Accutron Legacy Day Date 'Up Down'

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REF 2SW6C001
Automatic-winding
34.5 MM
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SKU ASXA0012-BLK
Article Number 40991953
ref 2SW6C001
case size 34.5 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Factory Certified Pre-Owned
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Signed leather strap with matching signed stainless steel deployant buckle. Also includes complete inner and outer box set, books, serialized hangtag, warranty certificate, Limited Edition card, and Factory Certified Pre-Owned card.
overall condition Mint, unworn.
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Each timepiece in the Accutron Legacy Collection is covered by Accutron's 5-Year International Limited Warranty. Read more

REF 2SW6C001
Automatic-winding
34.5 MM
– Show less
SKU ASXA0012-BLK
Article Number 40991953
ref 2SW6C001
case size 34.5 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Blue
material Stainless Steel
style Avant-Garde
category Factory Certified Pre-Owned
bracelet Leather
lug width 18 MM
Includes Signed leather strap with matching signed stainless steel deployant buckle. Also includes complete inner and outer box set, books, serialized hangtag, warranty certificate, Limited Edition card, and Factory Certified Pre-Owned card.
overall condition Mint, unworn.

Why We Love it

“Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something.”

So opens Season 7 of AMC's Mad Men, with Sterling Cooper copywriter Freddie Rumsen pitching the new Accutron watch from Bulova. “Accutron,” he intones. “It’s not a timepiece — it’s a conversation piece."

In 1960, this thought-provoking electronic watch offered state of the art technology and design. But in order to fully understand its significance, we need to turn back the proverbial clock for a moment — all the way back to 1875. Nearly 150 years ago, Joseph Bulova established a small jewelry shop in Queens, no doubt unaware of its vast potential. In 1912, the firm opened a movement manufacture in Biel, Switzerland, carting over American mass-production methods. Within a few decades, Bulova had grown into one of the most important watchmaking manufactures in the United States.

By the 1950s, progress was being made within the realm of electronic watches as an alternative to traditional mechanical watchmaking. But it was the Bulova Accutron that brought a degree of hitherto unheard-of accuracy and robustness to the scene in 1960. Its tuning fork oscillator, beating at a consistent 360 Hz, swept a seconds hand smoothly around the dial periphery, while a dry cell battery provided a constant flow of power via an electromagnetic coil. This technology, developed by Swiss engineer Max Hetzel, was inspired by a tuning-fork clock built in the 19th century by Abraham-Louis Breguet, grandson of perhaps the most important watchmaker in history.

The Accutron — especially in its futuristic, transparent Spaceview guise — quickly found its way onto the wrists of test pilots, astronauts, and everyday people searching for a reliable, handsome timepiece. And though its movement technology would later be eclipsed by more inexpensive, quartz-powered systems, its legacy has endured all the way into the 21st century. In 2020, Accutron was spun off from Bulova into its own distinct entity, charged with the caretaking of a legendary development that has come to define horological ingenuity in the 20th century. 

Beyond the debut of their brand-new Spaceview 2020 and Accutron DNA models, Accutron also reached into their back catalog of magical mid-century designs, and thus, the Legacy Collection was born. The Accutron Legacy Collection is a modern re-imagining of the brand's most memorable pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. Using mechanical movements as a nod to their roots in traditional watchmaking, these timepieces were directly inspired from their original briefs and have captured the hearts of enthusiasts today. The blend of mid-century styling and mechanical internals perfectly represent the ebb and flow of technology and design.

In the late 1960s, early 1970s, Accutron had become synonymous for the unique case shapes inspired by the futuristic, space-age designs of TVs and other household appliances á la The Jetsons. While some models fully leaned into the concept, others tended to be a bit more conservative in their design approach. But no matter how you slice it, these timepieces are exactly what's hot right now when you consider the rising trend of irregular shaped, avant-garde watches.

