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 day date Accutron in true new-old-stock original condition showing only very slight handling wear. We acquired it from the collection of noted collector, Mack Davis. It's 2182 caliber has a semi-quick-setting day of the week and a quick-setting date.
If you're not familiar with Accutrons, here are some of its 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
- Awesome two-tone blue dial with vignette effect
It has its original Accutron band and buckle, with the buckle still covered in plastic. Accompanying it are its original box and tags - a very rare true time capsule piece!
A new battery has just been installed. 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 colleciton. 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: 1974 (N4)
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Semi-Quick-Setting Day (6pm to 12pm), Quick-Setting Date
Designed for: Men
Case material: Stainless steel
Case markings (outside): T0003473
Case condition: New-old-stock
Dimensions: 38mm in diameter (excluding the crown), 40mm long lug-tip-to-tip
Dial: Two-tone blue and silver with vignette effect, steel baton indices, signed Bulova Accutron, outer minutes/seconds track, apertures for the day and date
Hands: Original, steel, batons
Band: Original, signed with Accutron logo and original buckle, new-old-stock
Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition
Servicing: A new battery has just been installed.
Warranty: 1-year warranty. Please email email@example.com 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 - Original box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Original tags
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.