Bulova 1964 Accutron "261"

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.7525
Variant: 
261
Manufacture Year: 
1964
Movement Model: 
214H
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
1-264887 M4
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

18Kt solid gold watch and wristband. The face has the Bulova logo representing the 12 o'colock position and Bulova Accutron underneath in gold letters, SWISS is written in black under the 6 o'clock. On the inside of the opened case it is stamped in a box 115, 18K, 0,750. It is hallmark 18 - 750 & an O with a dash at 6 o’clock. It has a teardrop shaped stamp containing a head in profile with a crown. SWISS 340. Etched in the case it reads 9388/7045/28/12/04    12/9 and finally BL is stamped. when the cover is closed PATENED WATER PROOF AND BULOVA 18KT.  And 1-264887. M4 is etched

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JP
Posted October 5, 2013 - 10:49am

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Very nice 214. 

My vote is 214 Accutron

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Reverend Rob
Posted October 5, 2013 - 3:18pm

Panel Member

Yep, 214.

mybulova_admin
Posted October 6, 2013 - 7:05am

Club 5000Panel Member

Dune, does the clasp of the band have Bulova Accutron also written on it?

Could be an Accurton 214 - 26106

Dune
Posted October 6, 2013 - 10:40am

Dear Admin,

The watch is "heavier" than those shown in the advert as it is quite bulky being a solid gold 18Kt watch & wristband rather than rolled or gold plate. On the inside of the clasp again is stamped BL. 18. .750 and a O with a line through the bottom at 6 o'clock position [pardon the pun] and finally what seems to be a capital I or 1

Could anyone advise what the .750 relates to on the clasp and inside of the bottom cover .750 is stamped next to the BL & 18Kt near the hallmark? The stamps and text are the same on the watch and wristband as they were bought as one piece rather than watch and then wristband.

Lastly I noticed on the watch and wristband it's stamped 18K and/or 18Kt rather than 18ct on the advert???

Please advise how many jewels the 214H movement has?

Regards

Dune

Geoff Baker
Posted October 7, 2013 - 4:39am

Club 5000Panel Member

Good questions Dune.

Karat ('K" or "Kt")- term used to define the PURITY of gold

Carat  ( "Ct")- term used to determine WEIGHT of gem stone

In the USA 'Karat' purity marking are required, in the EU the percentage of pure gold is a requirement hence 75% pure gold  (18 K being 75% pure gold) would be marked .750 in the EU. Makes sense that a modern manufactured product would carry both markings.

BTW - beautiful time piece

Geoff Baker
Posted October 7, 2013 - 4:42am

Club 5000Panel Member

Accutron 214 is my vote, not so sure on the 26106 though, bracelet is not a match - advert says the 26106 has two-tone.

mybulova_admin
Posted October 7, 2013 - 4:46am

Club 5000Panel Member

I agree .750 equates to 18K gold which is why I thought of the 26106. It is a 18K model and looks very similar to the subject watch. Band variant?

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Posted October 9, 2013 - 7:22am

An interesting dilemma.

The Watch is an 'ACCUTRON' Series 214, possibly  model # 261 with the additional 06 of the model # displayed indicating a 6th variant of that model.

In looking at the 1965 ad K is adverised as #26101 and is essentially the same Watch on a Leather strap.

I believe this is the only database ad showing 'ACCUTRON' model #'s to 5 digits and agree with admins' strap variant theory.

 

'ACCUTRON' 261

 

mybulova_admin
Posted October 9, 2013 - 7:20am

Club 5000Panel Member

The model ID would need to be Accutron "261" not 214 as we decided to not use the movement model series as the variant.

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Posted October 9, 2013 - 7:22am

agreed