The history of the Bulova Accutron and more specifically the Spaceview should be a familiar one to Dial + Bezel readers. Bulova originally created the watch as a marketing display item, but following requests from customer after customer to purchase these watches Bulova decided to put them into production. If this is new info to you be sure to check out this article that dives into the full history. What we haven’t discussed yet is how the Accutron movement actually works. At the heart of every Accutron movement is a tuning fork that has a frequency of 360 oscillations per second (360 Hz) powered by electromagnets attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit. To put it more simply a battery connected to magnets creates a constant vibration in a tuning fork in the movement. The movement then captures this vibration and uses it to push forward a ratchet wheel that ultimately gets converted into the circular motion of the hands. A little heady but pretty cool.
The original Bulova Accutron, although revolutionary in its display of its movement and the movement on itself, was housed in a relatively uneventful 36mm case. As time went on watch styles changed and Bulova needed to update the Spaceview. This is where the Spaceview T line of watches came in. The T line represented what people wanted from watches in the late 60s and 70s. That is larger and more brawny cases with dive watch influence, geometric angles, and in many cases, integrated or semi integrated bracelets. This specific Spaceview T with its 38mm cushion shaped case with large bevels fit the bill.
Case condition of this Bulova Accutron Spaceview T is good, showing signs of a previous polish and light scratching throughout the case. The caseback is stainless-steel and presents nicely with few scratches. All correct markings are seen. The Spaceview crystal is correct, presumed original, and shows no flaws.
The Dial and Hands
Although the Spaceview is technically devout of a dial, this model has a small minute ring along the outside. The ring is in great condition with its presumed original luminous material still mostly intact.
The handset is correct for the model and presumed original but the luminous material has accumulated a bit of dirt. Condition outside of the lume is great to excellent with no noticeable imperfections.
The Bulova Accutron caliber 214 is currently running. Service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Model||Accutron Spaceview T|
|Movement||Bulova Accutron cal. 214|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Suede Strap|