Accutron Calendar

Bulova 1967 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by JimDon5822 on July 21, 2019 - 9:56pm
Movement Model
QUARTZ
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
D98949
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Crystal Details
Round Domed Crystal
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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?  

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1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch
1967 Bulova watch

Bulova 1969 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by josé serra on July 15, 2019 - 2:23pm
Variant
AF
Movement Model
218D
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
G496816
Case shape
Tonneau
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Crystal Details
Acrylic; diam. 29.4 mm
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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

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1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch

Bulova 1970 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by DeluxeRaccoon on June 17, 2019 - 6:29pm
Movement Model
2181
Movement Jewels
15
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
3-193510
Case shape
Other
Case Manufacturer
Other
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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. 

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1970 Bulova Accutron Calendar Watch
[field_year-1970] Bulova Watch Caseback
[field_year-1970] Bulova Watch 2181 Accutron Movement
[field_year-1970] Bulova Watch Caseback Inside
[field_year-1970] Bulova Watch

Bulova 1969 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by withoutremorse42 on March 20, 2019 - 2:13pm
Movement Model
2181
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
741-2
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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

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1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch
1969 Bulova watch

Bulova 1967 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by AllThingsMustPass848 on February 20, 2019 - 3:32am
Variant
O
Movement Model
218
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
B60939
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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. 

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/five-star-general-omar-bradley-specia…

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[Accustron_1967] Dial
[Accutron_1967] Bulova watch
[Accutron_1967] Dial
[Accutron_1967] Dial

Bulova 1968 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by mybulova_admin on January 26, 2019 - 6:06am
Variant
21364
Movement Model
218 D
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
1-658129
Case shape
Cushion
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

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)

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1968 Bulova watch
1968 Bulova watch
1968 Bulova watch

Bulova 1972 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by Csamet on January 22, 2019 - 3:14pm
Variant
CN
Movement Model
-
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
J383801
Case shape
Cushion
Case Manufacturer
Bulova
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Granddaddy's watch!

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.

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1972 Bulova Men's Accutron watch face
1972 Bulova Men's Accutron watch face
Bulova Watch advert

Bulova 1968 Accutron Calendar

Submitted by tom1136 on December 27, 2018 - 10:09am
Movement Model
-
Movement Jewels
Unknown
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
1-602186
Case shape
Round
Additional Information

Hi everyone,

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.

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1968 Bulova Accutron Calendar watch
1968 Bulova watch