Bulova Accutron Watch, N0, Up-Down, Day-Date, 218 Tuning Fork Movement, Rare Black Textured Dial. Condition is Pre-owned, and in excellent overall condition. Butter smooth sweeping seconds hand and a lovely hum!
I have had this 3 months and it has run very well. I did a quick test over the last month, and in that time it has averaged -3 sec/day. This is obviously extremely good for a 50 year old watch, and is better than the vast majority of modern mechanical movements.For Accutrons, you want them to run a touch slow as opposed to notably fast - fast means you've got a battery issue. With this watch you are good to go!
The battery on this one is 3 months old, and should give you plenty more time before it needs replacing. I'll include a couple replacement batteries in the package! This has an original 218 movement with crown at 4 o'clock. These Accutrons are coded as 218X, with the X noting some differences between these movements. This is the 2182, which denotes the day-date complication.The 218 is such a cool movement - you get hacking seconds, quick set date, and an easy to operate crown. These are all features we covet on our modern watches, and that are so cool to have on this tuning fork platform. You don't get the hacking on the 214, and the time is much easier to set on the 218 than the "jump" you get with the 214. The hum from the watch is of course part of the charm of these tuning fork movements. This one hums at a bit of a higher frequency that some non day-date versions I have.
Actually, all my Accutrons have a slightly different sound to them. I have noticed anecdotally that the 218s are a bit of a higher tone than the 214s, and each complication seems to make it a touch louder. Anyway, it's all part of the fun of owning one of these watches.This is the day-date version, in the highly desired "up-down" configuration. The day and date wheels are a silverish color and the text is a very cool blue color. The dial has a matte texturing, and the indices and logo really shine against that background. It is quite a rare watch, and running beautifully. The lume pattern is great (see last photo). Of course, due to the age of the watch, the lume doesn't really hold its charge anymore - but it's still cool. See the caseback for details; dated N0, which means 1970. For these watches, M = 196x and N = 197x, with the x being the number following the letter.
So N0 = 1970, N1 = 1971, M6 = 1968, etc. Width: 35 mm, excluding crown.It does take a tiny bit of "know-how" to set the day-date correctly on these. Don't get me wrong, you'll figure it out pretty easily. But just for reference, here are a couple methods.
You can also Google this really easily. First set the day of the week. Pull out the crown and advance the time until the day advances.
It may be necessary to complete a 24-hour cycle before the first day change occurs. Repeat this procedure until the proper day appears in the day window. This establishes midnight from noon. Then set the date: Move the hands backwards to 6 o'clock and forward just beyond the 12 o'clock position to advance the date.
Repeat this procedure until the correct date appears in the date window. DAY OF THE WEEK is set to YESTERDAY. Then turn the crown until the.
DATE is set to YESTERDAY. Then pull and turn the crown, advancing the time as you normally would, passing the 12 midnight point, (this may require two revolutions), at which time the DAY and DATE will advance together displaying the current time. This synchronizes both wheels & establishes midnight (from noon).
The item "Bulova Accutron Watch, Up-Down, Day-Date, N0 218 Tuning Fork (2182)" is in sale since Tuesday, April 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "prettydeceextrap" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Russian federation, Canada.