Bulova 1976 Accuquartz

Submitted by MKrusch on January 25, 2015 - 4:42pm
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This watch was a gift to my father back in the 1970's when he retired from Federal Gvt. Civilian employment.

The band is a replacement Speidel band (my father loved Speidel bands) as the original was stolen when he shipped it to a jeweler for cleaning and a new battery. The jeweler kept the original band (I think it was a gold band) and replaced it with a cheap imitation that my father didn't notice until later when the color started to wear off. My father was in his eighties when this happened and the jeweler was no longer in business when he tried getting back in touch with him.

I haven't taken the back off of the watch yet in order to get the serial number. I'm ordering some watch repair tools from online and will post the serial number once I get it.

This watch has the days of the week in Italian or Spanish. Very unusual since we live in the USA and my father worked in PA.

I've looked around online and haven't seen another one just like it. Curious to see if anyone else has seen one like this?

Bulova Accuquartz-1976-face
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Geoff Baker
Posted January 29, 2015 - 8:54pm

Hello MKrusch, welcome to myBulova. On the spectrum of old Bulova watches I think the ones inherited from family are the best, Congratulations on having this wonderful keepsake from your father. We would classify this as an Accuquartz model. Accuquartz was a bridge Bulova  model produced for a few years between the phase out of the Accutron models and the full switch to quartz movements. There were watches made that changed, or could be changed from Spanish day to English. I think on this model the date is advanced by tuning the crown while it's pushed in. The day should be changed by pulling the crown all the way out and advancing the time. It is possible that moving the crown opposite in one of the two positions will also change the day into English, maybe another member can chime in with suggestions.

As far as the ID I call it an Accuquartz.

Posted February 6, 2015 - 12:19pm

Very nicely kept watch, agree with Accuquartz

William Smith
Posted February 7, 2015 - 4:39am


Posted February 11, 2015 - 5:35am

A quick question to confirm the type of movement still in this watch - does the movement "hum" or "tick?"  Also, does the second hand make a smooth continuous sweep across the dial or does it jump from second to second?  A common thing to happen to old Accutrons was for jewelers and even Bulova themselves, to switch out the original movements and replace with a more modern quartz. 



Posted February 11, 2015 - 7:20am