Bulova 1968 Pocket Watch

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Manufacture Year: 
1969
Movement Model: 
218D
Case Serial No.: 
M7 Y537598
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Additional Information: 

 This pocket watch was my father's retirement gift in 1969.  The watch runs and is engraved on the back cover. Inside back cover is ink stamped 2-7 2775 Use only genuine accutron cell marked w-4 install with yellow seal towards case back (w-4 toward dial) This watch is a true tuning fork as it was made in the first time frame. Later ones are hybrids using Quartz Crystals to activate the tuning forks.  Since I first posted this I have found out that Bulova of New York contracted with a New Jersey Co. to supply movements, fabrication, cases, and engraving while the other company did all the advertising,ordering and shipping. I saw a old sales catalogue showing how to order it. The New Jersey co. did not have any records so that is as far as I can get. These were special ordered from New Jersey as part of an Employee award by his Employer in 1968-9.This is the company's current web address  http://www.allamericanemployeeawards.com/page/45030. Since my original post this watch has consistently kept percise time until battery wears down. I am replacing the battery using an Accu-cell #1 and getting about 11 months from each battery.  If you have one please post infomation to me as I am still curious if there were a lot of them made. I believe they were sold as part of the Executive Collection it is similar to the Ashton. I have seen 2 more like it 1 made in 1969 the other in 1978. They were up for auction. Images 3&4 show these other watches.

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 21, 2011 - 2:21pm

Tuning Fork logo on the Dial, part of the Accutron line.

Retiree's Son
Posted January 21, 2011 - 9:01pm

I knew it was an accutron but the only watch I've seen that even resembles it is an Ashton Convertible Desk & Pocket watch. Any help on a further ID would be appreciated.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 22, 2011 - 5:55am

OK, Your original post didn't state that You knew it was Accutron until You edited it and It may very well be a part of the Ashton ensemble.

The numbers printed inside the case are the ID, a good Accutron Dealer should be able to help given these.

ML

Retiree's Son
Posted January 22, 2011 - 11:22am

Thank you I'm trying to find a old time watch maker/repairer to ask because the one we used for years retired and with  all the throw-away watches now there aren't many left around here. Ironic as some of the best clockmakers were in this area at the turn of the 19th century.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted January 22, 2011 - 1:54pm

There is a 1960 Accutron pocketwatch in our data base.

Bulova 1960 Accutron

Most of the members had never seen an Accutron pocketwatch when this 1960 Accutron was added to our database. The fact is that you have more information than anyone else has on this watch. Since it was a presentation, the box woulld have been received also, along with the watch information model identification, warranty etc. Another fact is that Accutron watches are so reliable that all that is normally required is a battery replacement. If you would add this Accutron to our database, in time someone may recognise it and have data on the model. There is a lot of general Accutron information on the web as you probably know. The purpose of this site is to gather and compile information on watches. Any information you can add would be appreciated.

Wayne

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Wayne Hanley
Posted January 22, 2011 - 4:05pm

Looking at the watch data you listed m7 as the movement serial number. M7=1967 would be the year of manufacture of the movement.

Retiree's Son
Posted January 23, 2011 - 8:11pm

Unfortunately all my father was given was a cardboard gift box that I remember and any paper work is long lost. I am going to check locally with a watch repairer that I overlooked. I sent a copy to him and hope to hear something on Tues. or Weds. Thank you for your response. I am going to keep going until I can find more info which I will post.

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William Smith
Posted November 9, 2012 - 4:22am

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Some Accutron name/ID may be better?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted November 9, 2012 - 6:48am

Will,

ACCUTRON Series 2181 (Series 218 w/Date)

Model number: unknown.

but 'Pocket Watch' works.

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DarHin
Posted November 9, 2012 - 11:26am

What about ACCUTRON Pocket Watch?