Bulova Accutron 14k Asymmetrical

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  1. Rick Hufnagel

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    I get a strange amount of people who want batteries changed in their wrist watches... as soon as they see my pocket watch. Usually nothing exciting. Sometimes a cool Seiko or something like that, but this one took me by surprise.

    As soon as I saw it, I flat out told him that I wouldn't touch it.. but it's a personal friend and I agreed to change the battery. I did, and after giving it the little accutron love tap on the side it ran, for about 5 seconds. So it was returned this morning with a note and a business card for someone who really knows these pieces. Also included was a strong suggestion to change that lug eating expansion band.

    I really hope he gets it repaired, as he is the original owner! It's an impressive piece of gold and engineering!

    So anyways, I wanted to post some pictures just for fellows to see, and ask if maybe anyone knows what model it is. I spent a few hours searching over the weekend and haven't seen another quite like it. Any information I can pass on to the owner would be appreciated! Or if someone could point me in the right direction, I wouldn't mind learning a thing or two about these great watches.

    Thanks for any consideration! I did not take the back off, apologies. I'm really not a fan of messing with someone elses gold watch! The battery cover was already beat up.

    According to the M1 date code, I've learned it's from 1961, so a pretty early piece!

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    It's an Alpha, one of the first Accutron models. It's beautiful. Might just need service.

    Too bad about the battery hatch - a dime fits them perfectly, and doesn't mess them up.
     
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    Thank you sir! Geez, just typed in Alpha and get a mess of hits, can't believe I didn't find that! Awesome.

    Yes it's sad about the hatch, I didn't think about a dime, I formed a piece of nylon plastic and it worked. Looks like someone tried a DeWalt in the past.

    I dont think he realized what he had. I don't even think he knew it was all gold. It was a gift. I really hope he goes through with getting it taken care of.
     
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    This ad shows it, second from the left. It's from the partly-still-working dashto.com, where Tom Mister collected together a bunch of early ads.

    http://www.dashto.com/images/AccutronHistor/jbowman1.jpg

    He says about this ad:
    This may well be the first Accutron sales pamphlet released by Bulova, circa 1960-61. It seems to pre-date even the use of the tuning fork logo. Many thanks to John Bowman for the use of his pics.​
     
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    That is great! Wow, the old inflation calculator says this watch would be $2,156 today.

    Nice add, thanks for that. Look at all those neat styles.
     

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