Watch Repair


<p>If you are looking for someone in your area who can repair your vintage Bulova watch or just looking for advise to help you repair the watch yourself, please ask here.</p>

Service in South Central MA

Submitted by Greatwhitewing on September 27, 2023 - 8:17am
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L1 (1951) mechanical needs full cleaning, crystal and band. Like to take it to a person and look into their eyes to trust my sentimental heirloom

I live in southern Worcester county, MA aka Blackstone valley

A new forum format I am not used to so I hope I posted correctly


Vintage Watch Repair, The Do's and Don'ts

Submitted by JEV1A on July 14, 2023 - 8:53pm
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The Do's and Don'ts of Vintage Watch Repair by John V. - Time & Again 

After hearing many horror stories about Vintage Watch repairs here is a quick guide and what to look out for. 

Do not send your watch to a United States P.O Box. Contact the Watchmaker or Company and ask for a physical address and Google that address. A watch sent to a USPS P.O. Box is a red flag. It may be legit but it could very well be a setup where you may never see your watch again. If the watchmaker cannot supply a physical address then run away! 

Expandable band for Bulova Academy Award

Submitted by JermR82 on May 27, 2023 - 1:28pm
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Hello, I have an original band for the  1950 Bulova Academy Award W but it's too small. I located another band and I'd like to add or take away links. Does this band come apart? I'd attach a picture but I'm not sure how.

This is the band on someone else's watch on here but the same as I have

Next steps for a running vintage Bulova

Submitted by DelKimbler on November 4, 2022 - 11:15am
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My Bulova Aqua Queen, 1965 vintage with movement 7BPC has cleaned up well cosmetically. New crystal, and case looking good. I put it on Watch-O-Scope and it is running about 8 sec/day fast, amplitude 334 degrees and beat error 7.8ms. I think this looks pretty good. Is there anything I can/should do for this? Is cleaning and lube asking for trouble?



1959 Sea King gaskets

Submitted by levine98 on October 26, 2022 - 1:29pm
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I've been working on restoring two late 1950s Sea Kings (I think).

One of the things I was not able to accomplish is fitting a fresh gasket to case. This is supposed to be a waterproof watch, but when I first cracked open the case I had to remove the old gaskets because they were deteriorated beyond use. Unfortunately I have not been able to find any NOS gaskets for this watch, and none of the flat gaskets I have in my assortment package from Otto Frei come close to fitting (all too wide plus too small or too large diameter).

Where can I find crystals for my vintage Bulovas

Submitted by wakeman33 on July 8, 2022 - 1:56am
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I'm a very new watch repair hobbiest. I really enjoy taking apart, cleaning, and putting together watches. But I have struggled to find Watch parts and identify watches. I have two Bulova's I really want to get ready to be worn. The last I need for both watches are crystals.

the first watch I believe I have identified as a 1942 Bulova Alexander. This watch has a very oddly shaped crystal and I have attempted to find one on Cousins with no luck.