Bulova Accutron Spaceview 14k Yellow Gold Spiral Lugs

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$2,800
Regular price
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$2,800
REF 214
Electric
33 MM
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SKU AS09214
Article Number 40991720
ref 214
case size 33 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1960s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Aftermarket Brown genuine lizard strap with signed pin buckle.
overall condition Outstanding preserved overall condition displaying only light signs of wear from gentle handling.
REF 214
Electric
33 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09214
Article Number 40991720
ref 214
case size 33 MM
movement Electric
approximate age 1960s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Avant-Garde
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Aftermarket Brown genuine lizard strap with signed pin buckle.
overall condition Outstanding preserved overall condition displaying only light signs of wear from gentle handling.

Why We Love it

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

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 attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit as its heart.  Designed by Max Hetzel, the Accutron made waves, becoming the first wristwatch precise enough to be qualified for U.S. Railroad certification — guaranteed to be accurate to about one minute per month, or roughly 2 seconds per day.  

Originally designed to be a salesman's tool highlighting the inner mechanism of the Accutron movement, the Spaceview wasn't intended for retail purchase.  But the delight of seeing these inner workings displayed caused demand from retailers and consumers to spike; indeed, seemingly everyone wanted this openworked watch to wear and take home. Bulova responded, producing retail versions 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 they contain important and revolutionary technology that has had a tremendous impact on today's world.  

This particular timepiece dates back to the early 1960s and features a 14k solid yellow gold case with a distinctive set of sculpted ‘spiral’ lugs, and of course, an expansive, open dial with the Accutron Calibre 214 movement entirely in view. In wonderfully preserved condition throughout, this is a rare find in yellow gold, and is accompanied by a brown lizard strap and a signed 14k pin buckle.

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

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.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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 14k Yellow Gold Spiral Lugs

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Regular price
$2,800
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$2,800
Bulova Accutron Spaceview 14k Yellow Gold Spiral Lugs

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