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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jungle Jim, Jan 22, 2007.
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....
A very good read.
Zzzzzzzz today's watch, not sure it is a real one, glass to new! Just remember not to sleep with it: so noisy!
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!
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.
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A very cool piece from a short-lived period in horology - the tuning fork was superceded by the Quartz watch in just a few years.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.
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).
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.
I didnt know what a "chapter ring" was, I found it discussed on this web site. Learn something new every day.
Just not in the cards, I would still like to find one.
Doxa Skeleton Hunter series
This evening' watch: a Tonneau Frederique Constant
My British made Timex given to me at Christmas when I was about 7 and my Smiths that was left in a scrap box at work by its original owner, I rescued it and had it put back into service. Both are worn regularly and luckily a friend of mine is a horologist which helps to keep them going.
Today's watch: Sector ADV 1000, circa 1989 (if I could find the user's manual, I'll be an happy man!).
I got this as a gift a few years ago as a gift, this was one of the options given to all the elected delegates. Any way to figure out the manufacturer? I assume it's made in the USA from the sticker on the back.
Size comparison next to the daily.
Hey PRmurat, something rather "Brietling-esque" about that watch.
It reminds me of a Salvatore Dali painting
Don't know the manufacturer, but I guarantee it's origin is Far East, most likely China.
Had the same thought
Oh the irony.