Bulova 1963 Accutron

Submitted by pleal on September 15, 2023 - 10:47am
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This watch was given to my grandfather, in 1962, on his 25th year with the GM company Saginaw Steering Sear, in Saginaw, Michigan. That's really all I know of its origin. I'm guessing that it was also made in 1962, but I guess it could be earlier.

Several years ago I had the battery replaced but the movement failed shortly after. Recently, I took it into a reputable watch repair, and they rebuilt the movement and cleaned up the case.  Of course I should've had pictures taken of the interior, but failed to request this. I'm hoping you can help identify this watch regardless. Thank you very much!


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Posted September 17, 2023 - 8:55pm

Thank you for posting your Grandfathers' watch.  It is a great thing to have and even better to wear.   Interesting that the presentation date is 1962 but the watch has a 1963 date code.    I could not find an exact match to give it a variant number.   1963 Bulova Accutron for now until we can find a match to the dial and case.   It has very distinctive odd hour markers show hopefully the variant will turn up.

Posted September 18, 2023 - 6:08pm

I've struggled trying to find a good match. The Accutron "554" is a perfect match for the dial and hand combination, but the case is different. Still looking.

Jim I call it an 'even' hour hand set :-)

Geoff Baker
Posted September 19, 2023 - 9:34pm

Saginaw Steering Gear - it's been YEARS since I heard those words! The company I worked for for 30 years did TONS of work in those plants(we called them Plant 5 & 6 by that time)

I'm not sure I can find a nice match for this one, I would call it a 1963 Bulova Accutron (no variant)

Posted September 22, 2023 - 8:54am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

Thank you! My father also worked there and I believe he even spent some time in plant 5!  Small world indeed.  

Kathy L.
Posted September 22, 2023 - 1:04am

It is a lovely heirloom!  I didn't have any luck either.

1963 Bulova Accutron

Posted September 22, 2023 - 8:57am

In reply to by Kathy L.

It is lovely indeed, I am trying not to make it a daily wear, but it's hard not too!  My collection so far is very small and consists mainly of late model swiss and Tag pieces, but this is my current fav (for obvious reasons :)

Thank you for looking!