Today's Watch of the Week showcases the headlining watch in our significant new Celebrity Collection. This classic Bulova Accutron was personally owned and worn by "The King", Elvis Presley.
Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Elvis Aaron Presley was not only the leading figure of the newly popular rock and roll, he was a cultural catalyst that forever changed the face of American pop culture.
He fueled an acceptance of black culture, and pioneered the vastly expanded reach of celebrity in the era of mass communication: at the age of 21, within a year of his first appearance on American network television, he was regarded as one of the most famous people in the world.
To this day, Elvis remains the best-selling solo artist of all time, with sales estimates ranging from 600 million to 1 billion sales. He holds the records for most songs charting in Billboard's top 40: 115 and top 100: 152, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Elvis liked watches and seemed to have a penchant for the more innovative and distinctive, like this Accutron was at the time.
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.
Today's offering showcases this great retro styled Accutron with cool original dial with "wide boy" markers.
Here are some its special features:
- Originally guaranteed to be 99.9977% accurate on your wrist (not just in a laboratory)
- Durable and simple - its 12 moving non-date parts don't require usual watch maintenance and repair
- It never needs winding - a remarkable feat fifty years ago
- Desirable version that display both the day of the week and the date. The date can be quick-set.
It is all original and in honest worn condition. A new battery was recently installed making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of a signed letter about the watch from Marty Lacker, a copy of Mr. Lacker's book Elvis: Portrait of a Friend, and a one-year warranty on the movement and its function.
Antiquorum has sold two of Elvis' watches - the lesser for $22,500 and the greater twice: once for $37,500 and once for $52,500. Follow this link to the offering results
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to have an impeccably documented watch personally owned and worn by The King himself. Our new Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have recently launched a new collection that is composed of 41 watches owned by 22 iconic celebrities. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by watches and clocks owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
- The King, Elvis Presley.
- The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
- The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
- Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, and Mickey Rooney.
- Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and Hank Williams, Jr.
- Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, and fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller.
- It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; and a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Serial no.: H963995
Year built: 1971 (N1)
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Day of the Week, Quick-Setting Date, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K gold plated
Case markings (outside): Bulova, Stainless Steel Back, 18K Heavy Gold Electroplate Bezel
Case condition: Honest original condition with wear and gold wear through on the back. Strong untouched patina from years of being stored away (it could easily be removed if you would like).
Dimensions: 41mm in diameter (excluding the crown), 44mm long lug-tip-to-tip
Dial: Light champagne with gold retro "wide boy" applied indices topped with black, aperture for the date, striking red minutes/seconds track, original and untouched, just short of perfect mint condition
Hands: Original, luminous gold "batons"
Bands: Original, signed Bulova, honest original condition with strong untouched patina from years of being stored away (it could easily be removed if you would like). Fits a wrist up to approx. 7.5 inches, adjustable. We also stock leather and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal type: Original, excellent condition
Servicing: We have installed a new battery making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - A copy of a signed letter about the watch from Marty Lacker, a copy of Mr. Lacker's book Elvis: Portrait of a Friend
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.