Bulova 1967 Accutron

Submitted by JBFLA on June 9, 2021 - 10:49am
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Accutron watch Lower Case Back
Posted June 9, 2021 - 10:58am

This is my grandfather's watch - I plan to put a new battery into it and see if it works.   Currently has a Union Carbide 387 battery, so I know it's more than a few years old.  I think it's a very hansom piece - I have a few Omegas, and this would be just as nice to wear, but I'm not a fan of the Spidel watch band.  Would like to know what kind of band it would have come with originally.  Haven't decided on what I'll be doing with the watch - might need a good cleaning, and, if it runs, it would be a nice daily wearer.

Posted June 10, 2021 - 12:38pm

A very nice design with these bow-tie cases. I am seeing a match to the Accutron '218' model, which originally would have come with a black alligator strap. There was a similar model a few years later that used a rally strap.

Nice heirloom piece.


Linebook-163 from 1966

Posted June 10, 2021 - 1:10pm

Thanks so much - I was looking at the "bow tie" feature when trying to determine the model and I didn't come across it - thanks for locating it for me.  I really like it with the black alligator strap vs. the current Spidel.  I'll probably get it cleaned up a bit and put one of those on and wear the heck out of it.  Battery is due in today!  thanks again1

Kathy L.
Posted June 10, 2021 - 3:18pm

A very nice heirloom from your grandfather.  I hope you get it working and enjoy wearing it!!  Nice ad match Ken.

1967 Bulova Accutron 218

Posted June 10, 2021 - 6:31pm

So - I guess good news and bad...  

Battery came in - I popped it in - and I hear the tone, or hum from the back of it (very cool and very not what I'm used to) - but - it doesn't run - does not sweep the second hand or advance the minute hand.  Only left the battery in for 2 minutes to check if it moved.  So - I guess I need to get it serviced - as I understand, watches that have been sitting have probably glued themselves together internally.  Or - it could have been sitting in the jewelry box because it didn't work 20 years ago - who knows! I'll update after I get it serviced.

Geoff Baker
Posted June 10, 2021 - 8:58pm

A wonderful keepsake from your grandfather, congratulations!

1967 Bulova Accutron 218

Posted June 10, 2021 - 10:52pm

That is helpful - thanks!  I'm encouraged by all the great people here - really appreciate it!