Bulova is an American watch brand founded in 1875 and currently owned by Japanese conglomerate Citizen Watch Co. It manufactures watches and clocks and is based in New York City. Bulova’s Swiss-Made line is known as Bulova Accu-Swiss and was formerly known as Bulova Accutron. Bulova’s “Accutron” watches, first sold in October 1960, use a 360 Hz tuning fork instead of a balance wheel as the timekeeping element. The inventor, Max Hetzel, was born in Basel, Switzerland, and joined the Bulova Watch Company in 1948. The tuning fork was powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator circuit, so the Accutron qualifies as the second “electronic watch“, following the Hamilton Electric released in 1957.
Instead of the ticking sound made by mechanical watches, the Bulova Accutron had a faint, high-pitched hum which came from the vibrating tuning fork. A forerunner of modern quartz watches which also keep time with a vibrating resonator, the Accutron was guaranteed to be accurate to one minute per month, or two seconds per day, considerably better than mechanical watches of the time. Even today Bulova is driven by the same fundamental principles of craftsmanship, innovation and technology that guided the vision of our founder more than 145 (2020) years ago. Just like Joseph Bulova, we set our standards and created our rules, going beyond the limits to always offer something extraordinary.
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