Bulova 1975 Accutron

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.67
Manufacture Year: 
1975
Movement Model: 
218
Case Serial No.: 
2t31535
Case shape: 
Tonneau
Additional Information: 

Goodmorning I have received this old-stock watch as a gift from my uncle, and I woould like to know some further information about it (gender, volts, type of watchstrap etc...) It's my first time I own a Bulova so I'd like to improve my new passion...many thanks

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1975 Accutron Bulova watch
1975 Bulova watch
JP
Posted March 30, 2013 - 10:29am

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Have you checked our data base for the year your watch was made?? It is a dandy and should be serviced and worn with pride. What you have there is a tunning fork watch and when running correctly it should hum, no ticking to the watch. I can't tell you what battery you need since I don't know the model number but a 218 is what I am thinking.

If you could peel off the sticker on the case back it could  give us more information, and if you can pop the back off and take pics of the movement as it sets in the case it will also give more information.

JP

mybulova_admin
Posted March 30, 2013 - 6:58pm

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Will more than likely only have a model number. There are a few similar in the advert database but nothing thats a match so far.

Generic Accutron so far. We can always add the model number when found.

oliverb
Posted March 30, 2013 - 8:24pm

A picture of the movement will answer many questions. Is there a date code stamped on the case back? It consists of a letter and a number. Example: N3 = 1973, where "N" stands for the decade 1970 and the number for the specific year of that decade.

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William Smith
Posted March 30, 2013 - 9:08pm

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I think I see an N5 on the case back picture.

OldTicker
Posted March 30, 2013 - 8:37pm

The movement on this one should be a 2183 because of the lack of a sweep seconds hand and the 3:00 stem placement. I have come across a couple of these before but have not found a ad with the model info. Generic Accutron from me.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 31, 2013 - 5:55am

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Hi Darby - welcome. Nice Accutron you brought us. Assuming that your watch is a 1975 model it's likely that Bulova didn't give it a proper name, by that time most of their watches were just given model numbers. When we can't find a proper designation we catalog it in the database as Accutron ("generic" doesn't mean it's average or normal, it just means it's all we have to go on). It really is a nice watch.  

To answer your questions - The watch appears to be a mans watch, in those days men's watches weren't the behemoths we see today. Hard to tell anything about the strap but it might have some marking not shown in the photos. I'm pretty sure that all the Accutron movements were 1.35 volts but there are two or three different batteries they used. Accutron battery replacement is a topic I will leave to one of out Accutron experts as there is a bit of controversy over which battery is correct. 

Sounds like you're officially hooked on Bulova's now, off to ebay for you to buy a drawer full!!

lylel396
Posted March 31, 2013 - 10:39am

  I'd sure like to see a picture of the movement.

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William Smith
Posted March 31, 2013 - 5:46pm

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Nice watch.  I quickly checked the ads, and saw similar, but nothing "exact".
Maybe others will spot this one in the many ads we have.

I'm good with 1975 Accutron for now (model name/number unknown).  

Movement info would be nice. Since we are ID'ing based on the case, it may not matter....but if the watch was serviced, the jeweler could have replaced the original movement with a newer quartz just to get it running again.  This was pretty common, or at least not uncommon. 

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Accutronitis
Posted September 6, 2015 - 6:33am

I don't think there is a 218 in this watch but i could be wrong, more likely a 2210 if anything......