Bulova 1965 Accutron Calendar

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
218?
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E30762
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

case is marked M5  But I think it is a 66 Calandar watch?  I still have not found a face like this one either.  If you know what it is, please let me know. It was my fathers, and I still have the box, all it says is automatic.   

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1965 Bulova Accutron Calendar watch
1965 Bulova watch
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Reverend Rob
Posted June 20, 2017 - 3:34pm

Panel Member

Hi Terry, this looks to me like a typical Accutron Calendar. Does it say 'Automatic' on the case back? If so, it may be a replacement. 

Terry Teague
Posted June 20, 2017 - 3:39pm

no there are only serial numbers  and 18k gold on the back.      The box does say automatic in it with a sticker   thanks

Geoff Baker
Posted June 21, 2017 - 5:49am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hello Terry - welcome to myBulova. I think you're fortunate to have your fathers watch. These watches are called Accutron. Bulova pioneered 'electric' watches in the 1960's with a new type of battery powered watch movement that uses a tuning fork to drive the accuracy. These watches were (and still are) extremely popular because they were so innovative. An Accutron was immediately recognizable because the first models had no winding crown, the second version, like yours placed the crown (used only to set the time and date) at the 4 o'clock position. By the mid 1970, quartz watches gained popularity because they were so cheap to make. Bulova no longer makes this movement but still uses the Accutron name to denote accuracy. An 18 k version is moderately uncommon but I wouldn't go so far as to call them rare.

For now I didn't see an exact model designation but I'm going to take another look later to see if I can find it.

Oh, almost forgot....it's most likely that the box you have is not original to the watch, an 'automatic' movement is completely different than the Accutron movement you have.

Terry Teague
Posted June 21, 2017 - 8:38am

thanks for the comments and looking.  It might be the wrong box,  lol  but it came from the Jewerly store in it.  My mom bought it for my dad, and is the one who gave it to me.  

Geoff Baker
Posted June 22, 2017 - 4:55am

Club 5000Panel Member

I don't find any adverts that show this exact version. Here is a page from an annual report showing a Calendar M but the dial is a different color. I'll suggest a designation of "Accutron Calendar" for this beauty. I like the tuning fork hour markers.

1965 Bulova Accutron Calendar

Terry Teague
Posted June 22, 2017 - 5:37am

Thank you for your time.  And expertise. I hope someday to find the face also.   

Andersok
Posted June 26, 2017 - 6:16am

Panel Member

I also could not find a matching advertisement to help identify the model, so I'll have to go with Accutron Calendar for now. Nice watch!