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My "first" serious watch was a Spaceview in 1976 that I bought for around £15 as unused old stock - nobody wanted tuning forks when they could have a quartz watch at the time..I wore it until it broke 10 years later and threw it away. Ive since owned a few including a couple of Omegas with the licensed movement, much better than the Boluva in engineering terms. They have a few foibles but can still generally be serviced and offer reliable and accurate timekeeping - getting the correct battery can however be an issue with the older movements. Last year I ordered the new electrostatic version, took about 5 months to be delivered and was very underwhelming - feels like work in progress and not good enough for the money so I returned it and changed to a Sinn UX (yes very different). Overall I respect the original Bulova models and have tried a Lunar version with the modern quartz movement but not to my tastes.
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Accutron Master Timer placed In The Moon’s Sea of Tranquility

During The First Moon Landing (Apollo 11, Which Reached The Moon On July 20, 1969) Being Programmed By Bulova Technician [take note of coils or lack there of]

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ACCUTRON ASTRONAUT 214HN GMT hacking
by: BULOVA

misc:
NASA VELCRO strap
JB Champion USA expandable SS bracelet


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Bulova Engineer Working On Final Adjustments To An Accutron Movement (1965)

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Do u own a BULOVA with an accutron 214HN hacking movement ?

Well if U do ... the 214HMN hacking movement was used on ALL on board timing devices of NASA's space program in addition to CIA's OXCART A-12 high-altitude, Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft and the later SR-71. All CIA pilots involved were issued ACCUTRON Astronauts.

Though the Accutron can not claim to have been worn on the wrist of an Astronaut while walking on the lunar surface on the Appolo missions, It can claim the fact that it has gone to space, landed on the lunar surface, was used on lunar missions and IS THE ONLY WATCH THAT WENT and was LEFT ON THE MOON .

All timing devices aboard both the LUNAR orbiter and LUNAR lander had accutron movements. Apollo 16 used and left a Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) on April 21, 1972 for Passive Seismic Experiment (PSE). In Dec 1972 Apollo 17 landed on the LUNAR surface and collected additional data from the piece of equipment, the accutron watch housed on the piece of equipment was still functioning and keeping perfect time. Unfortunately Apollo 17 was the last LUNAR mission, the Seismic equipment with the Accutron watch is still there on the lunar surface to this day.

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