Bulova 1975 Accuquartz "Centenary"

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Variant: 
Centenary
Manufacture Year: 
1975
Movement Model: 
2242
Movement Jewels: 
14
Case Serial No.: 
3-853139
Case shape: 
Other
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Made to celebrate the 100 year anniversary

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William Smith
Posted January 16, 2013 - 4:51pm

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yea that was a typo on my part - in two places :)  I meant 1974. 

Dune
Posted January 16, 2013 - 6:05pm

Will
Why does the movement date to 1960's. as far as I am aware the watch movement has not been changed since my Father bought it when new?
Regards

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William Smith
Posted January 16, 2013 - 6:15pm

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Dune  It was a typo on my part.  I meant to type 1974, not 1964.  The N4 on the clear movement picture...Bulova probably just used a 1974 movement in the 1975 model....they musta had them around when they put it together.

Dune
Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:05pm

Will
If the date code is so small "Usually" where would Bulova stamp the date on the tuning fork case? As it could be down to me "not seeing the wood for the trees"
Regards

Dune
Posted January 16, 2013 - 9:20pm

Phew. You guys know your stuff!
Thank you.

lylel396
Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:41pm

  A little off subject but related to something said  earler in this thread.  I am well aware that the popular wisdom is that the 218 movement came out in 1965 but I have a Swiss made 1964 218.

oliverb
Posted January 17, 2013 - 7:07pm

Lyle gave you excellent advice ont the 100th Anniv. models Bulova produced. There is a lot of misinformation concerning this series of models. No, Bulova produced many more that 100 of these watches. Exact numbers are not known, and probably never will be as record keeping by Bulova wasn't very good. Often said, Bulova shut down the assembly line for all other models when they produced the 100th Anniv. series of accutron watches. Even that information is subject to question unless we have the testimony from someone there at the time. The case design, a model the tuning fork, was not used at any other time before or since. If you see that case shape, it can only have started life as a 100th Anniv. Accutron. As Lyle indicated, these watches were produced in at least four, maybe five, different case sizes with four different calibers of Accutron mvts. There were men's watches produced with the 214, 218. 224 and 230 caliber mvts. Bulova also produced a woman's smaller sized case with the 230. As Lyle said, your watch with a 2242 caliber is pretty rare among these generally rare Accutrons. Hard to say whether the 224 or the 230 Ladies is the most rare. There should NOT be a date code on the case backs of any 100th Anniv. models. A date code of "N4" (1974) on the mvt. is not all that unusual. Bulova would use the mvts. In stock at the time of production. Those collectors of the 214 version prize a mvt. with the date code of "N5" but it is possible Bulova produced some with 1974 mvt. Enjoy your watch. It is really special version of the Accutron.

oliverb
Posted January 17, 2013 - 9:14pm

BTW, I think the term "Centenary" may not be the most appropriate term since is was not used universally around the world. "100th Anniversary" is probably more appropriate since Bulova was an American company, not a French company, and that is the way the watches were known here in the U.S.

Also, its a little unusual to find a date on the 218/219/224 mvts. We have had this discussion on the WTF. Not saying its never seen, just that its not common.

OldTicker
Posted January 17, 2013 - 9:15pm

I agree Oliver, 100th would be more appropriate since that is what they called the Accutron Spaceview model.

BTW, this one has a 2182F movement...

oliverb
Posted January 17, 2013 - 11:02pm

OldTicker,
Wow, I sure missed that detail. Yes, the watch with the Accuquartz logo dial is not really an Accuquartz! It certainly does have a 218 mvt. At some time something has been done to it. If the dial is original, perhaps the last person servicing it has substituted a 218 for the 224 mvt.