Bulova Accutron: the tuning fork revolution

Bulova Accutron: the tuning fork revolution

Postby koimaster » June 19th 2015, 1:02pm

In 1950, long before the arrival of quartz watches, whose precision led to their supplanting mechanical pieces, Bulova, an American watch brand, worked on a technology that increased watches’ autonomy and precision; the two weak spots of mechanical watches at the time.

Lunar adventure for a transistor caliber

ACCUTRON stands for “ACCUracy through ElecTRONic”. The world’s first electronic watch functions with a tuning fork; a small fork-shaped piece that until then had only been used in music. Engineer Max Hetzel developed its transistor movement, which was able to achieve an unprecedented precision of a minute per month. This model brought fame and success to Bulova and the piece was even worn by American astronauts when they travelled to the Moon.


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