We are not kidding here. If you are an electronics nerd, a watch fanatic, a space-age lover, the newest book on a 60-year-old icon and on-going phenomenon will have you drooling. Accutron: From the Space Age to the Digital Age is page after page (for 150 pages) of history, mechanics, technological advancements and more.
Written by Jack Forster of Hodinkee and edited by Aaron Sigmund, the book is a chronicle that recalls the introduction of the revolutionary Bulova Accutron watches, and what led up to their making. It recalls the coming of the digital watch era, the advent of the world’s only tuning fork watch, and the advancement of watch technology in general.
It was in 1960 that Bulova first released its initial electronic watch. That Spaceview watch was an anomaly – born in an era of space exploration and digital advancements – that would become an icon. In fact, this year, with Accutron being its own fledgling brand rather than living under the Bulova umbrella, the brand has launched an all-new electrostatic-powered Accutron Spaceview that promises to be even more revolutionary and iconic.
The book deftly outlines all of the advancements that have spanned the 60 years from the first Spaceview to today’s model. It boasts a foreword by industrial designer Carl Gustav Magnusson and is definitely any watch lover’s collector’s item. Each of the six chapters is richly deep in history and technology – with information about the brand’s involvement in aviation and space exploration, as well as its timekeeping evolution. Hundreds of historical and new photographs underscore the text and bring the Accutron to life from the inside out.
While the book, published by luxury watch publisher Assouline, can be purchased for $75, there is an even better deal on the table: a Limited-Edition Spaceview Book set. The set, of which just 300 pieces will be made, combines the book with a limited-edition Accutron Spaceview 2020 watch. Both the watch and the book are individually numbered with coordinated numbers. The stainless steel watch boasts a signature Accutron green dial with a black leather strap with green stitching accents. The boxed set retails for $4,000.
“We are proud to reintroduce the iconic heritage of Accutron in time for the brand’s sixtieth anniversary,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America (which owns Bulova and Accutron). “Our goal is to advance the legacy of Accutron by honoring the past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future.”