Of the many Bulova Accutron watches that have come up for sale on Dial + Bezel they have all fit into either the Spaceview or Devil Diver categories. This watch bucks that trend and in typical 1974 fashion focuses more on design and aesthetics rather than technological advancements or depth rating. The best evidence of this is the dichotomy of its case to its dial. The case measures in at a burly 38mm by 40mm and wears quite large on the wrist. This would usually be the sign of a tool watch built to be robust and useful in all situations. The dial tells a different story. The monochromatic brushed gold finish dial only has three hour markers, no minute track, and gold hands that disappear against the dial. All of those elements scream dress watch. Somehow when it all comes together it works and creates a watch that is all 70s all day. Pure excess and little function.
Many years after Bulova had taken a firm hold of the US watch market into the 1950s, two competitors introduced “the greatest advance in the field of watchmaking in 450 years.” Elgin and Lip had created the first electric wristwatches. Arde Bulova, still president of his namesake brand, was immediately worried that the new technology would cut into his market share and ultimately his business. Arde asked his best man, Max Hetzel to look into the watches Elgin and Lip created. Hetzel found that the movement’s battery simply powered a conventional balance-wheel movement, leading to no accuracy improvements. However, he believed the idea of an electric watch could work and in 1952 the idea for the Accutron was born. For the next eight years, Hetzel and Bulova’s best engineers work on the project to introduce, in 1960, what would become one of the most innovative movements in watch history, the Bulova Accutron caliber 214. From the movement’s introduction in 1960, Bulova wasted little time in developing a range of models not only including the movement but proudly featuring the Accutron name front and center on the dial.
The Case and Bracelet
The burly 38mm by 40mm gold plated case is in very good condition. There are general scratches throughout the case and some larger nicks that should be noted. The crown is signed with the Accutron tuning fork insignia and the watch wears a stainless steel caseback that is dated N4 indicating the production year of 1974. As an additional treat, this watch comes on its original 10k gold plated Dutchess bracelet with a signed clasp. The bracelet will fit at 7.5 inch wrist.
The Dial and Hands
The gold-colored dial and hands are in excellent condition with no major flaws to note. As noted above the overall design leans dressy with a brushed finish and sparse hour markers. The printing is crisp and the lume clean and well preserved.
This watch features an electric Bulova 2182 Accutron movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Electric, Bulova 2182|
|Case Material||Gold Plated|
|Band Material||Gold Plated|