Bulova 1962 Accutron Astronaut

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1962
Movement Model: 
214HN
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E94654
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Crystal Ref. # 1245 31.0 mm
Additional Information: 
Accutron Astronaut M2, The first stainless steel Astronaut ever made, It's unclear if they were ever released for sale to the general public, The dial only says "Accutron" on it, The hands and markers are of white nonluminous paint, The movement is stamped "USA" and "214HN" and has a date code of "M2" which is the same as the back cover, It has a early type applied logo Kreisler USA Coffin Link Stainless Steel Bracelet.   This watch is Made in the USA and is true Red, White, and Blue through and through and was given to and used by all the X-15 Test Pilots, It's very questionable to say Omega had the moon given that Bulova 214 based Clocks, timers, and switches were used extensively throughout the Apollo spacecraft including the lunar lander and they all did the real work while Omega got the title "Moon Watch" ! The Bulova Accutron Astronaut paved the way into space and to the moon starting with the X-15 program and ending with Apollo program and that is a FACT !!!    This stainless steel "Astronaut" model was made before all of the other stainless steel Astronaut watches for only one year 1962 and has a date code of M2 on the case back and movement, There was one Accutron Astronaut watch made before this one with a date code M1 (1961) but it was a 18k Solid Gold Astronaut watch (possible known as the "Royal" Astronaut), Some people might say that a Platinum Accutron or the 18k Solid Gold Astronaut is rarer but I say to that I've seen real world pictures showing a few of each other those watches with over a hand full of the 18k Solid Gold Astronaut known to still be around with one of those for sale on ebay as I type this BUT other than some pictures in Bulova ads and the real thing in pictures on the wrists of X-15 test pilots I've never seen another one of these 1962 Astronaut watches ANYWHERE ! can you honestly say you have ???    Here are some of the undisputed facts about this rarest of rare Accutron Astronaut watch that sets it apart from Any of the other Astronaut watches ever made......   #1 the dial that only says "Accutron" and used nonluminous white paint on the hour markers and no rather large single dots between the hour markers unlike all other Astronaut watches (other than the near equally rare 1963 Astronaut)   #2 the spade hands that Bulova lifted from the aviation panel clocks of the time which were also painted with the same nonluminous white paint as the dial markers, The spade hands were only used for less than one year in 1962 before Bulova changed them in 1963 to the hands you see on the common Astronauts, They are Accutron 214 spade Rail Roal hands painted white and this fact has recently been verified by a number of highly knowledgeable sources of Accutrons of this type    #3 This 1962 Astronaut watch came with only one type of bracelet, the early applied logo Kreisler USA Coffin Link Bracelet   The Accutron Astronaut definitely evolved very quickly in that first year, Bulova started making the all stainless steel Astronaut in 1962 and sometime around late 1962 / early 1963 they changed the first type of hands to the luminous hands which are the most commonly seen hands on the Astronaut after 1963 and at the same time added luminous paint to the hour marker to match the now luminous hands and other than that one change to the dial it is exactly the same as the very first dial to be used in the all stainless steel 1962 Astronaut watches and really is every bit as rare as the first nonluminous dial that was used, Sometime around late 1963 Bulova added "Astronaut" to the dial and also added the large luminous dots in-between the now luminous hour markers, Then sometime in 1964 they switched to the "bullet" bracelet. From then on the evolution of the Accutron Astronaut slowed way down with relatively small changes made to it over the rest of it's live.  
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Astronaut M2
Posted January 10, 2018 - 2:07am

Beautiful! You got to love a original M2 Astronaut!

leakya
Posted February 9, 2018 - 5:15am

You say the hands are "white" WS-25, and those hands are silver hands painted white.
Why are the hands on your watch blued?

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted February 9, 2018 - 8:31am

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I think you may need to adjust the color or contrast on your computer or phone. I'm seeing bright white hands in every photo of subject watch.

leakya
Posted February 23, 2018 - 5:37am

neetstuf-4-u wrote:

I think you may need to adjust the color or contrast on your computer or phone. I'm seeing bright white hands in every photo of subject watch.

The centre's are blued. That means the hands are blued hands painted white, instead of silver hands painted white.

Here are the hands claimed to be used in the watch.
http://accutronfacts.freeforums.net/thread/151/genuine-bulova-accutron-w...

So why are they blued in the photographs above.

Astronaut M2
Posted May 11, 2018 - 5:39pm

Those look blue or even black for the very same reason all these P/N WS-25 factory hands look blue or black, It's just the lighting and the way the light hit them.

 

Looking at all of these same P/N hands you would swear they were blue or black if you didn't know any better.

One other thing I noticed is although the hands are in fact silver or if you like "bare metal" on the bottom as can be seen here (with a very small amount of surface rust forming)

The top surface of that type of hands seems to be either "polished" and there for very reflective, Or it is "crome flashed" which would also make the top surface very reflective as can be seen here (with some contamination present)

 The very reflective surface tends to seem to look like it is blue or black if the background of the person taking the picture is dark or shaded, Equally the very reflective surface tends to seem to look more like it is silver if the background of the person taking the picture is very bright or a very light color such as white or similar, It is also possible for the very reflective surface to seem to look like other colors like brown or red or more if the lighting and background of the photographer combine to allow it like in this picture where the centures of the hands seem to look a sort of brownish/red...

Many other colors are possible if the background and lighting conditions are just right...    

I hope this will help anyone that might have read some nonsense somewhere about these P/N WS-25 hands or has any questions about this very rare handset that was used for just a very short time on the very first stainless steel Astronaut, The 1962 Accutron Astronaut!

Astronaut M2
Posted April 25, 2018 - 2:24am

For more details or background on the Bulova P/N WS-25 handset please visit here, It was set up to clear up any questions anyone has raised or address any disinformation that has been put out there over this very rare handset...   http://accutronfacts.freeforums.net/thread/281/centers-white-spade-handsets-blue        
Astronaut M2
Posted April 25, 2018 - 2:26am

Cheers ! :^)

Astronaut M2
Posted April 25, 2018 - 2:01am

It's a trick of the light, I've seen it before, Here is a well lit close up of the same watch that shows the centers well...

Astronaut M2
Posted April 25, 2018 - 2:31am

Just in case anyone might have missed it here is everything anyone could possibly want to know about the Bulova p/n WS-25 White Spade Handset...

http://accutronfacts.freeforums.net/thread/281/centers-white-spade-handsets-blue

Like when the P/N WS-25 handset showed up on this Bulova unreleased prototype !

 

Astronaut M2
Posted March 22, 2018 - 6:05pm

I just got these pictures of the same watch, They were taken with much better lighting and should clear up any confusion about the hands.