BULOVA ACCUTRON SPACEVIEW ‘100’ 1975 LIMITED EDITION – £1850
Item description:A particularly rare limited edition new old stock Bulova Accutron Spaceview ‘100’ for sale, complete with original plastic case. The polished and satined gold plated case in the shape of an oversize Accutron tuning fork. The Spaceview dial with outer register in grey, and with white hour battons. White hands, and flourescent red sweep seconds. The polished stainless steel reverse with hand set and battery compartment. The movement with Accutron 214. The watch retaining its original special Bulova ‘LE’ leather strap (Bulova name blocked to reverse in gold). The strap with gilt security fastening bearing relief Accutron tuning fork, along with designation, ‘100 Bulova’. The original case in blue plastic with the Bulova name in gold to the outside. The interior lined in tan artifical silk, and with the Bulova name.
Case size: 43mm x 38mm
Condition report: Both watch and strap in close to mint new old stock condition. Plastic case also in close to mint condition. Battery never left in watch, and battery compartment remaining in as new condition. Runs with battery installed (no warranty implied). The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Bulova: Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, an immigrant from Bohemia (it was reincorporated under the name Bulova Watch Company in 1923). In 1912, Bulova launched his first plant dedicated entirely to the production of watches. Manufacturing watches at their factory in Biel (Switzerland), Bulova began a standardized mass production never seen in the world of watchmaking until then. In 1919, Joseph Bulova offered the first complete range of watches for men. The iconic visual style of his first popular advertising made its watches popular with the American public. But beyond the original style, precision and technological research also became an endless quest for Bulova. Bulova produced the first advertisement broadcast on radio in 1926, announcing the first beep of history: ‘At the tone, it’s eight o’clock, Bulova Watch Time’, an announcement heard by millions of Americans. In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic nonstop. His crossing earned him a Bulova Watch and a check for $1000, and it became an emblem for the brand that created the model “Lone Eagle” in his likeness. During the 1930s and 1940s, the brand was a huge success with its rectangular plated watches whose case was strongly curved to better fit the curve of the wrist.
Bulova began the 17 year manufacture of the tuning fork Accutron with its round 214 movement in 1960. The Accutron departed from typical wristwatch design, in that there was no setting stem and crown on the side of the watch. Instead, the stem and crown were placed on the back of the case. In 1970, Bulova brought out the Spaceview Accutron. Ironically, the Spaceview was never intended to be sold by Bulova. It was a salesman’s demonstration tool and a display model for jewelers. While Bulova used a solid gold Spaceview in an intensive advertising campaign for the new Accutron, they only expected to sell a few hundred, strictly to distributing jewellers for use as a merchandising display; however many customers, seeing the watch in the window, wished to purchase it. Realizing there was a consumer demand, Bulova started manufacturing kits which allowed jewellers to convert normal 214s. Meanwhile, Bulova started manufacturing a Spaceview version of the Accutron in stainless steel, and gold plate for retail sale. The popularity of the Spaceview today is second only to that of the 214 Astronaut.
Special notes: The Bulova Limited Edition Accutron Spaceview ‘100’ was only manufactured in a single production run during 1975, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bulova watch company (1875 – 1975).
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