Bulova 1965 Accutron SpaceView

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
214
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
E54970
Case shape: 
Round
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Movement is hallmarked M6. This Spaceview uses the Germanium PNP transistor, denoted by the 3 wire (red, yellow, green) connecting the coil pair.

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William Smith
Posted August 22, 2014 - 1:07am

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Got it...the case ID number, not the unique serial number of the watch.

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jmh86325
Posted August 21, 2014 - 9:55pm

the inked 4 digit on the inside of the case back is the case number...can you make it out...that will confirm is it is a proper spaceview..Accutronredux can you make them out?....nice watch BTW

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Accutronitis
Posted August 22, 2014 - 1:32am

Yea it is quite a looker and the display stand is very cool to !

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bobbee
Posted August 22, 2014 - 3:38am

It looks to me to be either 5327 or 5377. Enlarged and looked at from acute angles!

Accutronredux
Posted August 22, 2014 - 8:23am

Thanks for the nice comments. The watch is still in my collection and keeping excellent time. Just took the back off to check the ink stamps. The only clearly  visible number is the 10/5 which indicates the watch was manufactured in October of 1965. This matches the M5 (1965) date code on rhe case back.

As to the four number code indicating case and crystal number, I am afraid they are almost gone. This often happens when the watch is serviced. The speculation by bobbee as to 5327 or 5377 is a pretty good guess.

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jmh86325
Posted August 22, 2014 - 9:22am

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

though not all inclusive ths database is pretty good...havent been able to locate a 5000 series spaceview at all in my other accutron archives...could it be a conversion?...

Accutronredux
Posted August 22, 2014 - 9:42am

The only discernable numbers are 3 and 7. The other two are best guess options, so there is no clear four number code that can be identified as a 5000 series. The watch was purchased on ebay, so a conversion is always a possibility. The case year and movement year match, and as noted in the original post, it has the 3 wire movement configuration. It was during this 1964/65 time period that Bulova was switching to the two wire movement, so this was the last of the breed. BTW, it has the later three solder points and not the early five solder points so it leads me to believe the movement is original to the watch.

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Accutronitis
Posted August 22, 2014 - 10:01am

There is a "2387", that is the only number i could find that contains a 3 and 7, it's a chapter ring spaceview but it is a straight lug like the one in the ad, the bezel on this watch is a 2548 "Bolt Head Lugs" and as far as i can tell that style bezel was not offered as a spaceview. but i could be wrong. :^)

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bobbee
Posted August 22, 2014 - 11:32am

I've seen ads for a RR model with those same lugs.

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Accutronitis
Posted September 6, 2015 - 6:47am

Also the 2548 "bolt head lug" case was not a chapter ring case so what appears to be a chapter ring is in fact a "coined" dial that has been cut out and install between the movement and the case to look like a real chapter ring which is installed between the case and the crystal......