Bulova 1968 Accutron Astronaut

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Model ID rating explained.
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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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SpaceviewM2
Posted October 26, 2016 - 7:31pm

I forgot to include in the description that this Astronaut does have the correct JB Champion Stainless Steel Tapered Link Bullet  Band. 

mybulova_admin
Posted October 27, 2016 - 7:39am

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Have you come across any adverts for this model yet?

It's a great looking watch.

The link is also a great reference, so I'll add to the 'Watch links' page for future visitors.

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SpaceviewM2
Posted October 27, 2016 - 10:23am

mybulova_admin wrote:

Have you come across any adverts for this model yet?

It's a great looking watch.

The link is also a great reference, so I'll add to the 'Watch links' page for future visitors.

I have seen one "colorized" add that showed the Black Dial Swiss Astro and it seemed to show 2 different Style numbers for that ad but it was a fuzzy ad so I will try to find that ad in better condition. Will post it if or when I find it.

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SpaceviewM2
Posted October 27, 2016 - 5:31pm

mybulova_admin wrote:

Have you come across any adverts for this model yet?

It's a great looking watch.

The link is also a great reference, so I'll add to the 'Watch links' page for future visitors.

 

These are the only two ads I have found and they aren't in English and neither one show a Cream Dial Variant. 

 

It looks like the ad below has two Style #'s (21207,21208)? Maybe one Black Dial variant, one Cream Dial variant? Not sure? If I had Catalog info on these two Style numbers it would help but I haven't seen any yet. I do know that the 546-2 case number is correct but haven't linked that to a specific Bulova ad/catalog Style number yet. 

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SpaceviewM2
Posted October 28, 2016 - 2:49pm

mybulova_admin wrote:

Have you come across any adverts for this model yet?

It's a great looking watch.

 

I found another Swiss astro  Type 4 Ad and this one also shows Black Dial Variant as Style # 21207. So if I can find the Style # 21208 ad which I referenced in another post, that may lead us to the Cream Dial variant ad we are looking for. 

 

French Translation:

  "Bulova Accutron astronaut steel waterproof model with a moving window that indicated time of Greenwich and that of other time zone. Is preferred by the aero nautical industry intercontinental travelers and by some American Astronauts."

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SpaceviewM2
Posted October 28, 2016 - 2:53pm

mybulova_admin wrote:

Have you come across any adverts for this model yet?

 

 

Or the Black Dial Style #21207 may reference the leather strap option as see in the pic and the Black Dial Style # 21208 may reference the metal bracelet/Bullet Band option? I don't know. That's about as much as I can find.  

jabs
Posted October 27, 2016 - 7:46am

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Agree with "Type 4" variant, nice looking watch

Geoff Baker
Posted October 28, 2016 - 5:15am

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Accutron Astronaut

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William Smith
Posted November 6, 2016 - 12:05am

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I'm all in for the Accutrone Astronaut ID.  

Let's keep digging for a way to justify the model number, as while this may not be our usual "variant" designation, if we can nail down model number, that's more specific than generic Accutron Astronaut.

Again, Good ad layout SpaceViewM2 !