A sad Accutron index wheel

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  1. Chris Radek

    Chris Radek Registered User
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    Where mechanical watches just stop when run for a long time without service, Accutrons are strong enough to keep grinding away. Here's the ruined index wheel and pinion from a 2181 that was recently on my bench. The watch was still keeping time pretty well, but starting to lose a bit, leading the owner to send it in. The upper pivot has a shoulder worn into it, and the lower was spinning in a pile of rusty grit that filled the space between the jewels and wore the pivot into a point. Sometimes I find pivots stuck in the jewels, twisted clean off, probably when someone puts a battery in after the watch is sitting for a long time.

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  2. Skutt50

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    Interessting.......

    I have an Accutron that humms but does not run. I have looked at it several times but never had the right feeling to take it apart.....
    (So many small adjustments and I only have a loupe for magnification.)
    I must get my act together one day and dig into it......
     
  3. Chris Radek

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    I have serviced so very many of them, but I would not attempt without my microscope...

    It's tough because needing service is not seen in the performance of the watch. You have to do it on a schedule, the time to service it is when it's still apparently running perfectly! Not an easy thing to convince people.
     
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