Bulova Accutron Spaceview

Bulova Accutron Spaceview

In 1960, Bulova could hear the future, and in that future, they heard humming.

About a decade before the Quartz Crisis, Bulova put into production a watch that did away with the traditional balance wheel, favoring instead a tuning fork design: a 360-hertz steel tuning fork powered by electromagnets attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit.

Designed by Max Hetzel, the Accutron made waves, becoming the first wristwatch to be precise enough to be qualified for U.S. Railroad certification, guaranteed to be accurate to within 2 seconds per day.  

While Bulova had grand plans for their watch of the future, they never anticipated the success that the uniquely-appointed Spaceview would generate. Designed to be a salesman's tool and display watch only, the Spaceview 214 was never intended for retail purchase. But when demands for the watch spiked, Bulova responded, producing retail versions of the watch with the same unique characteristics of their display models.  

With its round 33mm case and visible circuitry and tuning fork, the Accutron Spaceview was unlike anything ever seen before, and really, anything since.  

While in production for about 17 years all together, the tuning fork technology was eventually beaten out by quartz crystal movements, making this unbelievable piece of history a short-lived but totally revolutionary wristwatch.  

This specific example is one of the earliest 214 movement executions, marked by the crownless case design that Bulova moved away from in 1965 when they developed the 218 movement, which had a time setting crown at the 4 o'clock position.

So no matter your mechanical-movement inclinations, there is no denying that the Spaceview is a one-of-a-kind piece of horological history.  


SKU: TT01186

Stainless steel case is approximately 33mm case. Bulova 214 Tuning Fork Movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with crisp lugs and light signs of use and wear consistent with age. Bulova crystal is in very good condition, free of cracks, and with bright and clear markers. Luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands have gained a fine patina over time.

Includes one black genuine crocodile strap.

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