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Fully restored 1973 stainless steel Bulova Accutron Spaceview watch

The Bulova Accutron is a watch that has such a cult status, and by far the most popular one is the Bulova Accutron Spaceview such as this one here.

The Accutron differs to a standard quartz watch in that the battery powers the tuning fork and not only gives the centre seconds a beautiful smooth sweep as it goes around the dial, but also its very unique and distinct "hum" when placed next to the ear.

Made in 1973, the TV screen shaped case measures 36mm across and with the setting crown under the case, this also removes the crown from the side, giving the case a very smooth and sleek look to it. However it is not just the fabulous Retro shaped case that makes it stand out – it is of course being able to see the movement which is just mesmerising. With the two orange coils visible and set among the green circuit plate, this along with the orange seconds hand really stands out. With white hour and minute hands and white index markers on the outer edge spaced apart by grey minute sections, this is certainly one watch that will always get the attention that it rightly deserves.

Fitted on its original band, the watch has undergone a major restoration and is in superb condition.

Complete with our twelve month warranty, this is one watch this is sure to be a conversation starter every time that it is worn.


Stock# W1834cc

Maker: Bulova

Model: Bulova Accutron Spaceview

Circa: 1973



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Fully restored 1973 stainless steel Bulova Accutron Spaceview watch

Bulova was founded by Joseph Bulova in 1875 in New York, with manufacturing and assembly of parts being done in both Switzerland and New York. During the 1950's, watch companies began developing the first electronic watches with both Elgin and Lip making a prototype battery powered watch in 1952. By 1957, Hamilton released the first one to the public - the Hamilton Electric 500. While exciting, they did encounter many problems, some of which was that the balances kept moving by magnetism and they were no more accurate than traditional mechanical watches, and combined with the fragility of the parts and difficulty to repair, a new system had to be developed.

Bulova used a different approach which was instead of using a balance wheel of any kind, the Accutron (which what they were developing) used a tuning fork. Vibrating at 360 times per second, this made it more resistant to aspects which would otherwise make it less accurate. What Bulova had done, was create a watch that became incredibly accurate and now highly sought after.

With the second hand now having a beautiful sweep that allows it to move so smoothly, it also had another very unique feature - its hum". When put to the ear, one can hear a faint, yet audible hum, or buzz from the tuning fork.



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