Accutron Astronaut

Bulova 1962 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1962
Movement Model: 
214HN
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
-
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

1962 Accutron Astronaut 2 Gen

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1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch

Bulova 1964 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
L
Manufacture Year: 
1964
Movement Model: 
Astronaut
Case Serial No.: 
K85076
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

This is my first post, just received this lovely original silver dial M4 Astronaut on Kreisler coffin link band.

i just love Bulova accutron watches, this is my fourth piece!

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1964 Bulova Accutron Astronaut watch
1964 Bulova watch
1964 Bulova watch

Bulova 1966 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1966
Movement Model: 
214HN
Case Serial No.: 
B50809
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
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1966 Bulova Accutron Astronaut watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
1966 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1968 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1968
Movement Model: 
214HN
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1-613940
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
#1245 31mm Crystal
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova Accutron Swiss Astronaut. 1968 (M8). This is the "Cream Dial" Swiss Variant known as the Type 4 Swiss Astro. There are two "Type 4" variants (Both Swiss).  A Black Dial and a Cream Dial. The Black Dial is way more common. This Cream Dial Astronaut has a correct Swiss  1966(M6) 214HN GMT movement. This one has the unique inlaid Black Enamel Bezel, only found on Type 4 Swiss Astronauts. The Cream Dial has the correct Painted Tuning Fork LOGO at 12 o'clock, applied Baton hour markers in all other postions, also unique to only Type 4 Swiss Astronauts . Because the 24hour GMT hand has to clear the applied markers on the dial, the  24hour GMT hand is 'stepped'. The hands are correct Baton hands only found on the Type 4 Swiss variants.The case number is 546-2 which is unique to the Swiss Astronauts. The other USA Astronauts are case# 2410. There isn't alot of other info on these Swiss variants. I included a link to the Astronaut variants. I don't know of any ad that show this Cream Dial. I have seen a few ads with the Black Dial. 

 

http://www.decadecounter.com/accutron/astronaut.htm

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1968 Bulova Astronaut watch
1968 Bulova watch
1968 Bulova watch
1968 Bulova watch
1968 Bulova watch

Bulova 1971 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
Mk II
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
2185
Case Serial No.: 
3-266047
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

Bulova Accutron Astronaut Mark II "H" from 1971

All stainless steel case housing the 2185 Accutron movement; wonderful dial with blue and orange accents; original band with the Accutron logo on the clasp; hard to find a scratch or mark on this so perhaps it was never worn or NOS.

Advert from 1970

 

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1971 Bulova watch
1971 Bulova watch
1971 Bulova watch
1971 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1962 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1962
Movement Model: 
214HN
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E94654
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Crystal Ref. # 1245 31.0 mm
Additional Information: 
Accutron Astronaut M2, The first stainless steel Astronaut ever made, It's unclear if they were ever released for sale to the general public, The dial only says "Accutron" on it, The hands and markers are of white nonluminous paint, The movement is stamped "USA" and "214HN" and has a date code of "M2" which is the same as the back cover, It has a early type applied logo Kreisler USA Coffin Link Stainless Steel Bracelet.   This watch is Made in the USA and is true Red, White, and Blue through and through and was given to and used by all the X-15 Test Pilots, It's very questionable to say Omega had the moon given that Bulova 214 based Clocks, timers, and switches were used extensively throughout the Apollo spacecraft including the lunar lander and they all did the real work while Omega got the title "Moon Watch" ! The Bulova Accutron Astronaut paved the way into space and to the moon starting with the X-15 program and ending with Apollo program and that is a FACT !!!    This stainless steel "Astronaut" model was made before all of the other stainless steel Astronaut watches for only one year 1962 and has a date code of M2 on the case back and movement, There was one Accutron Astronaut watch made before this one with a date code M1 (1961) but it was a 18k Solid Gold Astronaut watch (possible known as the "Royal" Astronaut), Some people might say that a Platinum Accutron or the 18k Solid Gold Astronaut is rarer but I say to that I've seen real world pictures showing a few of each other those watches with over a hand full of the 18k Solid Gold Astronaut known to still be around with one of those for sale on ebay as I type this BUT other than some pictures in Bulova ads and the real thing in pictures on the wrists of X-15 test pilots I've never seen another one of these 1962 Astronaut watches ANYWHERE ! can you honestly say you have ???    Here are some of the undisputed facts about this rarest of rare Accutron Astronaut watch that sets it apart from Any of the other Astronaut watches ever made......   #1 the dial that only says "Accutron" and used nonluminous white paint on the hour markers and no rather large single dots between the hour markers unlike all other Astronaut watches (other than the near equally rare 1963 Astronaut)   #2 the spade hands that Bulova lifted from the aviation panel clocks of the time which were also painted with the same nonluminous white paint as the dial markers, The spade hands were only used for less than one year in 1962 before Bulova changed them in 1963 to the hands you see on the common Astronauts, They are Accutron 214 spade Rail Roal hands painted white and this fact has recently been verified by a number of highly knowledgeable sources of Accutrons of this type    #3 This 1962 Astronaut watch came with only one type of bracelet, the early applied logo Kreisler USA Coffin Link Bracelet   The Accutron Astronaut definitely evolved very quickly in that first year, Bulova started making the all stainless steel Astronaut in 1962 and sometime around late 1962 / early 1963 they changed the first type of hands to the luminous hands which are the most commonly seen hands on the Astronaut after 1963 and at the same time added luminous paint to the hour marker to match the now luminous hands and other than that one change to the dial it is exactly the same as the very first dial to be used in the all stainless steel 1962 Astronaut watches and really is every bit as rare as the first nonluminous dial that was used, Sometime around late 1963 Bulova added "Astronaut" to the dial and also added the large luminous dots in-between the now luminous hour markers, Then sometime in 1964 they switched to the "bullet" bracelet. From then on the evolution of the Accutron Astronaut slowed way down with relatively small changes made to it over the rest of it's live.  
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1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
1962 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1963 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Model: 
214HN
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
C24039
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
Clear 31.0mm
Additional Information: 

Bulova Accutron Astronaut "A" M3 Stainless Steel Standard Silver Dial with Luminous Second Hand, JB Champion Bullet Link Bracelet with Accutron logo clasp..... 

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Accutron Astronaut M3 Standard Silver w/LS
1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch

Bulova 1969 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Variant: 
MK II E
Manufacture Year: 
1969
Movement Model: 
2185 Bulova-Accutron
Case Serial No.: 
G232782
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Bulova Astronaut Mark ll 1969

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1969 Bulova watch

Bulova 1968 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1968
Movement Model: 
accutron
Case Serial No.: 
1-676583
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I bought my Accutron Astronaut new at the PX in Vietnam in 1971.  It's been sitting in my desk drawer without a battery for the last 35 years maybe.

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1968 Bulova watch

Bulova 1961 Accutron Astronaut

Model ID rating explained.
Manufacture Year: 
1961
Movement Model: 
214H
Movement Jewels: 
Unknown
Case Serial No.: 
D75654
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

18k gold Astronaut

Swiss movement

 

Bought at auction in UK - Jan 2015

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Astronaut C 18K gold
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