The Accutron Place
Bulova and jeweler recommended since 1998
Visiting Astronaut: Jeffrey A. Hoffman - Hubble Telescope Repair Mission
Specializing in the repair and restoration of first edition Accutron 214 caliber timepieces
"Yes, I have the parts."
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THE INCOMPARABLE ACCUTRON 214
The Worlds First Electronic Timepiece
Accutron Changed Everything: Click forIndex Wheel Video
Prior to 1960 no wrist or pocket watch, regardless of price,
had ever achieved the standard accuracy of an Accutron. Three centuries before
Accutron, the "balance wheel" and "escapement" method
of timekeeping was invented, and it remained the basic technology of mechanical
movements until November 24, 1960. On that momentous day, an
inherently accurate timepiece with only 12 moving parts went on the market and rendered escapements and balance wheels unnecessary.
In fact, Accutron is the grandfather of all modern quartz watches.By the beginning of 1961, a timepiece that separated
every second into 360 equal parts could be found in stores all across the USA and
around the world soon after.
The new technology was inherently accurate and even more incredible is the fact that the very finest of today's mechanical chronometers can have hundreds of moving parts and yet, the ticking of their balance wheels still can't exceed 8 beats per second.
The Accutron 214 Caliber Movement:
The single most important distinguishing feature of Accutron 214's (1960 to 1977) is that they do not tick. Put one to your ear and you will hear the distinctive hum of the electronically driven tuning fork that is the heart of the Accutron 214 movement.
There's no mistaking a 214 for an ordinary vintage wristwatch. The conversion from vibratory to rotary motion is so smooth that the second hand appears to move continuously.
The 214 is the only Accutron caliber that sets by lifting a spring loaded "C" shaped lever on the back of the case, and it's also the only Accutron that has a battery hatch on the back cover that unscrews to access the battery compartment. It was the first of its kind and collectors consider them to be "First Edition" Accutrons.
Photo left: Former Astronaut Jeffry A. Hoffman. Wikipedia & NASA
Photo right: Jeff Hoffman, Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics at M.I.T.
(Doctor Hoffman on the left) and yours truly.
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