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BULOVA M6 214 ACCUTRON CIRCA 1966 – £125

Item description: Bulova Accutron in stainless steel. The dial in champagne finish with black numbers and inner register. The Bulova Accutron name and logo below the 12.00 position. The reverse with typical screw case, battery compartment and time-set.  Black leather non-branded strap with stainless steel buckle.

 

Case size: 42mm x 35mm

 

Condition report: Both watch and strap in excellent condition. Recent check over and new battery fitted. Fully working condition. 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.

 

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