Bulova 1970 Accutron Date & Day

Submitted by kratzjoseph60 on March 25, 2020 - 5:33pm
Manufacture Year
1970
Movement Model
2182
Case Serial No.
B17985
Case shape
Oval
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

Picked this one up on ebay as a non runner for a decent price. Had to replace the coils in it, but otherwise it was in good shape. I thought that the diamond indices were really interesting and that they went well with the "up down" day date complication. These Accutrons and other non quartz electric watches have really captivated me as of recent. Even though they make up a small portion of my collection I find these taking up a lot of wrist time. I hope to post my other few Accutron watches as well as the rest of my Bulova collection soon. 

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted March 25, 2020 - 8:36pm

I think I found your watch in the 1970_LineBook_BAWD0173. Unfortunately, no name or stock number is listed. It is categorized as part of the "Accutron Date Day Series".

date/day

1970 Accutron Date Day

mybulova_admin
Posted March 26, 2020 - 4:07am

Note the diamonds at 2,4, 8 and 10.

mybulova_admin
Posted March 26, 2020 - 8:29pm

It is still a base Accutron Date Day, just haven't found the variant model number.

mybulova_admin
Posted March 27, 2020 - 4:10am

Despite the diamonds on the dial (which I think are custom), watch is a good match for an 1970 Bulova Accutron Date and Day "Q"

1971_LineBook_BAWD0177.pdf page 11

1970 Bulova Accutron Date and Day "Q"

mybulova_admin
Posted March 27, 2020 - 4:49am

Found an example of a diamond Accutron. Note they start the model number with a "D"

Accutron diamond watch

Geoff Baker
Posted March 27, 2020 - 10:22pm

I would agree to an ID of 1970 Bulova Accutron Date and Day Q, while noting the likely addition of the diamonds.

kratzjoseph60
Posted March 31, 2020 - 9:26am

My original thought was that the diamonds were a later addition, but upon further inspection I came to the conclusion that they had to be original to the dial. For starters I also have a base model Accutron Date and Day "Q"  and the codes on the undersides of the dials to indicate the variant are not the same. Secondly if the diamond dial on this started its life as a base Date and Day there would be small holes in the dial where the old indexes used to be that the diamond settings wouldn't have covered up. This is not the case. Also the comment from admin that there are other Accutron models with factory diamond dials confirms at least to me that the dial is indeed factory original.

mybulova_admin
Posted March 31, 2020 - 6:57pm

I would ID as a generic Bulova Accutron Date and Day for now, with the possibility that this diamond dial version had a different variant....maybe 'DQ'

neetstuf-4-u
Posted March 31, 2020 - 7:55pm

Agreed,

Generic Accutron Date and Day, variant currently unknown.