Manhattan Time Service – Watch Repair

2 WEST 46TH STREET #400, NEW YORK NY, 10036

The Fascinating Evolution of Timekeeping Accuracy in Electronic Watches

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The precision of digital watches has advanced over time. Is the electrical aspect of watchmaking technology more reliable than its mechanical predecessor? The answer is contingent on a variety of elements, yet as a general rule, the more oscillations per second in a watch’s mechanism, the more exact its time measurements. Early electronic watchmakers worked to enhance the rate of oscillations for the balance and hairspring. Other than specialized chronographs, Clock Ticking Sound & Spiral Watch Effect 4Hz was considered to be the maximum frequency achievable due to issues of wear and lubrication. Standard frequencies for the first electromechanical watches with a balance wheel and escapement were not able to be improved for accuracy.

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The pioneering Bulova Spaceview 214 Coil timepieces, able to be serviced with ease thanks to the parts availability and know-how associated with them, utilizing a resonant tuning fork with a frequency of 300 Hertz as a primary advancement. This subsequently made it possible for even more accuracy to be achieved by incorporating a basic electronic circuit.

But the advancement that truly revolutionized the game was the introduction of the integrated circuit, along with the use of a Quartz oscillator that ran at 32.768 HZ, both of which were revolutionary steps in this sector. Electronics made it feasible to separate this frequency within a small area, allowing for an entirely digital display or using a stepping motor to power a gearbox and traditional analog display device.

Vintage tuning a Bulova Accutron Space View calibre 214 requires the attention of an expert watchmaker, as even the slightest mistake can result in irrecoverable damage and costly repairs. Therefore, it is essential to only have certified watchmakers work on these timepieces. We specialize in restoring iconic vintage Bulova watches, such as the Accutron Astronaut from 1963, the AccutronAffordable Vintage: 1969 Bulova Accutron Deep Sea Deep Sea, the Railroad Approved, the Gemini dual timezone, and the Spaceview 50th edition released in 2010. If you need to repair your timepiece, please check out our page here:

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The following busses stop near our location in mid-town NYC: M1 – 5th Ave/48th street, M2 – 5th Ave/47th, M3 – 5th Ave/ 46th street, M4 – 5th Ave/44th street, M5 – 5th Ave/40th street, Q32 – 5th Ave/53rd street, QM2 – 6th Ave/44th street.

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We are conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan at 2 west 46th street #400, between 5th and 6th (closer to 5th) across the street from Ranch1 restaurant.

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