My first new watch of 2017

My first new watch of 2017

Postby artman » January 8th 2017, 4:38pm

First launched in Baselworld in 2012, I found this Bulova Accutron Calibrator at Kmart late last night.
Image
The width is 43mm, the thickness is 12.5m and it has a very clear sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. On the back it has a sweet exhibition case back showing off it's Swiss Made movement. I've read it's an ETA, I've also read it was a Sellita. I can't tell. Maybe Bobbee can offer up some insight on what it's got inside.
Image
What makes this model interesting is that it's got this cool feature to calibrate the movement by yourself without the need of a tech, thus the name "Calibrator". Using a provided hex key you can easily adjust the settings with the External Fine Adjustment System, which claims it allows you to make it 99.99% accurate. Honestly, I get the feeling that this is just a gimmick that did not really catch on, but I don't care because the little blue hand is badass.
Image
Image
I really like how the leather strap is fitted and the look of the dial. And I especially like how the tuning fork is etched on the outside of the butterfly clasp and on the crown. Very classy.
Image
Image
Anyway, thanks for allowing me to share what is now one of my favorite finds from the Guam Kmart.
User avatar
artman
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 1331
Joined: February 8th 2015, 5:42pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby svaglic » January 8th 2017, 4:42pm

Very cool, very nice. I had no idea that Kmart had these.
The truth is the truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it. Unknown
User avatar
svaglic
ASSHAT
 
Posts: 3496
Joined: November 30th 2010, 11:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby smellody » January 8th 2017, 4:43pm

Wow. That is a lot of watch for Kmart! Well done.
   
User avatar
smellody
Founding Member - WIS
 
Posts: 4215
Joined: December 18th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: West Salem, OR

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby codguy » January 8th 2017, 4:43pm

Methinks it's a ETA variation but the rotor is throwing me off just a bit, the Sellita equivalent is typically 26 jewels.
The adjustment function is pretty neat.
Last edited by codguy on January 8th 2017, 4:45pm, edited 2 times in total.
.


Image
User avatar
codguy
ASSHAT
 
Posts: 4702
Joined: June 9th 2011, 10:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby artman » January 8th 2017, 4:45pm

svaglic wrote:Very cool, very nice. I had no idea that Kmart had these.

Only on Guam! They even had the version with the steel bracelet, but I preferred the leather.
User avatar
artman
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 1331
Joined: February 8th 2015, 5:42pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby spanky1 » January 8th 2017, 4:50pm

Well Done: It's a keeper
User avatar
spanky1
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 2617
Joined: August 5th 2011, 10:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby biglove » January 8th 2017, 4:56pm

That is an impressive watch, especially for freaking K-Mart!

Had no idea such a feature as the calibration function was even out there.

Damned nice find.
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."-Robert A. Heinlein
Image
User avatar
biglove
Watchlord WIS
 
Posts: 9408
Joined: October 27th 2013, 9:18am
Location: Deep South

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby Racer-X » January 8th 2017, 5:18pm

Great looking Bulova Artie. Interested to hear the take on that regulator movement. Bought my first watch, a Maurice Lacroix, at KMart in 1981.
User avatar
Racer-X
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 3625
Joined: June 11th 2011, 10:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby eddiea » January 8th 2017, 5:26pm

artman wrote: I've read it's an ETA, I've also read it was a Sellita. I can't tell.

ETA 2824-2....Nice catch!
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”
Image
User avatar
eddiea
Founding Member & Master of Time
 
Posts: 10538
Joined: December 25th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Nikki Beach, Miami (GMT -5)

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby artman » January 8th 2017, 5:35pm

Thanks for the kind words. eddiea your new avatar rocks!
User avatar
artman
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 1331
Joined: February 8th 2015, 5:42pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby AntFarm » January 8th 2017, 6:16pm

Excellent Kmart find. That's a good looking Bulova.
User avatar
AntFarm
Watchlord WIS
 
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 30th 2012, 10:00pm
Location: E. Northport, NY

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby Mortuus » January 8th 2017, 7:41pm

That's one gorgeous looking Bullie, Artemous...and at a fine Kmart blue light special, too! Outstanding pickup!
Do Not Mistake My Kindness for Weakness.
User avatar
Mortuus
Master of Time
 
Posts: 7901
Joined: February 3rd 2012, 11:00pm
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby Dr.Morningwood » January 8th 2017, 7:50pm

Great Looking watch!
I didn't even know there were any K-Marts left?
User avatar
Dr.Morningwood
Watchlord WIS
 
Posts: 883
Joined: November 6th 2011, 11:00pm
Location: Central New Jersey

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby TemerityB » January 8th 2017, 7:52pm

Artie, you're my hero - found a really handsome, almost extinct Bulova Accutron at a Kmart. A Kmart.

