Bulova 1971 Accutron Deep Sea

Submitted by tunokies on April 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
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1971 Accutron Deep Sea Bulova watch
Posted April 24, 2016 - 10:10pm

Could you please add a photo of the back case and if possible the movment.

It's a great looking Accutron Day Date....just need more information to determine its age and model.

Posted April 25, 2016 - 1:26am

In reply to by mybulova_admin


Could you please add a photo of the back case and if possible the movment.

It's a great looking Accutron Day Date....just need more information to determine its age and model.


I think it's a 1971 Deep Sea


William Smith
Posted April 25, 2016 - 3:17am

Interesting "4" script for the last digit of case SN.  Almost looks like it is not flush with the other SN's. Slightly lower.  
We have some catalog ads, but I don't see this one in them.  Probably a Deep Sea, but for now I'm going 1970 Accutron Day Date.

Posted April 25, 2016 - 7:44am

This may actually be a Deep Sea model. There is an identical Deep Sea 'B' in this 1972 ad, but it displays red color markers - different from subject watch. Also a 1973 ad.

I would give this watch the Accutron Deep Sea name, not sure about the 'B' variant

Geoff Baker
Posted April 26, 2016 - 5:35am

Hello tunokies, welcome to myBulova. You asked in a repair forum about parts for this watch (I just can't find the forum back so I don't remember what you were looking for). Generally most of the parts will be available, it looks like you'll need gaskets for certain. The case reference number found inside the case back should help you narow down the gasket. We have at least one member, JP who has a supply of old Bulova parts and many can still be found on-line.

In terms of the ID, I think Ken nailed it in the post above. I think the hours markers probably were red once upon a time on your watch. I would vote to ID it as a Deep Sea model for sure and probably add the "B" variant designation.

Good luck restoring it, it's a nice looking watch.

Posted April 28, 2016 - 7:24am

I'm actually happy with the Accutron Deep Sea "B" variant call. The B/W advert doesn't indicate a colour and as such they may have had a few colour options but as the same variant. If we only had the BW image we'd say it was a "B" for sure.

So I'm tentative on a Accutron Deep Sea "B".

It's a great looking watch and 'm really liking the cargo tan colour dial and strap.

Posted April 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

I've found 2 others like mine for sale. Both are N1 (1971) 

One is on the bay (XXXX ebay item number removed by adminXXXX) it's on a horrible green striped Nato, but has the same dial and marker colouring.

More interesting though is one on (XXX auction site reference removed by adminXXX). Again same colouring but also with an old advert. 

Perhaps you can add it to your advert database.....


Geoff Baker
Posted April 29, 2016 - 5:32am

In reply to by tunokies

We've seen this photo in the past but have never been able to document it as an original Bulova advert. We decided, after a bit of debate that it seems to be a photo taken to advertise a watch for sale on an auction site. It's still a cool picture. As an advert it would almost always have had a tag line with the watch model number and would probably not had the 'c1972' verbiage. 

I also edited a couple details out of your post, myBulova doesn't allow direct references to current auctions or on-line sales. We do allow links to items that have sold. 

Posted April 30, 2016 - 6:49am

Thanks. I'll post some better pictures in a few weeks after restoration.

Posted May 10, 2016 - 2:37am

Hello guys,

I did buy that Deep Sea, tunokies referred to and right it's on a horrible nato strap, but it also has the original leather strap with the original Accutron buckle which is awesome :) Well on a second look maybe the strap is not original, not sure if they were ever issued on a leather strap, but the buckle has the tuning fork logo on it.

It's just been mailed, once I receive it I'll provide some photos if you'd like.