Introducing two new additions to the Accutron Spaceview 2020 collection

Introducing two new additions to the Accutron Spaceview 2020 collection

For many, the year 1969 marks the watershed for electric watches, with the invention of the quartz wristwatch in Japan. In reality, the era of the electric watch dates back a little earlier. The first Bulova Accutron Spaceview debuted in 1960; and introduced an entirely new form of timekeeping. Rather than rely on a quartz crystal as the regulatory device, the original Accutron used a tuning fork driven by an electromagnetic coil, with every single element of the ingenious mechanism on display.

Accutron Spaceview 2020 collection

The Low-Down

A few short years ago, Accutron released the Spaceview 2020, now powered by a proprietary calibre, the first-ever electrostatic drive. Energy is generated via two turbines that rapidly turn thanks to the wearers kinetic energy. This energy is stored in an accumulator that powers two motors, one for the smooth sweep of the seconds hand, and the other – a stepping motor for hours and minutes.

These two new additions boast a 43.5mm steel case with a more conventional lug arrangement than the hooded lug design of the original Spaceview 2020. Both feature an openwork dial showing off the technical interior. Both designs echo the look of the 1960 original green details. The model on the calfskin strap makes more ample use of the color, while the bracelet version only deploys it more sparingly. Both feature a transparent chapter ring with luminous hour markers, and the mechanism is accurate to +/- 5 seconds a month.

Accutron Spaceview 2020 collection

IMHO

The original Bulova Accutron Spaceview represents a truly important chapter in the story of timekeeping, and the Accutron Spaceview 2020 honours this legacy and demonstrates that there’s still a place for unconventional technology in watchmaking. The style is a pleasing mix of contemporary and a nod to the past. This, combined with the sub-4k price point makes this an interesting option for anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary.

Accutron Spaceview 2020 collection

Tech Specs

Movement: Proprietary Electrostatic Movement
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and power-saving function
Case: Stainless steel, 43.5 by 15.9mm, water-resistant to 50M
Strap: Steel bracelet or leather strap
Price: USD 3,850 on bracelet, USD 3,450 on strap

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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