Bulova 1963 Accutron

2/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1963
Movement Model: 
214H
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
1-135925
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
33.7mm
Additional Information: 

1963 British H.S. Broad Arrow Military

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1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch
1963 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
Posted September 7, 2017 - 6:56pm

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1963 Accutron

jabs
Posted September 8, 2017 - 12:59am

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+1

mybulova_admin
Posted September 8, 2017 - 4:24am

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So what does the HS stand for.

leakya
Posted September 8, 2017 - 7:01am

It is the mark of the British Royal Navy Hydrographic Service.

mybulova_admin
Posted September 10, 2017 - 12:11am

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So does that mean that these would have been issued to military personnel?

leakya
Posted September 10, 2017 - 12:47am

Yes it's a rare naval issue Accutron, the acid etched (rather than engraved or stamped) markings with the HS and the military arrow or pheon are used by the RN in their surveying of oceanic and other water features. These are for navigational charting mainly, but include all marine activities.

 

mybulova_admin
Posted September 10, 2017 - 1:07am

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I notice a lot of reference watches had a number after the arrow, but look to be earlier watches.

British Navy watch HS markings.

leakya
Posted September 10, 2017 - 1:21am

There are less than a dozen known examples of the Accutron HS, all from 1963. They are thought to be a small consignment of trial watches that eventually was not taken up by the Admiralty.

Nothing definite is known about them, all is speculation by military specialist collectors.