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Fully restored 1973 stainless steel Bulova Accutron Spaceview watch

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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 ot the ear, one can hear a faint, yet audible hum, or buzz from the tuning fork.



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