“Graceful as a butterfly, hums like a bee..” – C.B
Bulova made the Accutron before the advent of commercial quartz movements; for its time it was the pinacle of watchmaking.
A 14k gold filled Bulova case.
Luminescent hands and dial in pristine condition.
The brushed steel sunburst dial sports a black and white date complication.
A fine chocolate brown strap has been fitted.
The reverse is engraved: ‘McGraw-Edison Power Systems Div Walter G. Morris 1948-74’ .
Date function is advanced by turning the crown, pull out to set time.
Work done to this timepiece includes a Comprehensive Oil Service and adjustment for accuracy.
5 Year Warrantee
The most precise timepiece of its day, the Accutron’s movement is regulated using a specialised electronic tuning fork, utilising a 360-Herz tuning fork, powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator. This set up is the one which drives the timekeeping function of the watch, replacing the traditional balance wheel. 360-Herz is the same frequency with which the bumble bee beats its wings…
It was the 60s the most popular $100+ timepiece in America and President Lyndon B. Johnson declared it the White House’s official Gift of State.
In fact, the movement was so accurate that during the Space Race, the US Government asked Bulova to delay the release of the revolutionary movement for fear the technology may fall into the hands of the Russians. Finally, the world’s first fully electronic watch was rolled out under worldwide scrutiny at the World’s Watchmaking Fair in Basel, Switzerland (now called Baselworld) in 1960.
Subsequently, NASA incorporated the Accutron into its computers for the space program, thus becoming an integral instrument in 46 missions of the U.S. Space Programme – including the 1969 moon landing.
Please note that due to the delicate nature of Accutron watches they will need a proffessional battery replacement every 12 – 18 months.
We are happy to note the date of purchase and phone the customer after a 12-month timeframe has elapsed to facilitate a professionally executed battery replacement.
Please note that classic and antique watches cannot be considered water-resistant or water-proof by modern standards, even if stated on the piece itself. We do strive to renew seals and ensure the best protection from moisture that each watch will allow but we cannot guarrantee this work will survive prolonged exposure to liquids.
Please feel free to call us or drop us a line with any questions.
We must stress that although the case is stamped waterproof we cannot guarantee that a watch of this age will perform as such.
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