Bulova 1966 Accutron Astronaut

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Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1966
Movement Model: 
214
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
B47819
Case shape: 
Round
Crystal Details: 
Plastic
Additional Information: 

 

Bulova: 1966 Accutron Astronaut.

Astronaut  Astronaut  Astronaut   Case: Stainless steel. 

Movement : 214 Series.

 Dial:  Luminous painted hour markers, luminous painted dots at the half-hour markers.

Hands: Luminous hour and minute hands.  

Bezel:  Stainless steel    M KKK   with engraved black numerals and half-hour indices. 

  

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William Smith
Posted November 7, 2012 - 9:30pm

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Good find on the Astronaut "A" ad.  The "A" looks like the un-named variant in the first ad.  Maybe they are pseudonyms.  I'll check the Bulova Model price lists to see if the Astronaut and Astronaut "A" have the same unique production number.  The name may have been changed to include the "A" shortly after the first 1963 ad Fifth linked above.  Maybe this model would be the base name for 1963 production years, and then becomes the "A" by the date of your ad.  What year was the "A" ad?

OldTicker
Posted November 7, 2012 - 9:35pm

I think some of these Magazine & newspaper ads just used the general name and didn't get into the variant letters.

This ad is 1966.

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William Smith
Posted November 7, 2012 - 10:31pm

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Thanks OT.  Not too much help from the Bulova model price lists.  I checked the late 1961 list, and although lots of Accutrons listed by this time, none as the Astronaut.  Didn't think there would be this early.  The next list is Fall 1964, and it had an Astronaut "A" listed, but didn't have a generic Astronaut.  Could be that the generic became the A shortly after manufacture (between the 1961 list and phased out as such by the 1964 list), or it could have been the A all along- like you note- the first ad just didn't show the variant letter.  Sure looks like the "A" now.  It's also a later year of production (1966).  Here's a snippet of the Fall 1964 list for Astronaut:

Wonder why the "C" cost a thousand bucks?  I'm pretty sure if we researched the various model numbers (at left) for the thousand-plus models in the lists, we would see numeric patterns consistent with change in gold, diamonds, color of metal and dial, and maybe some other patterns which may give us a hint, but be otherwise near-useless at the level of ID'ing to a variant....unless we find an un-named variant astronaut ad w/ a $1000 price.

peter-g
Posted November 8, 2012 - 4:00am

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William Smith
Posted November 8, 2012 - 4:04am

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Thanks Peter. Checking it out now...
A great way to organize and classify that info.  I like it. 

oliverb
Posted November 8, 2012 - 9:37am

Checking on first year of Astronaut production. Yep, 1962 as I thought. Somewhere around the mid '60s the word "Bulova" was added to the dial. Sometimes early Astronauts are seen with all three words because they have either had the original movement replaced with a newer one or been re-dialed.

Sheer speculation: What would a Platinum cased version have cost at that time?

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William Smith
Posted November 8, 2012 - 1:25pm

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oliverb  Using the link Peter-g provided above, it doesn't look like there was  a platinum version Astronaut....but if the 18K gold "C" price was $1k, I bet if they had made one, it would have been well over that price. 

oliverb
Posted November 9, 2012 - 10:17am

Bulova did produce both 14K and 18K solid gold versions of the Astronaut. From my not always dependable memory, original MSRP I have seen for solid gold Accutrons were all below $500. I will ask a friend who collects solid gold Accutrons.

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William Smith
Posted November 9, 2012 - 2:12pm

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The table Peter-g linked above is worth the look- the table at the bottom is a nice summary.

OldTicker
Posted November 9, 2012 - 10:36am

From the same 1964 dealer price list they do show a Platinum Accutron listed at $2500 so at least in 1964 Platinum cases were available. That is a big increase from the $1000 Astronaut "C".