Bulova 1966 Accutron

Submitted by Mhaggerty on August 27, 2012 - 9:40pm
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This 1966 Accutron was my Grandfather's watch, my Dad inherited it in the 80s and I inherited it last year.  I was relieved when I opened the battery case and saw that the battery had been removed for storage during all those years.  I am not sure how much use the watch received in its day, my Dad was not a watch wearer, so it had been stored without use since the 80s.  There are some scratches on the crystal, but nothing major, one has to look hard to notice. 

I did some research on the battery replacement, read good reviews on the accucells and placed an order.  After installing the new accucell in the battery chamber, I was a bit nervous to hear the humming but no movement.  I gave the watch a few taps, as was recommended and hooray, the second hand started moving.  The 1st accucell lasted a little under a year, which I read was typical.  I am on my second battery and it's keeping great time (keeping up with iPhone clock). 

I've done a little research on getting it serviced, but am not confident anyone in my area knows their way around an accutron.  It's working fine now, but does anyone here recommend I do get it looked at?  I do have a concern, if I take it in to get it serviced, I will receive a watch back not keeping as good of time as it does now.

I do not know anything about the actual model type...I know it is an accutron 214 and I've seen a couple of comparable dials.  The back says it's 10 K.T. gold filled bezel, stainless steal case.  Is this a typical model?  It does not seem to be anything fancy, just a typical model popular at the time, but if anyone could shed some more detail on the particulars of this model, I would appreciate it.


Accutron 1966 Bulova watch
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1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
William Smith
Posted August 28, 2012 - 2:22am

Nice Accutron 214 and it's in beautiful shape...and a third generation family heirloom.  How cool is that!

Geoff Baker
Posted August 28, 2012 - 5:31am

Accutron 214, documented from father AND grandfather, original box, clam shell dispay case, fabulous condition.


Posted August 28, 2012 - 2:11pm

214. Hi, if you look in the drop down menu under SEARCH, you can click on mybulova watches,and search through the files for Accutron 214's, and read through any info there, should be some good stuff.

Posted September 17, 2012 - 9:26pm

No model names given by Bulova to most of the Accutron watches. The 214 designates which of the six different calibers of Accutron movements is in your watch. Accutron movements do not need as frequent service as regular mechanical movement watches. Bulova recommended not servicing them until the watch no longer ran properly. However, given the age of all Accutrons and if service history is unknown, it is advisable to have a trained Accutron watchmaker service your watch. Since it is running well and keeping good time, it most likely will only need cleaning and lubricating. Yes, it is possible to have your watch returned not keeping quite as accurate time as it does now. There is a art to regulating an Accutron and it does require some time to assure good accuracy. I regulate those in my collection over a period of time. A watchmaker In Bulgaria I use regulates the Accutrons he services to +2 seconds/day and used a watch winder to simulate wrist movements and position changes.

Posted September 5, 2015 - 10:44pm

Yes it should prob be serviced and at the same time be "re-phased" to run on the newer 1.5 volt batteries....

Hey are you the same oliverb from watchtalk forums !