Today's offering showcases this ahead-of-its-time Bulova Accutron desk clock owned and used by acting great Greta Garbo.
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 and desks.
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.
Miss. Garbo's Accutron desk clock has a distinctive brass case and diminutive size and appears to be an early example of an Accutron, when the technology was especially cutting edge and exciting.
Its dial is the same design and construction that was use on the company's wristwatches. The clock is in essence an Accutron movement and dial that Bulova placed into a small desk clock case.
Here are some of its special features:
- Originally guaranteed to be 99.9977% accurate
- 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
It is in all-original condition and we have left it cosmetically untouched just as we received it. It appears to have been regularly used. The brass has toned with a patina, but that could be removed if desired.
One of our Master Watchmakers has performed any needed servicing and installed a new battery making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Also accompanying it is a print off of a Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house. Greta Garbo:
Born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18th, 1905, Greta Garbo, was a Swedish-American actress who is widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of film. The American Film Institute in 1999 ranked Garbo fifth on its list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
Three times Garbo was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and twice received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. In a 1950 Daily Variety opinion poll, Garbo was voted "Best Actress of the Half Century", and in 1957, she was given The George Eastman Award, awarded by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film. She also received many other distinctions and honors, including in her native Sweden.
Known for her melancholic, somber persona, her portrayals of tragic characters, and her subtle and understated performances, Garbo captivated audiences worldwide with her unparalleled talent and charisma.
Garbo began her career with a minor role in the 1924 Swedish film The Saga of Gösta Berling, but it was her performance in Flesh and the Devil (1927), her third movie, that made her an international star. Her success caught the attention of Louis B. Mayer, chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), who brought her to Hollywood in 1925.
Garbo went on to star in many well-known silent films, including The Mysterious Lady (1928) and The Kiss (1929). Her transition to sound films was marketed with the tagline "Garbo talks!" for her first sound film, Anna Christie (1930), and her performances in this film and Romance earned her the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.
Throughout the 1930s, Garbo continued to star in successful films such as Mata Hari (1931), Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931), Grand Hotel (1932), Queen Christina (1933), and Anna Karenina (1935). Her performance as the doomed courtesan Marguerite Gautier in Camille (1936) is considered by many critics and film historians to be her finest, and it earned her a second Academy Award nomination.
She retired from the screen at only 35 years old after acting in 28 films. In 1954, Garbo was awarded an Academy Honorary Award for her luminous and unforgettable screen performances.
After retiring from acting, Garbo became an art collector and shunned publicity while leading a private life. Her paintings included works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, and Kees van Dongen. She remained an enduring cultural icon, inspiring new generations of filmmakers and audiences alike with her legendary performances and enigmatic persona.
Despite her reputation for reclusiveness, she is said to have had many friends with whom she socialized and traveled. During her long retirement, she walked the streets of New York City, dressed informally, and wore large sunglasses. "Garbo-watching" became a sport for the media, admirers, and inquisitive New Yorkers, yet she held on to her elusive mystique to the end.
Garbo's legacy as one of the greatest actresses of all time continues to be celebrated today, and her impact on the world of film and popular culture is a testament to her talent and enduring appeal. Our new Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have launched a collection that is composed of 72 watches owned or worn by 38 iconic celebrities and public figures. 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. (Just sold)
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Greta Garbo, and Mickey Rooney.
Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Kenny Rogers, Don Mclean, Leslie West, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Sports great and soccer legend Pelé, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Yankee great Lefty Gomez, and Green Bay Packer Mike Bucchianeri along with the game ball, signed photo and watch from the college football "all star" Blue Gray Game in 1940.
Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, renowned illusionists Siegfried & Roy, Phyllis McGuire of the chart-topping McGuire sisters, Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson), fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller, and a watch worn by multiple characters in the television series "For All Mankind."
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; a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain; a Baume & Mercier gifted by the King of Jordan. 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.
Year built: 1960's
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: Brass
Case markings (outside): Bulova Watch Co., Patented
Case condition: It presents in excellent condition with light wear and a few scratches on the back from previous opening/servicing. left it cosmetically untouched just as we received it. It appears to have been regularly used. The brass has toned with a patina, but that could be removed if desired.
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.5 x .25 inches
Dial: Silver with gold applied faceted indices with luminous, outer minute track, signed Accutron, original and untouched
Hands: Original, luminous gold "dauphines"
Crystal type: Acrylic, original, very good condition
Movement: Bulova Accutron battery driven tuning fork
Servicing: One of our Master Watchmakers has performed any needed servicing and installed a new battery making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Warranty: 1-year international 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house.
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee