May 18, 2024

Bulova Accutrons 1Posted by Robert-Jan Broer on

Bas van Dorp mailed me his thoughts on Bulova Accutron watches…

Although I wear mechanical watches exclusively, I still think tuning fork
watches are very cool. Without doubt, the nicest ones are the Bulova
Accutrons. They were the first watches equipped with something that was not
completely mechanical. Other companies created tuning fork watches as well,
but the technology was completely wiped out with the introduction of quartz
watches in the 1970’s.

A good site is The Accutron Watch Page:

If you’re a geek, this is your watch. Your friends will welcome you as their
new overlord. In contrast to most geek gadgets, I don’t think Accutrons are
female repellants. Retro designs are rather hip now, so chicks probably think
you have next year’s Diesel watch or something:

Unfortunately, they are not as reliable as mechanical watches. Having it fixed
can be difficuilt. Furthermore, the Accutron watch page contains information
on what battery to get, how to modify an Accutron to run on “modern” batteries
etc. Hmm, I think I will stay with mechanical for every day use…