Here is an iconic wristwatch – the Bulova Accutron 214 model ‘Spaceview’. The Accutron was the world’s first fully electronic watch that did not rely on a balance wheel to run. This example is a vintage 10K gold filled wristwatch, manufactured in 1970. The transparent dial reveals the electro-mechanical movement with the tuning fork component visible at the top (invented 1960). The watch has 17 jewels and has the unique ‘backset’ system which means that the crown that sets the time is on the back, not on the side as is usually the case. The dial is silvered with marker numerals, minute tracks, radium hands and centre sweep seconds. It is marked ‘Patented Bulova/10KT. Gold Filled Bezel/Stainless Steel/A23391 N0’ on the back, with the brown leather band marked ‘GEN. SHARK 16mmR’. The original battery is in the watch but is now not working, so an equivalent replacement battery (387S) is supplied with the watch. This is a lovely iconic watch to add to a collection. There is very slight wear to the battery cover but otherwise it is in very good condition. Diameter 1.18 ins (3cm), maximum length with band 9.13 ins (23.2cm). Weight 38 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 260.
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