One of the iconic mid-century American watch companies was Bulova. To use the cliche, their offerings were as American as baseball and apple pie and could be found on many Americans' wrists.
Launched in 1960, the Accutron was the world's first fully electric watch and at the time the most accurate timekeeping mechanism ever devised. They are remarkable watches with a fascinating story.
The Accutron was so accurate that NASA asked Bulova if they could use the technology for timing for new satellites and for timekeeping in their spacecraft. The U.S. government even asked Bulova to delay the release of their cutting edge new watches for fear the technology might fall into the hands of the Russians. An Accutron watch movement sits on the moon's Sea of Tranquility today, in an instrument placed there in 1969 by Apollo 11 astronauts.
The Spaceview, Bulova's Accutron watch without a dial, was never intended by Bulova to be sold; it was a salesman's demonstration watch and jeweler's display.
Here are some of the watch's special features:
- Originally guaranteed to be 99.9977% accurate on your wrist (not just in a laboratory)
- Durable and simple - its 12 moving parts don't require usual watch maintenance and repair
- It never needs winding - a remarkable feat fifty years ago
Today's offering showcases this original chapter-ring Spaceview in pleasing condition. It is not a converted Spaceview like many of the Spaceviews offered for sale. It is a true original chapter ring with original parts.
It is fully original down to the chapter ring and hands and in honest and pleasing original condition. The gold has no wear through.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Note: Bulova recently created a limited re-edition of the Spaceview in 1,000 pieces that sells for $4,000 USD. Following is a link
for further information on the Spaceview and vintage ads.
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Serial no.: H67206
Year built: 1973 (N3)
Model: Accutron "Spaceview" with chapter ring
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 10K gold filled & stainless steel
Case markings (outside): Bulova, Patented, Stainless Steel, 10KT Gold Filled Bezel
Case condition: Honest original condition with no gold wear through. It has a couple of small dings. Presents nicely on the wrist.
Dimensions: 35mm in diameter (excluding the crown), 40mm long lug-tip-to-tip
Dial: None (only has an outer chapter ring with minute markers and luminous hour/five minute divisions)
Hands: Original, luminous white "dauphines"
Bands: Calf leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Crystal type: Acrylic, signed Accutron crystal
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.