the original tuning fork Accutrons. However, while they are well-made watches, they are just another nice quartz watch.

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Any idea what a Bulova watch, 14K white gold, number on back case 962158. Any idea what it is worth?


I'd need more info. First, is it a "real" Accutron, made from '60 to '77, or is it one of the things Bulova kept calling Accutrons after they stopped making the tuning fork movement watches? The quartz so-called Accutrons are just a nice old watch, not worth anything special. The self-wind "Accutrons", which Bulova is making now, are just a nice, mid-range aurtomatic watch. On the back of Bulova watches is a date code, usually right under the serial number (SNs themselves really mean nothing where Accutrons are concerned). The code is a letter and a number. If it begins with the letter M, or if it begins with the letter N and is followed with a 0, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. or 6, it is a "real" Accutron, and is collectible. Some with N7 (1977) are also, but it depends on the actual watch. Bulova did make some quartz so-called Accutrons in '77. If it's a '60 thru '76, and SOME '77s, it has value beyond the scrap gold price. SOME Accutrons are even worth thousands of dollars. White gold Accutrons, compared o yellow gold or stainless, are rarer. Next, WHICH Accutron is it? is it a 214, a 218, a 219, a 220, a 224, or a 230? If it's a man's watch, it is very unlikely to be a 220 or 230 series, If it does not have a winding stem on the side, it is a 214. 214s are the most valuable. If it has a setting stem at 3 o'clock or 4 o'clock, it is either a 218 or 219 (I'd have to open the back and look at the movement to say which ine). If it says "Accuquartz" on the face, it's a 224 (NOT a quartz - the 224 Accuquartz is a hybrid of tuning fork and quartz crystal). Once we know the movement series, we need the case type. Certain cases are much more valuable than others. Then there are the Spaceview, the Astronaut, and the Deep Sea, 3 specific models they made, which are more valuable than most (but not all) of the other cases. The best I can say right now is that, being white gold, there's a good chance it's one of the more desireable specific models. If it's a 214, ESPECIALLY if it's a 1960 (M0), it's worth quite a bit more than just the gold content. To be more specific, I'd have to see a picture of the watch, which I don't think can be posted here. Try looking up "Accutron" on Ebay and see if you can find one that, if yours has a stem, has it in the same place as yours, with the exact same case - same shape, and exact same lugs (the things on either end where the band or strap is attached). Read the description. The description will probably say the movement (214, 218, etc - in fact, the movement may even be in the listing title) and if it is niot just a plain round case, probbly will say the case type (Alpha, Asymmetric, Butterfly, etc.). If it's an Astronaut, a Spaceview, or a Deep Sea, it will certainly say that. Also, look at the Accutron section of the Bulova entry in Wikipedia. (Yeah, I wrote it, but it has info that just might help you pin down exactly what you have) When you find out more about which Accutron it is, post another question under Axcutron watches here. I'll check every couple of days for the next week or so, and if I see your post, I'll narrow down the value some more.

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I have a antiqe bulova serial#1769634 need to know more


some Info with pics on old Bolovas can be found here 'http://www.mybulova.com/search-bulova-watches' the first 3 numbers of your case S/N returns a 1971 Accutron Astronaut Mark II.

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Accutron 2181 hums and second hand turns smoothly...BUT... the watch "stops" after a while and may re-start on its own, but loses large amounts of time. I have viewed the mechanism using a high...


With a watch of this age (assuming that it has been well used), it is likely that there is terminal were on the gears.

If you look closely at the mechanism when it has stopped, I would expect to seen a tooth that is more worn than the ones either side of it, causing the adjacent gear to miss engagement.

Comparison of teeth my be subjective, as I would expect many of the teeth to be showing wear.

I suspect that the only long term solution is a complete overhaul, if Accutron have the appropriate parts still in production.

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How do I tell what model Accutron I own? I obtained it as a graduation present in 1972. The serial number is H233723.


The only people who are likely to be able to answer your question is accutron (assuming that they keep records that far back- which they might).

Go to http://www.bulova.com/brands/accutron/accutron.aspx?brand=accutron and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on "contact us"

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mcdevito75 here, Bulova Accutron, nice watch, of course there are many, many factors that go into the value of any watch, depending on Maker, Model, Condition of the watch also. I would figure your Bulova Accutron is in the area of $125.00------- $200.00 range. Your best bet is to find a jeweler in your area or an appraiser, even online for the latest value of your watch.

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mcdevito75 here, The movement number tells all, but I would figure the yaer somewhere in the 80"s and value at $250----$350.-- Accutron very collectable watch. Look for a small watch repair shop in your area for more accurate info. Hope this hepls.

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