This is a smaller job – it’s just that the winding pin has come loose, and it won’t fit back in. On the 218, you have to be very careful when unscrewing the locking-piece screw to take the winding pin out – a bit too far, and you won’t get it back in. So I will have to dismantle the bottom plate to get to the pull-out piece.
No serial number and no year indicator on the back, which I think means that the back has been replaced at one point.
If you click on the photo above and zoom in, you can see “N6” stamped into the wheel bridge under the pull-out piece screw. So the movement dates from 1976.
The dial and hands aren’t in great shape. It looks like mold damage to me, and there is little I can do. If you try to get the mold off, you will also remove parts of the dial…
Having taken the day wheel off, the date wheel assembly is next.
Slowly working my way to the pull-out piece.
Now that I have access, I can move everything back into place and fit the winding stem.
Now it’s back in reverse order. The day wheel pawl and spring are very tiny, and I spend 20 minutes on all fours after it’s pinged off – only to find it’s still on the bench 😉
Having put the case and bracelet through the ultrasonic cleaner, I case the movement again. The mold stains on the dial are here to stay I’m afraid.
Still one of the more beautiful Accutrons – I like the round case and the dial.
I’ll leave it humming for a day, and will then do the final adjustment.