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Electric WW Bulova Accutron Quartz Battery Replacement

Tom Noesges

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Aug 18, 2006
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Hi -

I have a customer who brought me an Accutron Quartz watch in which he
replaced the battery and the watch is still not working. Before I open
this case, is there something special required to get this watch to
run? What type of battery is indicated for this watch?

This watch was new in 1983.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks and regards,
Tom Noesges
Member NAWCC #163109, 400-Day #168, Georgia #24
 

John Runciman

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The only way to determine the type of battery that this watch uses is to remove the back to determine the movement number.
 

Tom Noesges

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Aug 18, 2006
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Hi John -

I replaced the battery and still not working. Is there some procedure I am missing?

The contacts inside the watch (Minus is upper pointer and Plus is lower pointer in pic) are clean.

The 371 battery is an equivalent to the 605 indicated and I checked it with my volt meter. The meter indicates 1.55 volts.

Any help please ...

Thanks and regards,
Tom Noesges
NAWCC 163109
 

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John Runciman

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Tom

As far as putting the battery goes you're doing it right. Sometimes the insulator falls out yours is visible so that's ok. In the picture the crown appears to be pulled out the watch will not run unless the crown is in.

One of the problems with quartz watches is that it's commonly thought that changing the battery will fix all problems. The analog quartz watch has gears that are lubricated the same as a mechanical watch and like a mechanical watch they need to be cleaned/lubricated from time to time. The other problem quartz watches have is the electrical circuit and/or coil may be bad.
 

Tom Noesges

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John,

I did try it with the crown pushed in.

I'm going to take it to a local watch shop here in Woodstock for cleaning and inspection. Thanks so much.

Tom
 

Tom Noesges

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Hi -

All done. The Bulova Accutron Quartz takes a Bulova #605 battery cell or equivalent. A few drops of watch oil to lube up the 20+ year old analog movement and he is running.

Thanks for helping out,
Tom Noesges
NAWCC 163109
 

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