Bulova 1965 Accutron

Submitted by Wynot on May 24, 2017 - 3:22am
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I was at a garage sale and asked if they had any watches.  They went inside and came out with this, a Lord Elgin, two Armitrons and a Gruen cal 823.

I popped a battery into the Accutron and it didn't run.  Then I remembered reading about someone tapping his on his workbench.  I gave it a light tap and it's humming away.  I guess sometimes the tuning forks need a little push.  

1965 Bulova Accutron 410 watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
1965 Bulova watch
Posted May 24, 2017 - 7:37am

That is a great yard sale find, congrats! I've gone through the ads and I can't believe this one is not in there. The case design can be seen in other Bulova models like the late 50s His Excellency. Similar watch here. I think this one will be an Accutron (unknown variant/model number).

Posted May 24, 2017 - 11:02am

Thank you!  I selected FOR SALE on this one.  Now that you've identified it as an unknown variant, I may have to reconsider.  Without talking value, can you say if being an unknown variant has a significant impact on collectability?

Geoff Baker
Posted May 25, 2017 - 5:50am

I don't see an Accutron match either, I agree we can tag it only as "Accutron". I think the collectability impact of that is low. I imagine there are two types of collectors, those looking for a specific model to fulfill a need or a spot in their collection and those looking for vintage watches, maybe by brand, in excellent condition. My guess is that there are more of the latter.

Posted May 27, 2017 - 1:24am

Agree with Geoffs comments. Bulova manufactured a great many of these Accutron watches throughout the 1960s and 70s. With that said however I think that you are extremely lucky to have bought such a great watch in working order. I'd love to be able to do the same here in Australia, but all we get at garage sales is old spoons :-)

For now I can only ID it as a 1965 Bulova Accutron. It will have a 'model' number but that is as yet unknown. Thanks for adding, you've made me jealous :-)

Posted May 27, 2017 - 3:34pm

Thank you for your kind words.  We get our fair share of spoons here in Wyoming, as well.  The new rage is local 'internet only' auctions.  They discovered that by doing 'internet only' they could drastically reduce their labor costs and increase exposure.  Deals are getting harder to find.

Posted May 28, 2017 - 5:28am

Found an advert showing it as the Bulova Accutron '410'.

1965 Bulova Accutron 410


Geoff Baker
Posted May 28, 2017 - 7:05am

Cool find  - looks like the band might even be original.

Accutron 410