Bulova 1974 Accuquartz

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Manufacture Year: 
1974
Movement Model: 
-
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
3 806304
Case shape: 
Square
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

This is a gold plated 1976 Bulova Accuquartz used to belong to my grandfather. It was presented to him for work he carried out for a bank during his employment, which is why it is stamped on the back plate with his name D.M. Slingsby and the year it was presented. I have tried to show as much detail as I can in the photo's On the inside of the back of the case it says that the main bezel of the watch is gold plated to 20 microns. I have managed to locate a new #344 battery and installed it, but the watch doesn't appear to be running. There is no obvious damage to the mechanism so I'm assuming it's an electronic issue?
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William Smith
Posted August 15, 2012 - 4:12pm

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The movement model is the 2242.  The dial says Accuquartz, the inside case back says Accutron 218?  I think the 2242 is the Accuquartz hybrid movement....tuning fork and quartz? 
EDIT  ignore my "inside case back says Accutron 218", as it's referring to the battery.

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bobbee
Posted August 15, 2012 - 5:22pm

Have you tried giving it a tap on the side of the case, to give the tuning fork a start? Don't really know much about these models, just repeating what more experienced members have said works sometimes.

JP
Posted August 15, 2012 - 5:23pm

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The interesting thing about accutron watches is that they won't run until you replace the case back. You won't hear the typical tick tick of a standard watch but rather a humming sound comming from the tuning fork. Try putting the chase back on and screwing it down and then look at the sweep seconds hand to see if it is moving. If it isn't, listen for the humming of the watch. If you hear that then you will need to take it to a Bulova accutron trained watch maker for service. What ever you do, do not take it to a normal watch shop because it takes special training to repair one of these watches.

It is well worth spending the money to have it repaired if that is what it needs because it is a piece of your family history and should be passed down to the next generation family member along with some of the history of your grandfather. PRICELESS.

It is a lovely watch and something to be proud of.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted August 15, 2012 - 5:47pm

I'm with bobbee,

1. Make certain the battery is installed correctly.

2. To jump start the forks give the Watch a slap to the face between the 9 and 3, it may start to hum....do these hum? lol

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DarHin
Posted August 15, 2012 - 5:53pm

Congratulations Mr Meister, you're the proud father of a healthy Accuquartz.

mybulova_admin
Posted August 16, 2012 - 7:05am

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Accuquartz

Geoff Baker
Posted August 16, 2012 - 7:43am

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Yes - model is Accuquartz, nice one too

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William Smith
Posted August 16, 2012 - 10:26am

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Accuquartz from me.

oliverb
Posted August 16, 2012 - 5:08pm

You have a very unusual cased Accuquartz watch. I have the exact same watch. The case takes a special steel insert into which the movement is set. There is an o-ring gasket under the steel insert as well as a flat gasket under the case back. It really isn't necessary to close up the watch to make it run after installing a new battery but it is good to at least snug up the back so the movement is covered and protected. If the watch has not run in many years, the lube oil may be stiff. A slight, gentle tap of the side of the case at the 9 o'clock position to a counter top may persuade the tuning fork to vibrate. BTW, the stepped side of the battery must face up in an Accutron, unlike other battery operated watches. If the fork does not starrt to hum after a few taps, it will most likely need service. The Accuquartz movement is different from all other Accutron movements and most watchmakers who work on Accutrons won't work on the Accuquartz. I use a watchmaker in Bulgaria who has all parts and equipment to service tha movement. Again, that case is rare for an Accutron. It is large and heavy as are more modern watches. Gold plating of 20 microns is reasonably thick but not the thickest used. Let me know if you have other questions.