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Dear All,
Wanted to post some of my new flea market find. This were picked up before Coronavirus engulfed the world in chaos but did not find the time to post it. Hope everyone is indoor and safe.
This is a relatively rare Bulova Accutron GMT. This watch was in pieces but looked promising. It had a good case and dial and hands which had some patina. Price was about $ 90/-. Unfortunately, the movement looks shot and will need replacement or major work. Took it to my watchmaker who reattached the dial and hands in the watch for the ease of storage. Would love to get it working sometime.

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Thanks for watching. All comments welcome.
Please stay safe.
JaRe.
 

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This is a terrific watch. So much history with both the tuning fork movement and this model specifically. I believe this was the one issued to SR-71 pilots. At one point the US Government tried to keep the tuning fork movement secret due to its excellent time keeping. Versions of it went into satellites in the 1960s for the same reason.

I might recommend the shop (you can find it online) that deals with these watches. The owners bought the Bulova timing equipment and can bring these beasts back to life.


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Congratulations on such a lovely find. I didn't know there was a GMT variant. I hope that you do get it running again.
 

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I Have a question for the Accutron experts. This watch has a Cal. 214 in it however it should have the cal. 214HN in it. Would the movement in it be a replacement ? Would all the function i.e. the GMT function work if it had the 214 movement. Can this be original to this watch?
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Just had a closer look. There is a HN mark above the 214. So looks like the movement is correct after all.
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I love the wabi on your Astronaut, especially the lume. Very difficult watches in my experience to maintain, and nearly impossible to put into any kind of rotation but i seem to remember someone making adapted batteries in nylon cases. I still have this Accutron shown, the last tuning fork I have, I also collect mid-century modern so this Accutron has cross appeal. It's movement is in pristine condition and will run and eat through a very expensive battery in a matter of a week or so. My son has borrowed it several times to wear because if it's look and he does not care if it is running or not. Your Astronaut set to 10:10 zulu at 08:00 would present well IMO. Great catch for $90, congrats.
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Just "an old watch" for most, but a real score and "in the wild" as well. Great job and fantastic watch.
 
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