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Pre-Owned Bulova Bulova Accutron Spaceview Alpha 14K 40991722/AS09216


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In 1960, Bulova had a vision of the future — and that future hummed with potential!

About a decade before the Quartz Crisis, Bulova introduced a watch that did away with the traditional balance wheel, instead using a 360-hertz tuning fork attached to a battery-powered transistor oscillator circuit as its heart.  Designed by Max Hetzel, the Accutron made waves, becoming the first wristwatch precise enough to be qualified for U.S. Railroad certification — guaranteed to be accurate to about one minute per month, or roughly 2 seconds per day.  

Originally designed to be a salesman's tool highlighting the inner mechanism of the Accutron movement, the Spaceview wasn't intended for retail purchase.  But the delight of seeing these inner workings displayed caused demand from retailers and consumers to spike; indeed, seemingly everyone wanted this openworked watch to wear and take home. Bulova responded, producing retail versions with the same unique characteristics of their display models.  

The Accutron Spaceview was unlike anything that came before, and really, anything since. In production for about 17 years, the tuning fork technology was eventually beaten out by quartz crystal movements, making these watches relatively short-lived. But they contain important and revolutionary technology that has had a tremendous impact on today's world.  

This specific example — an 'Alpha' model — dates back to the early 1960s and features a 14k solid white gold asymmetrical, crown-less case; a distinct set of sculpted lugs; and of course, an expansive, open dial with the Accutron Calibre 214 movement entirely in view. In outstanding condition, this is a rare find in white gold, and is accompanied by an Accutron signed lizard strap and 14k pin buckle.

No matter your taste, there's no denying that the Accutron Spaceview is an important part of horological history, and an incredible mid-century design object.

As for that humming? Hold this baby up to your ear and there’s no doubt you’ll be soothed by the tuning fork’s soundscape.

It’s music to our ears!

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All returns or exchanges must be in new, unworn condition, with no scratches or markings, not sized or adjusted and in their original packaging and with warranty cards / certificated and instruction booklets.

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