SORRY I HAVE BEEN PURCHASED
This watch is a rarely seen Bulova Accutron Astronaut dual time tuning fork wrist watch manufactured in 1968. What makes this watch rare and consequently highly collectible, is that compared with other Accutron models, including the Spaceview, the Astronaut was not produced in large numbers which is why it is rarely seen. I have to travel to the USA to find one but even there, where they were originally manufactured, they remain difficult to find. In 15 years this is only the 6th one I have manged to acquire and in terms of condition it is the best. It is in absolutely amazing condition. The case has crisp sharp edges with hardly a mark on it and the dial is pristine. The condition of the watch is close to new old stock, having clearly received very little use over the last 51 years. It comes with a stainless steel Accutron bracelet and houses the cal. 214 movement which runs very well, and it keeps time. The watch has a dual time function with two hour hands. The hand with a luminous tipped arrow can be adjusted to any time zone using the rotating bezel. I have included a link below to show how to set the dual time. The watch is signed on the case, dial and movement. Please note that replacement 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 is one of their most collectible and highly sought after models. With many variants produced, the Accutron was ahead of its time in both design and technology. When the Accutron was first introduced in 1960, the electric watch had only been released to the retail market three years earlier (by Hamilton in 1957) and it was to be another ten years before the quartz watch would be introduced and quickly dominate the market.
Case: stainless steel in fabulous condition with hardly a mark to be seen. It is just amazing . The case measures approximately 41 mm from lug to lug and 38 mm across. The outside of the rear cover is marked " Bulova" and is marked M8 which denotes the year of manufacture, 1968.
Dial: in pristine condition, finished in black with luminous coloured batons and dots marking the hours. The dial is signed "Bulova Accutron Astronaut".
Movement: cal. 214 Accutron Tuning Fork movement, running strongly and keeping time. If you hold it to your ear you can hear it humming. The ring on the back of the case is lifted and turned to set the time. To set the dual time, follow the instructions contained in this helpful link http://members.iinet.net.au/~fotoplot/accset214rb.htm
Bracelet: Bulova Accutron stainless steel bracelet signed with the tuning fork emblem on the deployment clasp. Attached to the watch it will fit a wrist size of approximately 185 mm. There is adjustment at the deployment clasp to fit a smaller wrist.