A modern recreation of the 'Up Down' Day Date, this Legacy piece features a tidy 34.5mm stainless steel oval case with a domed sapphire crystal, a signed 'tuning fork' crown, and stout lugs. All Legacy Collection models were produced as a limited edition and come with an individually numbered caseback with a sapphire display aperture providing a glimpse of their mechanical underpinnings.

Its funky dial features include applied Roman quadrant numerals, a trapezoidal date window at 6 o'clock, a taller trapezoidal day indicator below the 12 o'clock marker and the applied brand name and logo adjacent to the 9 o'clock marker. Balancing out these features are a matching luminous handset and a deep blue dial tone.

Offered with your choice of either a black or white Accutron premium leather strap with a stainless steel deployant buckle, this piece delivers with all of its factory goodies including its complete inner and outer box set, books, serialized hangtag, warranty certificate, Limited Edition card, and Factory Certified Pre-Owned card.

In a horological world where irregular case shapes and avant-garde designs currently dominate the narrative, this 'Up Down' Legacy is an incredible value when you consider Accutron's historical significance and breadth of enduring design.

Brand Story

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Joseph Bulova, a Czech immigrant to the United States, founded his eponymous company in Queens in 1875, opening a factory in Biel, Switzerland in 1912 to mass-produce timepieces under the American production model. An early designer of men’s wristwatches following their widespread adoption in the wake of the First World War, the firm developed simple dress watches, dive watches, and chronographs through the first half of the 20th century.

As the decades wore on, however, the limitations of the traditional oscillating balance wheel — both with respect to accuracy and robustness — were becoming apparent. Electric watches from the likes of Hamilton and Lip experimented with a moving coil motor in place of a mainspring, but their reliance on conventional balance wheels meant they were little more accurate than their entirely mechanical counterparts. A Swiss engineer at Bulova named Max Hetzel would soon change all that.

A born tinkerer and a brilliant mind, Hetzel adopted an old clock design from the 19th century — incidentally invented by the grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet — that used a tuning fork as its oscillator. Powered by a dry-cell battery and driven by an electromagnetic coil, its frequency of 360 Hz ensured a highly accurate system that powered a sweep hand around the dial. Significantly more accurate than a mechanical design, it was patented in 1953, and after some years of work, the Bulova Accutron debuted to the public in 1960.

The watch was a revelation — literally. A 1961 model with a transparent dial meant to show authorized dealers its inner workings became so popular that Bulova put it into regular production, calling it the Spaceview. Meanwhile, the audible 360-Hz hum produced by the movement was a novel selling point, featuring in period advertisements in which a man was seen holding the watch up to his ear.

When the U.S. government sought to replace the U-2 spy plane with an aircraft that could outmaneuver anti-aircraft systems, Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunkworks division offered the perfect solution in the form of the sleek A-12, which could reach speeds of Mach III (~2,310 mph). Bulova Accutron wristwatches accompanied the pilots of this advanced piece of engineering, as they did on the wrists of public-facing X-15 flights, which reached speeds of 4,500 mph. The Accutron was even worn by astronauts during the Mercury Seven program during training; in 1963 during Project Mercury; and in Project Gemini missions up until 1983, long after the tuning fork technology had been replaced by more contemporary quartz-powered tech.

In 2020, Accutron was spun off by parent company Bulova — owned by the Citizen Group of Japan — into its own brand, where it continues to produce modern versions of one of the world’s downright coolest watches.

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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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Accutron Legacy Day Date 'Up Down'

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'Up Down'

Accutron’s work with the United States space program as well as the increased popularity of space exploration ledto the design of one of the most unique Accutron timepieces, the Date and Day “Q.”, launched in 1971. Featuringan oval shape, the watch is inspired by the 1970’s orbital style, with nods to the flying saucer shaped television popularduring this time period, as well as the 46 NASA space missions the brand was part of, including many orbitingmissions in which Accutron was integral for timing requirements. It was nicknamed the flying saucer or the up/down,referring to the placement of the day and date on the dial.