Bulova was founded and incorporated in New York City, as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova. Bulova was largely American made, making instruments for military aircraft and watches for military personnel. Bulova were also heavily involved in the NASA space programs being a part of over 45 space missions. Bulova is credited with several other important milestones including; standardizing the mass production of watch parts, replacing soldiers pocket watches with wrist watches during WWI, broadcasting the first national radio advertisement, broadcasting the worlds first paid tv advertisement “America runs on Bulova time”, they were the first company to have a million dollar advertising campaign, and the first to offer electric clocks. Bulova clocks were the only clocks used aboard air-force one. In 1959 Bulova designed and created the revolutionary Accutron 214 electric movement. The Accutron 214 was the worlds first reliable electric watch movement, replacing the mechanical tension based watches of the time with superior accuracy and reliability of electrical tuning fork technology. The movements had a very characteristic hum (360Hz) and a liquid smooth sweep seconds hand. The Accutron was the first watch movement to receive full U.S. railroad certification, and there is even an Accutron watch placed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Bulova survived through the Swiss quartz crisis of the 80’s and in 2008 the Citizen Watch co. of Japan bought the Bulova company and all its subsidiaries, they continue to manufacture time pieces to this day and still maintain an office in New York City.

bulovaaccusviiA Tale of Two Accutrons: A Review of the Bulova Alpha II, a Spaceview Tribute
It’s been almost 40 years since the world has a seen an electromagnetic Accutron watch in a shop window. But 2014 marked the return of the Accutron Spaceview watch to the mass market with the hopes of capturing a new generation…


Steven Michaels