Bulova 1961 Accutron SpaceView

Submitted by FranciscoMIII on August 4, 2020 - 7:25pm
Manufacture Year
1961
Movement Model
214
Case Serial No.
D56654
Case shape
Other
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Thank you for allowing me to share my latest addition to my collection

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1961 14K Alpha Case
Marked M3 1963
Back of 214
1961 Case back marked M1
FranciscoMIII
Posted August 4, 2020 - 7:38pm

I recently purchased from an auction site. I have no information on its history or if it is an actual Space view or a conversion.

While cleaning the crystal came out and i can not reassemble. Sending it to he serviced and have a new crystal installed 

neetstuf-4-u
Posted August 4, 2020 - 8:46pm

Welcome to mybulova. Very cool, thanks for sharing. At first, I thought this might be a conversion. Based on this ad dated 1964, it appears your watch is a 

1961 Accutron Spaceview "D".

spaceviewD

Here it is as noted in the ad with conventional dial from Bulova 1961 linebook

spaceviewDwith dial

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FranciscoMIII
Posted August 15, 2020 - 2:44pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

NeetStuf,

  I apologize for not mentioning this before. Thank you very much for taking the time to find and post this. It is nice to know that there are those who are willing to share their knowledge with others and do so with little expectation of receiving anything in return.  

You all are a great group of people and I feel lucky to have found you and that you all have allowed me into your group. 

Astronaut M2
Posted August 16, 2020 - 5:48am

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

This is a 1962 Bulova Dealers Card, You can tell it's a 1962 or earlier watch because it has a "fils" sweep second hand that was used from 1960 to 1962, Starting in 1963 Bulova switched to the "cone" style sweep second hands...

1961 Spaceview D

 

FranciscoMIII
Posted August 16, 2020 - 4:33pm

In reply to by Astronaut M2

Astronaut,

  Your saying I shouldn't have the parts swapped out like an old set of tires. 

Do you think it is possible to restore it to its original state? Do you know if the coil assembly can be repaired? It looks like most of the time they're just replaced. I think it has the wrong or newer pallet plate and tuning fork both have markings the earlier versions did not. This would most likely add to the cost and I definitely wouldn't be wearing it out on date night anytime soon. 

Not to mention finding a craftsman who really really knows these watches. 

I'm not sure this poor watch landed in the right hands. 

mybulova_admin
Posted August 20, 2020 - 5:12am

In reply to by Astronaut M2

Astro...has this been confirm? Is this 100% the case?

If so it's a great way on checking the movement is correct for the period if the case.

Astronaut M2
Posted August 20, 2020 - 7:21am

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Oh yes for the first three years 1960/1961/1962 there are very distinct components that were used which makes it a great way to tell how original the movement is...

Here are some of the things to look for in the first three years... 

ID 1ID 2

   

ID 3

 

Astronaut M2
Posted August 20, 2020 - 9:43am

In reply to by Astronaut M2

So going by these I'd say the movement is not 100% original...