That's just too cool. Great photos, too.
"I don't have pet peeves - I have major psychotic fucking hatreds." – George Carlin
User avatar
TemerityB
ASSHAT
 
Posts: 12504
Joined: June 12th 2010, 10:00pm
Location: New York City

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby robatsu » January 8th 2017, 7:57pm

I didn't even know K-Mart was still in business, much less selling something cool like this.
User avatar
robatsu
Master of Time
 
Posts: 407
Joined: February 10th 2015, 7:53am
Location: Osaka, Japan/Eugene, Oregon

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby koimaster » January 13th 2017, 4:29pm

Nice watch. I just saw a new one for sale for just over $550 today
Image

1946-2006

“Your heart was warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day and in every way

Now forever and ever after."
User avatar
koimaster
Administrator/Founder
 
Posts: 31293
Joined: December 16th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Oregon

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby artman » January 13th 2017, 4:37pm

I paid $358 no sales tax here. The model with the steel was $380. WOW has the model with the black face and gold accents for about $440.
User avatar
artman
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 1331
Joined: February 8th 2015, 5:42pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby foghorn » January 13th 2017, 4:42pm

Mr. Buzzkill here.
99.99% accuracy is in the 9-10 sec / day range.



But it's a great looking watch even without the "technology"



Kmart?? Guam rocks!
Image

This is the jinnies with their legahorns feinting to read in theirhandmade's book of stralegy while making their war undisidesthe Willingdone
User avatar
foghorn
Founding Member
 
Posts: 14456
Joined: December 18th 2009, 11:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby koimaster » January 13th 2017, 4:55pm

artman wrote:I paid $358 no sales tax here. The model with the steel was $380. WOW has the model with the black face and gold accents for about $440.



No value pays!!! :lol:
Image

1946-2006

“Your heart was warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day and in every way

Now forever and ever after."
User avatar
koimaster
Administrator/Founder
 
Posts: 31293
Joined: December 16th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Oregon

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby conjurer » January 13th 2017, 5:00pm

A beautiful watch!
Johannes! My knees are trembling from banging her so hard with my rod!
User avatar
conjurer
Master of Time
 
Posts: 23371
Joined: July 13th 2010, 10:00pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby koimaster » February 9th 2017, 11:58am

Is it a accu-swiss version by chance?
Image

1946-2006

“Your heart was warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day and in every way

Now forever and ever after."
User avatar
koimaster
Administrator/Founder
 
Posts: 31293
Joined: December 16th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Oregon

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby gerdson » February 9th 2017, 12:06pm

Nice looking. It is not the first watch that can be regulated from the outside - there used to be something (probably in the 50ies, I'd have to go digging for it), where You could regulate through some mechanism on the back. Never a big success then...
Ardnut since 1989

In twenty years or so, the German language will be one, massively long compound word.
-- conjurer


Well, you see, the hole thing began with peyote...
User avatar
gerdson
Master of Time
 
Posts: 1789
Joined: January 7th 2013, 11:00pm
Location: Just north of Northern Krautland

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby artman » February 9th 2017, 2:14pm

Thanks for the kind words. I just read Foggy's comment about 99.99% accuracy meaning 9-10 seconds per day and laughed really hard. I suppose that's why they didn't sell as well as they projected because the tech was more hype than innovation.
User avatar
artman
Senior Member & WIS
 
Posts: 1331
Joined: February 8th 2015, 5:42pm

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby Mark1 » February 9th 2017, 7:50pm

99.99% accuracy would leave 8.64 seconds per day. I like the raised numerals among other things, congratulations.
Well, welcome to the real world, my delicate little Instagrammed snowflakes. Piers Morgan
User avatar
Mark1
Founding Member
 
Posts: 6756
Joined: December 19th 2009, 11:00pm
Location: Oregon

Re: My first new watch of 2017

Postby AlbertaTime » February 9th 2017, 9:01pm

Smart looking piece, and a cool complication. It brings its own history.
Curator: Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River

"That stone buddha deserves all the birdshit it gets. I wave my skinny arms like a tall flower in the wind." Ikkyu
User avatar
AlbertaTime
Master of Time
 
Posts: 2634
Joined: October 13th 2010, 10:00pm
Location: Peace River, Alberta


Return to Your New Watch

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests