Bulova 1961 Accutron

Submitted by ldhunter1959 on September 30, 2020 - 7:27am
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This is another I found of my dad's. I like this watch. It has been refurbished some. My jeweler sent it off to a Bulova guy he trusts and I think he did a very good job. Pictures don't really show it perhaps. My understanding this is a first generation Accutron, based on input received here previously. The jeweler made a comment that when setting it (and he had to show me how to set it) is that you take it "back" to the time you want, go past that time and then forward to correct time. Also made a reference that sometimes with this model you have to tap it on the 11 after setting it - not sure about that. Not sure why the back is so scratched up.

accutron face cleaned up
Back is pretty scratched up
Posted October 2, 2020 - 12:24am

Your Dad had great taste in watches.  I could not find an exact ad match but it is a 1961 Bulova Accutron.

Posted October 2, 2020 - 7:45am

He had lots of Timex watches as well. None functioning that we found. The jeweler refenced this as a 214, but that is only the movement I am guessing. At 1961 that puts in the first year of Accutron production, correct?


Geoff Baker
Posted October 2, 2020 - 9:29pm

In reply to by ldhunter1959

Accutron was introduced in 1960, they are celebrating their sixtieth anniversary this year.

Posted October 5, 2020 - 9:10am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I went out and checked pricing on their 20th anniversary watches. Guessing I will just have to be happy with my 59 year old one.

Posted October 3, 2020 - 7:57am

In reply to by ldhunter1959

2nd year of production but still a rare bird all the same.

I couldn't find a match for this dialand case variation. 

The 214 movement are easy recognised by the lack of a winding/setting crown on the site of the watch, but instead on the back of the case. This was another first for Bulova I believe.