Launched in 1960, the Accutron at the time was the world's first fully electric watch and the most accurate timekeeping mechanism ever devised. They are remarkable watches with a fascinating story - the tuning fork technology was originally developed for NASA because of its accuracy and had to be hidden from the Russians.
The Accutron was so accurate that the U.S. government asked Bulova to delay the release of the cutting edge movement for fear the technology may 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 uncommon, striking, and slightly exotic Accutron Astronaut Mark II in true like NOS original condition. We acquired it from the collection of noted collector, Mack Davis. It is a seldom seen Astronaut model with large "disco volante" type asymmetrical case. It also has a second hour hand for dual time zone capability.
It has its original Accutron band and buckle. Accompanying it are certificate, booklets, and both inner and outer boxes - it is a very rare true time capsule piece!
We have just had the movement fully serviced and the coil replaced by one of the leading Accutron experts in the U.S.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function.
Note that we have several other special Accutrons we are offering for sale from the Mack Davis collection. If you are an Accutron collector you don't want to miss them.
Accutrons were originally guaranteed to be 99.9977% accurate on your wrist (not just in a laboratory). The fact that they never needed to be wound, was astounding at the time and resulted in their sweeping popularity.
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Year built: 1973 (N3)
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, 2nd Time Zone, Quick-Setting Date
Designed for: Men
Case material: 10K gold-filled (rolled gold plate)
Case markings (outside): F168395
Case condition: Like NOS
Dimensions: 39mm in diameter (excluding the crown), 40mm long lug-tip-to-tip
Dial: Brown/gold vignette, mixed gold baton and Arabic indices, signed Bulova Accutron, outer minutes/seconds track aperture for the date
Hands: Original, gold, batons
Band: Original, signed with Accutron logo and original buckle, just short of mint condition - virtually NOS
Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition
Servicing: We have just had the movement fully serviced and the coil replaced by one of the leading Accutron experts in the U.S.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: Yes, certificate, servicing and instruction booklets, and original box.
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.