Unusual Bulova Accutron Wristwatch c.1960

£395.00

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Description

“An unusually presented Accutron – as if they couldn’t get more collectible”

A fine addition to a collection or as an everyday companion, this very special Accutron wristwatch is one of the most significant and unusual designs to have evolved, made even more desirable by the rarely seen asymmetric 14k gold filled waterproof Bulova case.

The hour and minute hands are both accented with original, pristine luminous gloss.

It requires a battery, which has been fitted, and we are happy to replace these battery hungry watches every 18months

The soft champagne dial sports a black and white date complication.

Date function is advanced by turning the crown, pull out to set time.

A fine light brown leather strap has been fitted.

Work includes a Comprehensive Oil Service and adjustment to the movement for accuracy.

Warranteed for 5 years.

We have several Accutrons for sale, in a great variety of designs.

History

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 Program – including the 1969 moon landing.

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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 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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