Bulova 1970 Accutron

Submitted by Steven R Grim on December 23, 2022 - 11:42am
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Bulova Accutron Watch 10kt. gold filled bezel A17696 NO

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Front with gold specks
Posted December 24, 2022 - 11:25pm

Thank you for posting your watch. I am not a expert on Accutrons but I am surprised to see a 214 movement in a 1970 watch as it is clearly marked N0 for 1970 date code.. I thought by the mid 1960's Bulova had moved to the 218 with had a crown at 4 o'clock instead of rear wind.

Steven R Grim
Posted December 25, 2022 - 4:16am

Thank you for your comments

Posted December 27, 2022 - 4:53am

Jim, the site has Accutron 214's right up to 1977.

I match it to a 1970 Bulova Accutron "412". 10KT GF case with SS back.

1970 Bulova Accutron "412"

Steven R Grim
Posted December 27, 2022 - 9:55am

Thank you both, I appreciate your time .

This is a 412 and not a 214 with a spiegel watch band, Is there a name for the watch face, the picture does not show the gold glittering face.


Geoff Baker
Posted December 27, 2022 - 10:17pm

Steven - Bulova named this watch model the Accutron 412 according to the catalog entry shown above. The movement inside your watch is referred to as the Accutron 214. 214 movements were unique in that they are back set as opposed to set by an external winding crown like almost all other watches. The second generation of the Accutron movement had a conventional winding crown but it was located at the four o'clock position. The Speidel band on your watch is not original but an aftermarket replacement. I'm not sure what you are referring to about showing a gold glittering face.

1970 Bulova Accutron 412

Steven R Grim
Posted December 28, 2022 - 9:13am

Thank you, I understand now about the watch, the face has I do not really how to describe it, more sun burst maybe.

Geoff Baker
Posted December 28, 2022 - 10:41pm

In reply to by Steven R Grim

Steven - it's difficult to say without actually having  the watch in hand but I suspect it's age discolorization. 

Posted December 28, 2022 - 8:40pm

1970 Bulova Accutron 412 looks to be a good match.