Bulova 1974 Accutron

Submitted by mdpalmer157 on September 27, 2016 - 6:46am
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dont know the movement number, dont want to open the case.

it is a 1974 accutron (N5)

silver case and silver hands

white face

serial number I 925411

someone once told me it could have been a exhibition model to see if there was interest in this style of watch but not sure if this is true.

any info would be helpfull

1974 Accutron Bulova watch
1974 Bulova watch
1974 Bulova watch
Posted September 27, 2016 - 12:42pm

Looks to be a standard Accutron, most likely with a 218 movement. I looked through the ads to find a variant, but did not find a match. Appears to be in real fine condition.

1975 Accutron

Posted September 27, 2016 - 1:46pm


Posted September 27, 2016 - 1:53pm

Thanks for the reply, any idea on how many were made. 

It is in good condition. I think it has had a new strap before I got it and a couple of batteries since I have owned it. 

I paid £60 for it 8 years ago. Do they hold their value well?

it is hardly worn so don't know what to do with it. 


Posted September 27, 2016 - 8:54pm


Geoff Baker
Posted September 28, 2016 - 6:00am

Hello mdpalmer157, welcome to myBulova. We don't have access to Bulova production records so we can't say how many were made. The Accutron line was a huge success for Bulova for many years (first produced in the early 1960's) and covered dozens and dozens of variations and variants. There were two basic movement types, the 214 movement didn't have a setting crown but was set by means of a lever on the case back. The 218 movement had a setting crown at the 4 o'clock position, which makes it instantly recognizable as an Accutron.

Some Bulova watches were given proper names like Senator or President. The Accutron line was mostly given number designations like 206, 209 etc. As we can't find (yet) and advert match to your watch we just call it 'Accutron".

Your's is stainless steel which was very common and popular. We aren't able to perform appraisals but you may get some idea of value by researching online auction results. 

Thanks for sharing it.

1974 Accutron

Posted September 29, 2016 - 8:02am

The Accutron '259' is close but has a few differences, the main one being a red sweep hand. This subject watch looks to have a black one.

Generic Bulova Accutron for me for now.

I do like the bold case style and that dial is super clean.

Posted October 10, 2016 - 9:02am

I'm a watchmaker and specialize in Accutron restoration and repair. N-5 is 1975, N-4 is 1974 .. Movement is most likely Accutron 218 - 0 the "0" means No Day or Date window.


In 1975 the production of the single coil Movements began and then the 219 Quartz a little later. You need to have the watch serviced why? Because the batteries will leak once drained and ruin the Movement.

I estimate the value to be XXXX (price valuation removed by admin - not allowed per site rules) Serviced and Running. The strap is important as if its the original with original Accutron Signed Buckle the watch becomes worth more. Old Accutrons are hot right now. Check ebay. But many are overpriced and have stopped running decades ago. The problem is without regular service Accutrons had voltage control problems and when the original Mercury Cell Batteries were banned in the USA replacement batteries used were often not correct for the Movements causing damage. I have seen this 100 times.

You have a nice example of a 1974 Accutron 218. 

Hope this helps

John V. (JEV1A) 


Posted March 31, 2021 - 12:11pm

The OP watch appears to be Accutron Model 255. 

Model 255


Model 255a