Bulova 1975 Accutron Astronaut "IV"

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Model ID rating explained.
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Variant: 
IV
Manufacture Year: 
1975
Movement Model: 
N/A
Case Serial No.: 
I960707
Case shape: 
Cushion
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

This is a saleman's sample of the Accutron Astronaut Mk IV, its crowns long since been scavenged for repair on another watch. It probably was complete at the time with band.

The pics show light scuffing from being in a drawer for many years, but these would easily buff out. The crystal is mineral glass.

I'm wondering if the serial number- which begins with an 'I', not a '1', is unique to samples.

Just a bit of history.

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1975 Bulova watch
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neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 27, 2018 - 11:59am

Panel Member

Very cool, it would be worth finding a movement to make it whole.

I think we have discussed "I" starting serial numbers before. I'm thinking it's a trait of European produced watches ("I" for International?) for the non-US market. In this example maybe not, as there doesn't appear to be a space between the "i" and first numeral. Just putting that thought out there as a possible explanation.

I looked high and low and couldn't find an ad for this one.

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Andersok
Posted July 27, 2018 - 12:35pm

Panel Member

I've had several models from the mid-60s that have the leading 'I' in the serial number. One was a Surf King with a case from Japan, and one was an Aerojet with case from W-Germany, as well as an Accuquartz also with case from W-Germany from the 70s. Some of these have the Swiss-made movement with import code. More in-depth research could provide a clue into this, but it seems perhaps the letter is not inclusive to being an international model.

Don't see too many Mark IVs; unable to find an ad for this one.

mybulova_admin
Posted July 28, 2018 - 1:50am

Club 5000Panel Member

It would indeed be great to determine if international models had some indicator.

 

 

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted July 28, 2018 - 7:01am

Panel Member

Ken had an interesting observation that I can verify from my collection. The s/n's  starting with an "I" seem to be all cases made outside the US.

One has an export stamp on the movement, the others don't. Perhaps the combination of an "I" s/n and export stamp indicates "International Collection" - International designs (case) for US market. That would leave "I" s/n's with no import stamp as models for the non-US market. Just food for thought.