Bulova Accutron Spaceview (1972)
Ref. 214 | Cal. Bulova 214 Electronic tuning fork movement | Diameter 38mm
Bulova Accutron movement
Accutron is world's first electronic watch. It has a tuning fork movement that vibrates 360 times per second. This made it possible for Bulova to give each Accutron buyer a written guarantee of accuracy to a minute a month.
Bulova showed their first Accutron watch to the public on the 25th of October 1960. The Spaceview became by accident the most famous one. The Accutron display model dealers used to show the technique behind the watch, became the one people wanted to have. So dealers removed the dials on some of their Bulova watches to meet this demand. This was the start of the Spaceview.
50th Anniversary Accutron Spaceview
In 2010, when Bulova celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Accutron, they released a limited (1,000) and numbered range of Spaceview. It was an exact replica of the 1960 model. Despite it's retail price of $ 5,000 each, they were all sold out even before going into production. That's the strength of an icon watch!
Reinventing Time: The Original Accutron
In August 2020 HODINKEE wrote an indepth article on the Bulova Accutron. How it came about, what role it played in horology history and what made this timepiece so intriguing and fascinating. And how it was the inspiration for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France that was built in de late 1960's. An article that I recommend all of you interested in watch history and the Bulova Accutron Tuning Fork.
Bulova Accutron Snorkel Electronic (1973)
A beautifull ladies Bulova Accutron Snorkel Diver with a bakelite bezel. Accutron calibre 2303 tuning fork movement. On original Accutron signed steel bracelet. Measures 30mm (excl. crown). Date @3 o'clock.
Bulova first introduced its Snorkel diver in 1961. After being redesigned in the late 60's to withstand pressure to a depth of 666 feet, it was rebranded as the Oceanographer Snorkel. Because of the Biblical connotations of its 666 foot depth rating, the Bulova Snorkel is sometimes referred to as the 'Devil Diver'.