Bulova 1970 Accutron Astronaut "Mark I"

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Model ID rating explained.
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Variant: 
Mark I
Manufacture Year: 
1970
Movement Symbol: 
Shield
Movement Model: 
Unknown
Movement Jewels: 
14
Movement Serial No.: 
2182
Case Serial No.: 
N0 137255
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Crystal Details: 
35 MM Dia.
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

My High School Graduation Present
Astronaut "Mark I (AKA Deep Sea 666 feet World Time Zone)

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Bulova 1970 Accutron Astronaut "Mark I  World Time Zone
1970 Bulova watch
1970 Bulova watch
1970 Bulova watch
1970 Bulova watch
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bobbee
Posted August 15, 2014 - 8:02am

All MK1 Astronauts used the 214 movement with adjustment from the rear of the case.

All MK2 Astronauts used the 218 movement and had twin crowns.

Ergo, subject cannot be a MK1.

 

Edit- Why does the "Astronaut MK1" newspaper ad only say " stainless steel, water resistant" in the description, when the watch has day/date complication and 666 feet water resist?

All other correct descriptions in that 1971 full page ad have the complications and depth resistance noted in their descriptions.

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bobbee
Posted August 15, 2014 - 8:15am

Blow up of World Timer catalogue image.

 

Andersok
Posted August 15, 2014 - 12:08pm

Panel Member

There are some subtle differences with this ad and the subject watch: one being that the 'DEEP SEA 666 FEET' is not shown on the watch in the ad; another being the day/date background is white - subj is more in line with the center dial color (or perhaps aged over time); another being the outer lines/ticks between the 5min markers on the subj watch are red - the ones in the ad appear to be another color other than red; also the triangle marker under Greenwich is red in subj watch - not red in ad.

Is it possible this advertised World Timer was not designed as a Deep Sea, and that there are variations of the World Timer different from this ad that may include Deep Sea versions?

Really nice watch BTW!

jabs
Posted August 15, 2014 - 10:39am

Panel Member

I take back to the my previous opinion "Astronaut MK I" actually looks completely different

this is from http://forums.watchuseek.com/f7/watches-used-space-flight-769273.html  

here is "Deep Sea World Timer" http://www.boomertime.com/solditems/A3093/A3093.htm 

I would agree with this ID    

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bobbee
Posted August 18, 2014 - 12:15pm

jabs wrote:

I take back to the my previous opinion "Astronaut MK I" actually looks completely different

this is from http://forums.watchuseek.com/f7/watches-used-space-flight-769273.html 

here is "Deep Sea World Timer" http://www.boomertime.com/solditems/A3093/A3093.htm

I would agree with this ID    

 

Another one like the above.

 

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rj...

ROGLEN
Posted August 15, 2014 - 10:45am

well it sounds like you guys have your work cut out for you, in correctly identifying my watch.

just to let bobby know i have own the watch sence it was new and it has never been altered.

thank guys

bob  

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bobbee
Posted August 15, 2014 - 11:48am

Good find on the watch Jaroslav.

I can see it is mint Bob, and well done to you for keeping it in such good condition, and such a great heirloom.

Bob.

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bobbee
Posted August 16, 2014 - 8:35pm

Ken, I think you may be right about the date/day wheels being discoloured with age. The whole photo is a little "dark" too.

Here is another catalogue pic with the same image (no.4) being used, still a little fuzzy! In it you can at least see the red markers in between the hour markers, that just leaves the "Deep Sea 666" missing still. Same ref. no., 21454.

pic courtesy of Watchophilia.

 

 

 

Here is a better one of the first "World Timer" catalogue pic.

 

 

 

Geoff Baker
Posted August 18, 2014 - 5:04am

Club 5000Panel Member

So we have 'World Timer" advert with a tan colored center not marked Deep Sea and a "MK1" advert with a dark center dial marked Deep Sea

I'm sticking with MK1 - as the advert originally presented suggests.

ROGLEN
Posted August 18, 2014 - 3:08pm

i have burst Ken's bouble

the iner dial has always been grey not brown

oh something that might make a diffrence is that this watch would have come from europe

my uncel bought it in the azors islands

did they ever make hibreads?

bob