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Lost $60K Bulova Prototype

Found this interesting newspaper article from June 1960 regarding a man losing a $60K Bulova battery operated prototype.  I assume this was an early Accutron that would be released later in the year.   Funny how they used mine detectors to find it.  

 

The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) · 6 Jun 1960

mybulova_admin
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Posted May 21, 2019 - 10:55pm

It's normally policy not to link to an active eBay listing, but I think this one is ok.

Could this be the missing prototype?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/264322272834?ul_noapp=true

Anyone want to go part 100th share :-)

mybulova_admin
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Posted May 24, 2019 - 10:59pm

Note the movement model of 114.....the precursor to the 214.

Bulova Accutron prototype movement

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Astronaut M2
Posted May 31, 2019 - 8:33pm

I have seen a few of these, I believe they were in house practice watches for service trainees to practice on, But I'm not sure about that.... 

That's why the battery contact is so scratched up from the many times a test box was connected to it to check the work done...

def not worth $20,000 dollars... 

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Astronaut M2
Posted May 31, 2019 - 8:52pm

This is the 214 prototype...

 

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Astronaut M2
Posted May 31, 2019 - 9:11pm

There was a Bulova Cal. 114P. Only 100 where produced in 1959 for internal use

The guy selling it says he has 24 more of them...