Bulova Accutrons

Robert-Jan Broer
June 09, 2005
Bulova Accutrons

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…

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Robert-Jan Broer
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Robert-Jan Broer

Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more

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