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Old 12-13-2012, 02:13 PM   #5356
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That Hamilton is gorgeous!
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:01 PM   #5357
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That Hamilton is gorgeous!
+1, nice timepiece!
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #5358
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #5359
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #5360
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I have a question for the forum: how come the UK known for its car/plane/ship/motorcycle industries was never known for its watches (or cameras)??? I know Italian, French, German even Russian watches but not a single British one!

Jesus Christ man.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #5361
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:45 PM   #5362
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Oh, sure but (to quote Janet Jackson), "What have you done for me lately"?

Or, from that point on, time stood still for British watch makers. Get it?? I crack myself up....
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #5363
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Jesus Christ man.

We invented time
A very good read.



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Old 12-15-2012, 08:56 AM   #5364
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Zzzzzzzz today's watch, not sure it is a real one, glass to new! Just remember not to sleep with it: so noisy!
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:49 PM   #5365
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Definitely real. Bulova Accutron 214 Spaceview. Looks like a stainless steel case, with no chapter ring, and chapter markers applied to the inside surface of the crystal. I would bet it's a 1970's model.

If you don't know much about the marvelous Calibre 214, you can read about it here.

My dad had one when I was a kid, a gold-filled case 214 Spaceview with chapter ring, that I have today. Listening to its 360Hz hum when he wore it always gave me comfort.

You can date your Accutron by looking at the date code stamped in the caseback. You'll see something like "M7" (in the case of mine), or N1.

M is 1960, so an M7 wristwatch was made in 1967. An N means 1970's. Probably 90% of the Accutrons you'll find are either M's or N's.

If you ever need servicing, this is an excellent resource.

Note also that the Accutron 214's are a lot louder now than they were when new. That's because battery cell voltages have climbed from 1.35V to 1.55V, as the old mercury cells were discontinued. The silver oxide 1.55V cells cause a greater excursion of the tuning fork vibrations, thus, it's "1" louder, isn't it? This can cause a significant problem noted as "double indexing," in which the wristwatch runs very fast to twice as fast as it should. If this happens to your 214, you should have the "diode fix" applied immediately. Martin Marcus talks about it here.

The Accutron 214 is a thing of beauty, and a significant evolutionary step in watchmaking. Always a conversation starter! Enjoy it!

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #5366
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Zzzzzzzz today's watch, not sure it is a real one, glass to new! Just remember not to sleep with it: so noisy!
Looks like a legit Bulova Accutron to me.
I cant imagine anyone making fake tuning fork watches, that would not be an easy watch to "fake"!
I am wearing my dad's old Omega f300 tuning fork watch right now. I had it overhauled and slightly modified to take a normal modern watch battery.
I love the hummmmm sound these watches make.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:26 PM   #5367
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Zzzzzzzz today's watch, not sure it is a real one, glass to new! Just remember not to sleep with it: so noisy!
I passed on one of those in favor of a reduced speedy for a lot more $$, should have bought the Accutron - I always wanted one when they first came out and they were pricy then.

A very cool piece from a short-lived period in horology - the tuning fork was superceded by the Quartz watch in just a few years.

Arguably, the Tuning fork is much, much cooler - I think so - the fact that it hums just makes it even better.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:40 PM   #5368
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When I said fake, I was thinking of a real Accuttron with a different glass to make a Spaceview... I am very much aware of their quality/problems etc but have not found a way to be sure of the model rightness (real Spaceview etc).
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:58 PM   #5369
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No, I'm quite certain that's a Spaceview from day one. When Accutrons are changed, most often a chapter ring is added, and yours doesn't have one.

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Old 12-15-2012, 08:28 PM   #5370
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No, I'm quite certain that's a Spaceview from day one. When Accutrons are changed, most often a chapter ring is added, and yours doesn't have one.

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I didnt know what a "chapter ring" was, I found it discussed on this web site. Learn something new every day.
http://www.accutron214.com/Accutron214Conversion.htm
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