Bulova 1974 Accutron Date & Day

Submitted by Magnetchief on March 27, 2013 - 11:08am
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Watch was presented to my father in 1978. It passed to me in the late 90's. Was serviced in 2002. Case and crystal are not in the best condition. I have resisted restoration as I would like to keep and use it as my late father did. Biggest issue is that the strap was missing a couple of links and as such was very tight. A local watch repairer inserted an 'expansion' link. But this makes it uncomfortable to wear. Would very much like to source some original links to replace those lost. Update: Had the watch serviced and 'lightly' restored. New  correct crystal. Hands relumed and case lightly polished. The original crystal did not have a magnifier over the date. Thanks to a forum member I was able to source a NOS replacement.

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Posted March 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

In reply to by bobbee

Not all 218's had the stem at the 4:00 position, it seems that the Deep Sea's are the exception.

Posted March 31, 2013 - 2:23am

In reply to by OldTicker

I should have noticed from the photo of the movement, the position of the coils give it away.
Good to see you again, Greg.

William Smith
Posted March 30, 2013 - 8:55pm

In reply to by bobbee

Thanks Bobbee I hadn't looked that close and was gonna check when I checked the ads on Monday.

Posted April 8, 2013 - 8:56am

Deep Sea models usually have "Deep Sea" on the dial don't they?

I'm still thinking Accutron "Snorkel".

William Smith
Posted April 12, 2013 - 5:32pm

What does it say on the dial-just above the 666 Feet?  I can't make it out.

Geoff Baker
Posted April 13, 2013 - 5:44am

I think this is a glorious watch - I vote to name it Accutron Day and Date. My logic is based on those 1972 catalog pages we have in the full ad section.

Snorkel does not appear as a Bulova name for mechanical or Accutron watches. Bulova, in print, named watches as Snorkel in the 60's but not in the 70's. Just because it has that word printed on the dial doesn't mean that's the model name of the watch.

Many of the Accutron dive style watches have Deep Sea printed on the dial and are named in the ads as Deep Sea models, none of them have Snorkel printed on the dial as this model does.

The Mechanical watches with Snorkel on the dial are named Oceanographers in the ads. 

We need to close and publish this record - I call on all Panel Members to submit their votes.

Posted April 15, 2013 - 8:27am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I agree, can 'all' panel member cast a vote even if its 'unknown'.

Posted April 13, 2013 - 11:19am

 All I will add is that I have three Deep Seas and all of them have the crown at the 4:00 position.

Posted April 13, 2013 - 12:06pm

Regarding the links, there are bracelet extensions that can be found on ebay, they fit on the end of the buckle, and cost aboit $10. They give an extra 3/4 inch or so, I have a couple fitted to short bracelets and they work fine, easy to fit too.
I think this would be a Snorkel, but I have not seen any ads.