Astronaut GMT

Bulova Accutron Astronaut GMT - M8 - 1968
Steel - Accutron system (see below)
Bulova 214 caliber - Freq 360Hz

Genuine black dial signed Bulova Accutron Astronaut
Luminescent applied index & hands
Central seconds hand
Arrow hand (indicating a 24 hours time)

Diameter: 38 mm.
Thickness: 14 mm.

No crown (time setting on the back of the watch)

New glass (plexiglass)

Bi-directional rotating bezel

Stainless steel back numbered (1-675482 / M8*)

New black leather strap; steel buckle
+/- 23 cm. watch incl.
(Please note: the strap has been replaced after the pictures were done by a new one)

This watch is in very good condition (Minimum signs of wear)

This vintage watch is completely genuine (!)

Fully serviced in January 2019 by a professional watchmaker - New battery
Therefore in perfect working order and perfect time keeping

Selected for the first mission on the moon, it has been replaced at the last moment by the Omega Speedmaster.
However, this Astronaut remains an iconic watch.

Bulova’s "Accutron" watches, appeared in October 1960. The tuning fork was powered by a one transistor electronic oscillator circuit, so the Accutron qualifies as the first « electronic watch ».
Instead of the ticking sound made by mechanical watches, the Accutron had a faint, high pitch hum which came from the vibrating tuning fork. The Accutron was guaranteed to be accurate to a minute per month, or 2 seconds per day, considerably better than mechanical watches of the time.

Bulova made its last tuning fork movement wristwatches in 1977.

* The date code: located on the back of the case, it consists of a letter followed by a number. The letter is the decade (M=1960s, N=1970s) and the number is the specific year within that decade.
In our case, M8 = 1968

Year: 1968

Price: 1450 €

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