Bulova 1975 Accuquartz "Centenary"

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Made to celebrate the 100 year anniversary

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Posted January 18, 2013 - 4:34pm

Still a non-conforming, Model is the Accuquartz Centenary, and should have an Accuquartz movement, not a 218.

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William Smith
Posted January 18, 2013 - 5:19pm

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Yep Bobbee, and maybe Dune can get the original movement back from the person who serviced it, if it was in the watch when serviced.  I'm not saying the person who serviced swapped the movement, or maybe they did and simply figured a running movement that worked was better than a non-running accuquartz.  This marriage is a bummer...

Posted February 1, 2013 - 6:20pm

Just had a reply from a fellow Bulova owner who has sent me a better quality advert. Pls advise how it's uploaded?

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Posted February 1, 2013 - 9:15pm

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Hi Dune  That's great you got a higher resolution ad.  If you want to email to me, I'll milk as much resolution out of it as possible and post here for you?  You have my outside email in Private Message.

Posted March 15, 2013 - 8:26pm

I'm the ownner of the 1975 Accuquartz Centenary from WUS.

I think this may be the higher res add that Dune was referring to above :

It clearly shows the official name of that watch.

Mine is in a great shape apart from a couple of scatches on the (mineral) glass...Keeps excellent time but does go through batteries rather quickly (about 9 months)...

A few pictures :

Posted March 16, 2013 - 12:15pm

 If that was my watch I'd sure buy an Accuquartz to get the movement for it while Accuquartz watches can be bought quite reasonably.   OliverB is the authority on Accuquartz, he has several.  I have 3 plus one in which the movement has been replaced with a quartz movement.  There was a reference to  the 218 movement originating in 1965 and that is the conventional wisdom but I have a nice 218 in a  case dated 1964. I sure don't understand why you are calling that watch a Centenary when it is just a foreign word for Anniversary and you use English for everything else.    

Posted May 12, 2013 - 2:13pm

Oops, hadn't been notified of that post. "Centenary" is not a foreign word for "Anniversary", it's an English word that means "A one hundreth anniversary" ! And based on the ad above, the official name does seem to be : "Accuquartz Centenary" for short and "1975 Bulova Accuquartz Centenary".

Anyway the mineral glass on mine is a bit scratched, anyone know if a replacement crystal can be sourced somewhere? Case number seems to be 7579...

Posted May 12, 2013 - 11:17pm

Them dam Americans!...: )

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 12, 2013 - 3:59pm

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N4 is 1974, that doesn't present any problem timeline-wise. The Accutquatrtz was a short lived experiment. Bulova went from this to regular Quartz movts in the 70's. 

A watchmaker should be able to order and install a new mineral glass based on the case reference number. 

Posted May 26, 2013 - 9:32am

I still have a problem with the term "Centenary" as it was never used here in the U.S. to designate this issue.