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Electric WW Bulova Accutron Quart 2431.10 repair

Monte87

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working on a Bulova Accutron Quartz 2431.10 movement.

Trying to find info on this movement - but haven't had much luck.

Watch won't run with a proper battery installed unless I jump the (-) battery connector to the trace on the board that is physically apart from the connector...

Should that trace make contact with the connector or is something else wrong?

- thank you for any light you can shed on this!

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Monte87

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Where's the battery contact screw?
Does the contact connect to the circuit?

Your photo doesn't quite show.
I didn't have the screw inserted when I took the picture - sorry.

What you can't see in this pic, is the gold trace on the circuit board under the battery contact and screw. But that trace doesn't have continuity to the long thin trace shown in the picture...
The battery contact clamp has a prong that sticks down into the hole between the two points I indicated on the picture.
I think those two points need to make contact but I can't find a picture or example from a working movement...
 

Chris Radek

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Yes of course they should be connected, because a trace doesn't go clear across a circuit board in order to go nowhere. Especially when it points right to an obvious pad that also isn't connected to anything. Especially when connecting the two makes it work. You did a good investigation, trust yourself!

Some joker mangled it when changing the battery. You can just solder a little jumper and fix it.

Here's a picture out of a July 1979 technical letter for the 243 which I'm not sure is exactly what you have, but it looks close, and there's a nice long connected trace there:


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whizzer

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If you are not comfortable soldering circuits you might try silver conductive glue. I've used for a similar problem.
 
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Monte87

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Yes of course they should be connected, because a trace doesn't go clear across a circuit board in order to go nowhere. Especially when it points right to an obvious pad that also isn't connected to anything. Especially when connecting the two makes it work. You did a good investigation, trust yourself!

Some joker mangled it when changing the battery. You can just solder a little jumper and fix it.

Here's a picture out of a July 1979 technical letter for the 243 which I'm not sure is exactly what you have, but it looks close, and there's a nice long connected trace there:


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Thank you. It all makes sense now...

The prong that sticks down from the battery clamp must have lined up with a hole on the board to properly orient the clamp. Someone attempting to change the battery must have only loosened the screw - and then forced the clamp to rotate out of the way of the battery... And that must have torn right through the trace and the board!

I will solder a jumper or try silver conductive glue. Many thanks!
 

Samantha

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That was a common problem with inexperienced people changing the battery in a 243. They wouldn't loosen the screw enough and the tab on the cell strap would cut that trace. Those were good movements, similar to the 245 series, but not interchangeable. Please post if you do or do not have success in repairing the circuit. It's not in your picture, but there should also be a magnetic shield that covers the movement.
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Monte87

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That was a common problem with inexperienced people changing the battery in a 243. They wouldn't loosen the screw enough and the tab on the cell strap would cut that trace. Those were good movements, similar to the 245 series, but not interchangeable. Please post if you do or do not have success in repairing the circuit. It's not in your picture, but there should also be a magnetic shield that covers the movement.
Samantha
I soldered a tiny wire across the gap in the trace... The watch was running so I installed the protective film and then the magnetic shield. I left the watch running on my bench overnight but this morning it had stopped.
The battery was drained but a new one didn't make the watch run.

What is the proper cell for this movement by the way?
 

Samantha

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A good cleaning may take care of it. Those were good movements and didn't usually have many issues (the most common issue that I would see with them was that trace being cut.
Samantha
 
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Monte87

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A good cleaning may take care of it. Those were good movements and didn't usually have many issues (the most common issue that I would see with them was that trace being cut.
Samantha
Thanks - I will give it a good cleaning and post how it goes!
I will be on vacation for a bit so I may have to finish this repair in a few week...
 

Monte87

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After a long summer trip, I got back and finished the repair on this Bulova.

The soldered trace is working fine and the watch runs well now that the battery clamp is making good contact with the battery.
Thanks for the help & advice everyone!
 

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