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Bulova 1976 Accutron Railroad

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This Accutron says Railroad Approved, and it looks like a train ran over it. 

Scratches everywhere, and the crown stem is loose to the point of not turning the hands. I'm not nearly competent enought to even try resetting/re-attaching it. 

I can find no serial number on the movement, though it does read 2181, which I assume is the model number.  Also, at the top of the movement, there is extra-tiny print that reads, "U.S. Pat......." followed by a whole bunch of numbers that I absolutely cannot make out.  I think they are actually microscopic, and my electron microscope is in the shop.

The only other type I can find on the movement reads, "U.S.A. Bulova" 

The inside case back is stamped "G3595" followed by "3-6" and "Use only genuine Accutron Cell number 218   Install with engraved side down in well"

And that's it.  It's pretty beat up, but it's a Bulova.


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William Smith
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Posted February 20, 2012 - 6:22pm

I don't know enough about accutrons to know if stating "railroad approved" on the dial would also alert me to look for some kind of marking on the movement...  Sure looks like a 1976 218 Accutron to me....unless this dial is indicative of a different movement.

Posted December 12, 2012 - 10:33am

The G3595 number is the case number. The 3-6 number refers to the month and day of manufacture. The 2181 is the specific caliber/sub caliber of the movement. What you have is a 218 RR Approved Accutron. I seem to remember that Bulova never actually had the 218 movement officially certified by the railroads but I could be wrong about that. Bulova did have the 214 caliber officially certified.

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William Smith
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Posted December 17, 2012 - 3:32pm

ID changed from generic Accutron to "Accutron Railroad".  Also has a calendar function....:)