How to Restart a Bulova Marine Star

by Will Charpentier

The Bulova Marine Star is a self-winding watch. If you lay the watch down, or tuck it in a drawer so the self-winding weight does not turn the mechanism that winds the watch, the watch may stop. Restarting the watch is just a mild inconvenience. The self-winding feature may wind the watch's mainspring a bit when you pick the watch up. However, you may have to take a few more measures to get your watch moving again.

Step 1

Observe the watch’s second hand. If the second hand is not moving, make sure the crown -- the watch winder -- is pushed in all the way.

Step 2

Watch the second hand. If the second hand is not moving, pull the crown out until it stops. Wind the crown clockwise. The watch should begin to run.

Step 3

Examine the second hand again. If the second hand is still not moving, grasp the watch firmly and move your hand vigorously to move the weight that powers the self-winding feature of the watch.

Step 4

Observe the second hand a final time. If the second hand is not moving, download a Bulova Service Request Form at and send the watch to the Bulova Repair Center in Queens, New York.


  • If you own a Bulova Marine Star model with a quartz movement, have a jeweler install a new battery. The watch should start as soon as the battery is replaced. If not, send the watch to the Bulova Repair Center.

About the Author

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.