Accutron Navigator

Bulova 1966 Accutron Navigator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
TE-18
Manufacture Year: 
1966
Movement Model: 
214H
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
unknown
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Flat Glass
Additional Information: 

I have read discussions here and there were some people have claimed that Bulova never made a Mark I and in a way they didn't but this never made any sense to me, I mean why would Bulova start with the Mark II and and not the Mark I ? well that's because the first "Marine Navigator" was a experimental prototype Bulova used as a proof of concept and was the first in a line of marine timekeepers to be made, In the beginning (1966) Bulova wasn't even thinking about the next "Marine Navigator" to be released, heck they hadn't even released this one yet so there was no need for a "Mark" anything, Officially this marine timekeeper was called the "Model TE-18 Navigational Timepiece Experimental Model" which is a bit of a mouth full, This new marine timekeeper was only identified by the dial which simply said "Bulova Accutron" on it, not a real catchy name for this new marine timekeeper but that would later be changed to "Accutron Navigator Mark II" for release to the general public (1967), How many were made and how many may still exist is unknown but I know of only one ! It is currently owned by Chris Hooper of Windy City Watch Collector who runs the web site Windy City Watch Collector: Vintage Watches, Chronometers & Military Timepieces for Sale, When it went into production it was very much unchanged from the experimental prototype used for testing and from what I can tell the only thing changed was the name. Suffusive to say among the "Marine Navigators" Bulova produced it's the holy grail for collectors !

 

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Accutronitis 1966 Marine navigator 09 06 2014
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Bulova Watch

Bulova 1967 Accutron Navigator

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
Mark II
Manufacture Year: 
1967
Movement Model: 
214H
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
B29824
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Flat Glass
Additional Information: 

Bulova Marine Navigator Mark II, It employs three interconnected Accutron 214H Chronometric micro-power plants that are offset 120 degrees from each other as the time-keeping standard for this ship's chronometer, It has a 24 hour dial with hours on the inner hash mark ring and minutes and seconds on the outer hash mark ring, Under the 24 hour mark is printed with black lettering "ACCUTRON" and immediately below it is "Navigator Mark II", just above the 12 hour mark also printed with black lettering "BULOVA", The case back is stamp with "BULOVA" and "PATENED STAINLESS STEEL" and on the flat area of the case back it is stamped with "B29824" and under that is "M7", It has a much larger battery housing that screws onto the case back in place of the battery hatch cover and a large knurled handle that is pull outwards for activating the hacking mechanism and if turned for setting the time of day, The movements are installed in a large solid brass housing and are accessed by screwing the upper portion of the housing from the lower base housing, The case is sealed against moisture and sudden changes in barometric pressure by means of a large o-ring, To protect the chronometer from shock it is mounted in a wooden box with a rubber floor that has a disk shaped brass coupling interface that has a snap ring that locks the housing base of the chronometer to the rubber floor, once it's locked inside the box also has a inner clear plexiglas lid that further protects the glass face of the chronometer.

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 Accutronitis 1967 Bulova 05 04 2015
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
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