Bulova Accutron Spaceview

Bulova Accutron Spaceview

In 1960, Bulova had a vision of the future.  In that future, there was humming.

The Accutron was the world's first electronic watch.  About a decade before the infamous Quartz Crisis, Bulova put into production a watch that did away with the traditional balance wheel, favoring instead a tuning fork design - a 360-hertz steel tuning fork powered by electromagnets attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit - as its timekeeper.  Designed by Max Hetzel, the Accutron made waves, becoming the first wristwatch to be precise enough to be qualified for U.S. Railroad certification, guaranteed to be accurate to about one minute per month, or about 2 seconds per day.  

While Bulova had grand plans for their watch of the future, they never anticipated the success that the uniquely appointed Spaceview would generate.  Designed to be a salesman's tool and display watch only, the Spaceview 214 was never intended for retail purchase.  But when demands for the watch spiked, Bulova responded, producing retail versions of the watch with the same unique characteristics of their display models.  

With its round 33mm, goldfilled case and visible circuitry and tuning fork, the Accutron Spaceview was unlike anything before, and really, anything since.  While in production for about 17 years all together, the tuning fork technology was eventually beaten out by quartz crystal movements, making this unbelievable piece of history a short-lived, but totally revolutionary wristwatch.  

This specific example is one of the earliest 214 movement executions, marked by the crownless case design - a design that Bulova moved away from in 1965 when they developed the 218 movement which had a time setting crown at the 4 o'clock position.

So no matter your mechanical-movement inclinations, there is no denying that the Spaceview is a one-of-a-kind piece of horological history.  

Oh, and the humming?  Hold this baby up to your ear and you'll hear that tuning fork, humming away!


10K Gold-filled case is 33mm.

Overall Condition: The original early 60s case is in good condition over all, with only light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Original circuitry of the 214 movement is clean and free of oxidation. Original Bulova crystal is in excellent condition, with bright and clear markers. Original luminescent hands are in excellent condition.

Includes one brown leather strap with gold hardware and two 18mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

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