1979 Bulova Accutron
Brand and Country of Manufacture - Bulova, Switzerland
- Year - 1979
- Serial - F97816
- Model - 214
- Movement & caliber - Tuning Fork
- Case diameter - 34mm
A gold plated Bulova Accutron men's watch. This is a good looking watch that can be dressed up or down. The silver sunburst dial features a full set of stylish applied Roman numerals that sit upright as they follow the dial around, a black chapter ring and gold plated hands. The crown is set at the back of the case on these models which makes the appearance clean and symmetrical from the front, a design theme that was consistent with a number of the 1970's Accutron watches.
The movement inside here is the Accutron tuning fork from Bulova. A movement that was the world's first fully electronic watch when launched at the Basel watch fair in 1960. Inside is a 360-Herz tuning fork powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator, and was the invention of the Bulova engineer Max Hertzel. The standard oscillating rate of a conventional mechanical balance wheel driven watch was approximately 200 times per-second. The new tuning fork mechanism allowed a rate of 360 times which guaranteed an accuracy to just one minute a month. There are two other very distinguishing features to the Accutron; No conventional winding stem with the setting functions located on the case back itself. Next is the sound that the watch makes as it oscillates at this high frequency. An almost humming noise which is very unique to the tuning fork. These tuning fork mechanisms are great and reliable with a quirky humming sound that comes from the oscillation of the movement. A crisp case, unpolished and a great overall condition.
I love these watches for anyone with an eye on vintage, and someone that perhaps doesn’t want to worry about winding a mechanical watch each day.