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Bulova Accutron Key Coin Flea Market Find and Question on its History

I was at the flea market on Sunday searching a big pile of junk jewelry and watches.  Found a bunch of watch bracelets including an original vintage Casio and Seiko plus several gold topped 40's-50's pieces in decent shape and a ladies Helbros with bracelet.    I also did find what I was later to learn is a Bulova Accutron Key Coin.   Got the whole lot for $6.   Coincidentally I was wearing my 1964 Spaceview.  How appropriate.  The picture is not mine but mine is just like this.  I know they were included in the boxes on early watches but was wondering if there is any definitive dates when they were included and what models etc.  I did a search on MyBulova but did not see anything come up on these.    The few on Ebay say rare but my question is are they really?   Thank you. 


Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 20, 2018 - 8:45pm

I don't think so, I think they came with all 214 Accutrons to allow the opening of the battery cap on the back of the watch.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted March 20, 2018 - 10:42pm

Everything is rare on eBay......

The coins did come with Accutron watches, but I can't say for sure when and for how long this was done, maybe it was always done. I've seen a lot of these, but in a pinch I always used to use a nickel.