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By now, Universal Genève shouldn't be an unknown entity among watch aficionados. The brand attained a reputation in its heyday for well-constructed, aesthetically-appealing designs, typified in the Compax and Polerouter models. Yet even with its commitment to aesthetic excellence, Universal Genève was no stranger to innovation. Bulova's introduction of the Accutron 218 movement in 1965 intrigued and impressed brands and consumers alike, and Universal Genève sought to implement this new technology, a decade before the Quartz Revolution changed the watchmaking game forever. The Unisonic was the result.
The Accutron 218 simplified the design of the now-iconic Accutron Spaceview 214 movement. We've already covered the Accutron Spaceview 214, its conception by Max Hetzel and how the tuning fork ensured increased accuracy by eschewing the balance wheel. The parts were interchangeable, and the twin coils of the Accutron 218 allowed for easier (and cheaper) servicing. It even incorporated a handy 12-6 quickset capability, making for easy day to day wear.
But of course Universal Genève couldn't just take an ébauche from Bulova and plop it into a case. Each movement that went into a Unisonic received the UG treatment: parts that weren't actually produced by Universal Genève were finished in Switzerland, painstaking attention to detail which made the Unisonic one of the most expensive electric watches of the period. The result was a stunning and innovative timepiece that merged UG's attentive Swiss design language with future-forward American movement, a marriage artfully denoted by the unique UG/Accutron logo printed on the watch's dial (cool, right?).
This particular Unisonic is crisp and clean, a prime example of the model. Coupling the elegance of Universal Genève with true technological innovation, this is a piece of horological history, a relic from that transitional period between the introduction of the tuning fork and the Quartz Revolution.
Interesting electric watches rarely make it to our site - either because they get squirreled away in our permanent collection or scooped up by enterprising collectors - but we're excited to be able to offer up this ultra-clean tuning fork timepiece from one of our favorite brands.
Stainless Steel Case is approximately 33mm (excluding crown). Bulova Accutron Cal. 218 Tuning Fork Movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition over all, with no major blemishes and showing original factory brushing. Glossy white dial is in excellent condition, with crisp printing on the Roman hour markers. Luminous baton hands and black sweep hand are in similarly excellent condition. Case back shows signs of light use and wear consistent with age and use. Signed crown.
Includes 19mm black lizard strap and two 19mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.