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Dean Owen

Dean Owen

To Watches24/02/2016

In London, I ran into a remarkable chap with a huge 80 piece Zenith collection. I was fortunate enough to have him sell me a watch that I consider an icon. This one dates from 1975, and was produced for that year only to celebrate Bulova's 100 year anniversary. First launched at the end of 1960, the Accutron is considered by many as the first electronic wristwatch. As most of you know, it utilizes a 360 hertz tuning fork in between two electromagnetic coils, an invention by Basel born Max Hetzel who joined Bulova in 1948. In the early Seventies, in order to increase sales, Bulova developed a display model for salesmen to demonstrate the unique tuning fork technology. In a fortunate turn of events, customers started asking if the display models were available for sale. Demand was so high for this novel type of watch with visible innards through the dial that Bulova started to produce the newly named "Spaceview" on massive scale. By the time they ceased production in 1977, over 4 million humming tuning fork Accutrons had hit the market.
I present to you the Bulova Accutron Spaceview 100th Anniversary edition from 1975.

Dean Owen
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