Bulova Accutron Spaceview electric tuning fork watch dating to 1960, made of stainless steel with an asymmetric bezel set with 14 carat solid yellow gold inlays. Manufactured just one year after the Accutron was first introduced, this watch will be of interest to Bulova Accutron aficionados as it houses one of the early 214 movements which requires the setting button to be pressed home once the time has been set. In excellent original condition, the watch presents very well indeed and the serviced movement is running strongly and keeping time. Please note that new batteries are readily available for this watch.
Of all the watches manufactured by Bulova and they produced hundreds of different models over a span of more than half a century, the Accutron Tuning Fork electric watch, first introduced for sale in 1959, is one of its most iconic and highly sought after models. The Accutron was ahead of its time in both design and technology. The electric watch had only been released to the retail market a couple of years earlier in 1957 (by Hamilton). With many Accutron variants produced, the futuristic Spaceview model is probably the most collectable of all Accutron watches. However it was introduced to the market by pure accident. In 1959, Bulova provided their dealers with watches with the dials removed, a bespoke a printed crystal and white hands to display the tuning fork mechanism and the green coloured circuitry inside the watch. These converted watches were purely display products, to show the new innovative technology. To convey a sense of excitement about these new watches, Bulova linked the new technology to the US space programme, hence the name "Spaceview. The advertising worked, but not as intended by Bulova. People loved the Spaceview display model and wanted to buy them. So dealers sold their display models and they flew off the shelves. As a result Bulova added the Spaceview to its range of Accutron models a year later in 1960. Today Spaceviews remain the most sought after of all the Accutron range.
Case: made of stainless steel with an asymmetric bezel set with 14 carat solid gold inlays, in very good condition indeed. It shows the expected light marks from careful use over fifty eight years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of significance that I could see to draw to your attention. It measures approximately 41 mm from lug to lug and 34 mm across. The outside of the rear cover is marked " Bulova " and "M0" which signifies the year of manufacture (1960). Although the case is marked as waterproof, due to the age of this watch I do not guarantee its water resisting capability.
Watch Face: see through skeletonised style with an Accutron crystal which is clean, clear and correct. The hands in very good condition.
Movement: cal. 214 Accutron Tuning Fork movement, recently serviced, running strongly and keeping time. If you hold it to your ear you can hear it humming. Please remember that after the time has been set by lifting the ring on the back of the case you need to press the central button home after you have reset the ring, otherwise the watch may not run properly.
Strap: generic good quality black leather strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 212 mm from buckle tip to last hole.