This watch has me stumped. It is a 1967 14KT Solid Gold Case with an M7 date code. It was a presentation watch given in May of 1969 for 25 years of service at IBM. When I opened it I was shocked to find a quartz movement in the case. It has what appears to be a gold cover on the movement and I see no movment model number. Just Accutron 247 Cell. It clearly is a 1967 Accutron Calendar but what about the movement? Could this be a replaced movement? DId Bulova use old cases for new Accuquartz watches in 1970?
Case with the inscription: "Charlie Dwinelle / Pacific Ready-Mix / June 27, 1927 / Dec 31, 1969".
I believe that's an Accutron Calendar.
Posted in 2019.07.15
1970 Accutron Calender
When I bought this watch, I was very skeptical. The eBay seller advertised that it worked, but it wasn't running in any of their photos. I put in a question to ask if it was in fact working, and got no answer. I decided to take a chance at just $60. The watch came and wasn't running. The battery was still an old 343 unit that was obviously going to be dead, so I bought some new batteries and it started working right away! It was running very fast (about 15 minutes fast everyday) and so I took it to my watchmaker for adjustment. They said it would be best (and easiest) to service it at the same time and was going to be around $200. I decided to hold off for the moment and bring it in at another time. But when I brought the watch back home, I found it was keeping time extremely well. Not sure why. The only thing that concerns me is the varying pitch of the hum. Is this normal? My 214s don't seem to hum the same way, but maybe it's something the 218s do? I may just take the battery out until I take it in to be serviced.
Anyways, the case is in decent shape and is gold plated 40 microns thick. It doesn't seem to have worn through anywhere. I recieved the watch with an aftermarket expansion band that didn't match at all, so I bought a very nice Hirsch leather band.
This watch is really flashy, a little more than I usually like. But it's kind of interesting and brings attention that can lead to a good conversation or a lesson to those who don't know about the incredible technology that is Accutron.
Has "1-993964" on the outside of the cap.
Alaskan gold nuggets encrusted around the 18K case and the band.
Face is Alaskan jade with more jade on the band.
Band itself is 10K gold, has "LJH" on it.
Has "Swiss" on it, as well as "115" inside of an upside-down anvil shape.
I do not know the approximate weight of the gold nuggets used
I recently inherited my grandfather's watch from 1967. The 5 star insignia immediately caught my eye, and upon a quick google search I found a Hodinkee article about 5-star Accutrons. The article explains how 5-star US general Omar Bradley, then-chairman of Bulova, would wear hese watches for a few days before they were given as gifts by Bulova.
My grandfather was elected president of a mattress company called Southern Cross in 1965. They were doing very well in 1967, so it stands to reason that he may have been the recipient of a nice gift from another big company. Unfortunately, the recession in 1968 hit them hard and derailed their plans to build two new factories. My grandfather was also a bomber pilot in WWII, but as far as we knew he had no connection to General Bradley
I have found no other information on this watch outside of the Hodinkee article, and niehter my grandfather or grandmother are around to answer any questions. It's somwhat mind-blowing for me to think that this is actually one of those 12 watches, but it's exciting prospect! What do you folks think? Thank you for your help! I'll post a link to the Hodinkee article below.
My son bought me this beauty for my 50th (1968-2018). Believe it or not it's my first Accutron.
Popped a new '344' battery in it and replaced a missing screw and she fired right up and has been keeping amazing time for the last few days.
Watch came with original box and booklet showing the model as a '21364' which is confirmed in the advert below. No variant model number found so far.
Inside case is stamped '741'.
What I also like about this particular watch is that it has all three branding elements on it: the Tuning Fork, BULOVA and ACCUTRON.
1968 Bulova Accutron Calendar (21364)
Ad seems to support Calendar CN. Date code N2, back reads "18K Heavy Gold Electroplate Bezel" and "10KT Rolled Gold Plate Back". Accutron logo on crown.
1969 Accutron Date?
M9 on the back of the case
I believe it is sporting it's original bracelet
this watch belonged to my grandfather and I can't seem to find this exact model anywhere on the internet. My grandmother told me that it was some sort of limited edition and that the strap is not the original one. The watch was purchased in Germany. I hope someone can find out which watch this exactly is and I appreciate every help. Someone I talked to said that it looked like a Accutron 218 and while it has some similarities there are some differences like the 12, 9 and 6 hour markings.