Bulova Accutron Spaceview 100th Anniversary

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$1,750
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$1,750
Electric
38 MM
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SKU AS09220
Article Number 40991726
case size 38 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1970s
dial color Exotic
material Gold Plated
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Signed brown calf leather strap with signed gold filled pin buckle. Strap shows wear.
overall condition The case is in great condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Yellow Gold electroplate shows no plating loss. Even Patination To Luminous indices and handset. Crystal shows light printing loss to logo.
Electric
38 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09220
Article Number 40991726
case size 38 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1970s
dial color Exotic
material Gold Plated
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Signed brown calf leather strap with signed gold filled pin buckle. Strap shows wear.
overall condition The case is in great condition overall showing normal signs of wear from age and use. Yellow Gold electroplate shows no plating loss. Even Patination To Luminous indices and handset. Crystal shows light printing loss to logo.

Why We Love it

 1960, Bulova had a vision of the future - and that future hummed with potential!

The Accutron was the world's first electronic watch.  About a decade before the Quartz Crisis, Bulova introduced a watch that did away with the traditional balance wheel, instead using a 360-hertz tuning fork powered by electromagnets attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit as its heart.  Designed by Max Hetzel, the Accutron made waves, becoming the first wristwatch to be precise enough to be qualified for U.S. Railroad certification, guaranteed to be accurate to about one minute per month, or about 2 seconds per day.  

While Bulova had grand plans for their watch of the future, they never anticipated the success that their uniquely appointed Spaceview model would generate.  Originally designed to be a salesman's tool and display watch highlighting the inner mechanism of the Accutron movement, the Spaceview was never intended for retail purchase.  But the delight of seeing these inner workings displayed - a skeletonized version if you will - caused demand from retailers and consumers to spike - seemingly everyone wanted the openworked version to wear and take home. Bulova responded, producing retail versions of the watch with the same unique characteristics of their display models.  

The Accutron Spaceview was unlike anything that came before, and really, anything since.  In production for about 17 years, the tuning fork technology was eventually beaten out by quartz crystal movements, making these watches relatively short-lived, but and important and revolutionary technology that has had a tremendous impact on today's world.  

This specific example, produced in 1975 to celebrate 100 years of Bulova, features a chunky 38mm x 42mm yellow gold electroplated case that brilliantly typifies 1970s design language and houses the famed Calibre 214 movement. This particular Spaceview sports an overseized, asymmetric profile with a narrow bezel and a brushed case finish, a gray chapter ring with tritium markers and a large stick handset in outstanding preserved condition with light even patina. This timepiece comes fitted to a likely-original Accutron-signed brown leather strap with a matching signed gold-filled pin buckle. 

No matter your movement inclinations, there is no denying that the Accutron Spaceview is an important part horological history, and an incredible object of mid-century design.

As for that humming? Hold this baby up to your ear and there’s no doubt you’ll be soothed by the tuning fork’s soundscape.

It’s music to our ears!

Brand Story

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The story of Bulova is deeply entwined with American manufacturing. Its founder, a Czech immigrant named Joseph Bulova, was inspired by the advances that Ford made in his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. In 1912, Bulova built a factory in Biel, Switzerland, using Ford’s principles of mass production.
The brand was among the first to offer a wide range of wristwatches for men, with a distinctive visual style that — thanks to its innovative adoption of advertising and a relocation to Astoria, Queens — became fixed in the American imagination. Bulova took over offices in a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and installed an observatory on the roof in order to measure universal time. In the workshop down below, watchmakers timed the watches they were working on against readings taken in the observatory.
The watches that Bulova produced were varied, from handsome three-handers to divers and even chronographs. Bulova produced its first chronographs in the 1940s — single-button affairs with screw-on bezels. Throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70's, Bulova honed its mastery of such watches.

However, perhaps the brand’s single most important innovation was 1960’s Accutron, a timepiece that used an electric tuning fork in place of a traditional balance wheel. Following on the heels of the Hamilton Electric of 1957, the Accutron featured a guaranteed accuracy of two seconds per day — much better accuracy than that of a contemporary mechanical watch. (The Accutron line was later spun off and relaunched as its own brand in 2020.)

In 1971 a Bulova chronograph accompanied the crew of Apollo 15 into space. When the crystal on astronaut David Scott’s Speedmaster popped off, he strapped on his Bulova, making it the only privately worn watch to ever have been worn on the Moon. (It was subsequently auctioned off for more than $1.625M.)

Currently owned by Citizen Group and headquartered in New York City, Bulova continues to make watches inspired by its long American heritage.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Bulova Accutron Spaceview 100th Anniversary

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Bulova Accutron Spaceview 100th Anniversary

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