Bulova 1968 Accutron Astronaut

Submitted by lielaisozols on February 26, 2015 - 6:42am
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I bought my Accutron Astronaut new at the PX in Vietnam in 1971.  It's been sitting in my desk drawer without a battery for the last 35 years maybe.

lielaisozols 1968 Bulova 02 16 2015
1968 Bulova watch
Posted February 26, 2015 - 12:01pm

Very neat. Welcome to mybulova and thank you for posting the watch. Before you put a new battery in it, I would recommend that you have it serviced so it will continue to give you many years of service. There a several members that have the ability to do the cleaning of this great watch for a very reasonable cost.

John JP

William Smith
Posted February 26, 2015 - 1:30pm

I'm good w/ Accutron Astronaut for ID.

Posted February 26, 2015 - 1:38pm

Agree with Accutron Astronaut

Geoff Baker
Posted February 26, 2015 - 2:28pm

Hello lielaisozols, welcome to myBulova. No question it's an Astronaut. Not a very common variant, with the enameled black bezel. The stainless bezel is the more common. There is also a black and white version out there.

Congrats on hanging on to it all these years. Quite a keepsake of the time you spent in Viet Nam. It seems like everyone I ever met that was 'over there' brought back an expensive watch. I like yours a lot. We have a couple members that do restoration on these old gems. Let us know if your interested and I'll send you some names.

William Smith
Posted March 1, 2015 - 10:55am

In reply to by jmh86325

I agree
I really like the work that went into that classification scheme. It does a good job of describing and ID'ing various Astronaut variants, however it uses its own unique IDing system.  They don't pigeonhole into the advertised Bulova model names for many of their variants within each type, but thats only because vintage ads for various variants were not available at the time.