1963 Bulova Accutron Astronaut

 

Bulova Astronaut I

 

Epic timepiece and the true Astronaut’s watch. It may not have made it to the moon but it was certainly worn on more than one mission into space.

The Bulova Accutron was the first to use a bipolar transistor and can be considered as the first electronic watch. Manufactured in 1960 and was chosen by some of the ‘Original Seven’ NASA astronauts  to accompany man on his first journeys into space. Scott Carpenter famously modeled a Bulova Accutron ‘Astronaut’ on the front cover of Paris Match in 1962. Unfortunately, it was not the watch chosen by NASA as the astronaut flight qualified time piece, this accolade goes to the Omega Speedmaster Professional. The Omega however was never (except in Apollo 13) used as the primary reference for any mission critical activities. Accutron movements were used in pannel clocks and as instrument timers.

 

Item Summary

Date: January 29, 2015
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Brand: Bulova (CH)
Condition: Near mint
Period: 1960's
Category: Quartz / electric

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