A factory original Bulova Accutron Spaceview 10K gold filled watch manufactured in 1976. This timepiece has a 10 carat gold filled case with stainless back and a see-through skeletonised dial. The watch presents well on the wrist and the movement is running strongly and keeping time. The watch is fitted with a black leather strap. New batteries are readily available for this watch.
Of all the wrist 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 developed 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 first 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 collectible of all Accutron watches. However it was introduced to the market by pure accident. 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. Today Spaceviews remain the most sought after of all the Accutron range.
Case: 10 carat gold filled bezel with a stainless steel back , in good condition, measuring approximately 38 mm from lug to lug and 34 mm across. The serial number "N6" on the back of the case denotes the year of manufacture, 1976. Presenting very well on the wrist, the case shows the expected signs of regular use with a few tiny pit marks on the bezel but no dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to point out to you.
Watch Face: factory original see through skeletonised style with good correct white hands and the correct Accutron crystal which is clean and clear.
Movement: cal. 214 Accutron Tuning Fork movement running strongly and keeping time. If you hold the watch to your ear you can hear it humming.
Strap: black leather lizard grain strap measuring, attached to the watch approximately 207 mm from buckle tip to last hole.