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 collectable 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.
The watch presented for sale is a Railroad Approved calendar model manufactured in 1966. American railroads used clocks and watches to control the the timing of rail traffic until the introduction of computers and electronically controlled timekeeping, towards the end of the 1970's. Bulova was one of the major approved railroad watchmakers. The Accutron 214 and 218 Accutron models were so accurate, they were obvious choice for the needs of the railroad. The design of the dial is similar to the the American railroad pocket watches used by railway personnel in the late 19th century and the early part of the twentieth century. The popularity of a Railroad Approved Accutron is second only to the Spaceview. If you are looking for one of these models you will be hard pressed to find a better example. It is the sought after "Bow Tie" model. It looks stunning, runs beautifully and keeps time. The watch has been fitted with a new good quality leather strap and the crystal was replaced recently so this timepiece is ready to wear. The watch is quadruple signed, on the case, dial, crown and movement. Please note that replacement batteries are readily available for this watch.
Case: stainless steel in superb condition. It can hardly have been used for a fifty year old watch to be in such beautiful condition today. As you must expect, it shows very light signs of careful use over fifty one years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of significance that I could see to draw to your attention. It measures approximately 43 mm from lug to lug and 35 mm across excluding the signed crown. The outside of the rear cover is marked " Bulova " and "M6" which signifies the year of manufacture (1966).
Dial: in excellent original unrestored condition, finished in antique white with black Arabic numerals marking the hours and an inner 24 hour track marked by red Arabic numerals. The dial is signed "Accutron Railroad Approved". The date aperture is located at 3 o'clock.
Movement: cal. 218 Accutron Tuning Fork movement, running strongly and keeping time. If you hold it to your ear you can hear it humming. The quick set date function operates correctly.
Strap: generic brown leather strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 211 mm from buckle tip to last hole.