Bulova Accutron Astronaut
Uurwerk Stemvork cal. 214
Ø 38 mm
The Bulova Accutron caliber 214 was introduced in 1960. It was and still is a tremendously revolutionary timepiece, actually nothing can really compare. Early ads claim the tuning fork was the greatest invention since the wheel.
The Bulova Accutron is not perse the first battery powered watch; however, it was the very first watch without a conventional balance wheel and balance spring. The Accutron has a tuning fork instead. The Accutron's tuning fork vibrates at 360 Hz. You will not hear any ticking movement inside, but a monotone kind of buzzing sound, which could keep you awake if your hearing is finetuned to such sounds, could this be why aircraft pilots were given such watches?
I mean you wouldn’t want to fall asleep in a rocket traveling at 4,500 mph . The US used Bulova Accutron calibers in their satellites such as the Explorer, Telstar, TIROS, Pegasus and Gemini. So, wearing a Bulova Accutron was and might still be the closest you’ll get to the moon. The Bulova Accutron Astronaut was built to withstand high temperatures, and was amazingly accurate, plus, it came equipped with a 24-hour hand and bezel. Bulova Accutron watches do not have a traditional crown, you set the time buy flipping-up the half ring on the back, see photos.
This Bulova Accutron Astronaut is in original untouched condition with perfectly working tuning fork.