Question about Watches
I have a Bulova Marine Star 96B01 watch (purchased circa 1996). A few months ago it starting acting erratically so I replaced the battery but that didn't help. I brought it into a repair shop and they quoted me $275 for an ''overhaul''. The watch was $375 new, so this quote is probably over half the value of a new watch, so I opted not to have it overhauled.
I was planning on having a look at the inside myself, so I took off the back and started carefully removing components. I wanted to take a picture of the arrangement of the tiny gears before proceeding further, but the watch slipped when I was moving it and 3 of the little gears fell out and I can't figure out exactly where they go....
I want to perform whatever is involved in a normal watch cleaning operation of the inside, and get it reassembled so I'm hoping for some help in what needs to be cleaned, what to use to clean (alcohol ?) and if I need to add oil or grease to any parts after cleaning. Unfortunately, I can't find a link to a manual with illustrations on the net so I am really stuck for guidance :( Hopefully there is a watch expert here that can give me some useful advice :)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Go to "boluva.com", select your area.
Click on one of the pictures and enter your watch style in the search box (try 96D09).
When the details appear click on "instructions".
Posted on Feb 25, 2010
Copy "http://www.bulova.com/brands/bulova/bulova.aspx?brand=bulova#coll_id=30&coll_name=Marine%20Star&gender=1" into your search engine and you should arrive at the Boluva web site page listing Marine Star models.
I couldn't find your particular model but perhaps one of those listed is similar to yours.
Posted on Mar 19, 2010
The instructions seem simple enough and if the watchfails to operate correctly, I suggest that you return it under the warranty.
Posted on Jul 15, 2010
SOURCE: versus watch - Model #
I would send your watch to a Versace certified repair place to do the work on it.
I did a google search and found a couple of sites that work on Versace watches. This first one is definitely V certified: >>>> http://www.saltzmans-watches.com/services.html Copy and paste this address into your browser and the repair page will open up for you.
Here is another: >>>> http://www.watchrepairsusa.com/versace/watch-repair
Hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate your vote. Thanks,
Posted on May 30, 2011
For some reason you cannot find the manuals on the Bulova web site any longer. But don't worry....
I have the manual for the Bulova Marine Star 96C30 Watch. This is easily fixable.
Below, I have typed the instruction on how to fix this issue as well as reset the time and calendar and a few extra tips in case you forgot....
Here is what it says to do if the hands don't match up with the display time (usually happens after you change the battery).
First, you must locate the buttons on the watch.
The "A" button is at the 2 o'clock position (upper right). The "B" button is at the 10 o'clock position (upper left) The "C" button is at the 8 o'clock position (lower left) The "M" (mode) button is at the 4 o'clock position (lower right), and is the only button you can pull out to set the times, calendar and programming.
To RESET the watch and do the ZERO POSITIONING after changing a battery or having a display error, do the following.
RESET 1. Pull the "M" button out to the setting position. 2. hold down the "A", "B", and "C" buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds, then release them. All digit segments will turn on and display completely.
ZERO POSITIONING 1. Press the "B" button and all the segments in the digital time will reset to zero, with "UTC" showing in the main digital window. 2. Zero the "UTC" minute and hour hand (located in 12 o'clock sub-dial) to the 24 o'clock maker (straight up). Button "A" will move the hands clockwise, and button "C" will move the hands counter clockwise. 3. Press button "B" - "HR" shows in the main digital window. Adjust the main (large) hour hand to the 12 o'clock (midnight) position using "A" and "C" buttons. At the same time, observe the synchronized 24 hour hand (small dial to the left of the main dial), to insure that it also moves to point to "24". 4. Press button "B". "MIN" shows in the display window. Adjust the large minute hand to also point to the 12 using the "A" and "C" buttons. 5. Push the "M" (mode) button back in to its normal position. The watch beeps and at the same time the hands jump slightly. ALL RESET and ZERO POSITIONING are now complete. 6. Reset the time, calendar and other modes.
To set the time. Note that changing the time in any of the cities will automatically update the time for all the cities. 1. Press the "M" button to move the mode hand to (TME) 2. Press either the "A" or "C" button to move to the desired city. 3. Pull the "M" button out to the setting position. 4. Press the "A" button. SECONDS will blink. Set them with "C". 5. Press the "A" button again, and MINUTES will blink. Set them with the "C" button. 6. Press the "A" button again, and HOURS will blink. Set with the "C" button. 7. Press the "A" button again, and 12 or 24 hours tim format will appear. 8. Push in the "M" button to its normal position.
To set the calender 1. push the "M" button to move the mode hand to (CAL) 2. Set the city using the "A" or "C" buttons. 3. Pull out the "M" button to the "setting" position. The numbers of the "month" starts to blink. this is an "american" date system with the month first, day second, and year third. Use "C" button to adjust the month. 4. Push the "A" button. The date (day) will flash. Adjust with the "C" button. 5. Push the "A" button. The YEAR flashes. Adjust with the "C" button. 6. Push the "M" button back in. The calender is simultaneously adjusted for all cities.
Couple of other "tips".
Switching the time on the digital display with the time shown on the hands: 1. Press the "M" button until the mode hand is in (TME) or (CAL) mode. 2. Pressing the "A" and "C" button together. The time will switch the between the main hands (analog) and the digital display.
Temporary Hand Retraction Pressing and holding the "B" button will move the hands out of the way of the display. Repressing the "B" button will put the hands back at the correct time.
hope this helps.
Posted on Sep 14, 2011
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