Historical Bulova Accutron Spaceview Electonic Watch Is Futuristic (For 1965); Immensely Collectible
From the same individual who brought us this Seiko modded to look like an MKII watch, comes this newest creation. Before discussing this latest creation, it is good to know about the impetus for all this. Watch modding is a very niche but dedicated hobby. Basically, it is modifying aspects of one watch, such as the hands, dial, color, or anything else - in order to look like another watch, or something totally unique. It is more than just simply changing the strap of bracelet. While the modifications can be minor, often the result is a drastically altered watch, with the best mods looking like they were true production models. People mod watch for various reasons. Some like the custom look, some simply want that watch that just missed being perfect, to be perfect. The good news is that there are lots of available watch out there, and the clever modder can amaze you working with a good 'base' watch. It could boggle your mind with possibilities. I am still waiting for the perfect Seiko Rolex mod.
Inside is an ETA 2894-2 automatic movement with the a chronograph module. This is of the highest grade chronograph enabled movements available, and is visible through the case back. The chronograph pushers are very easy to use, especially without looking on this model, and are a pleasure to engage given the high quality of the movement. Being a bi-compax chronograph, tere are only two subsidiary windows meaning that this a 30 minute counter, rather than a 12 hour counter that is common with the a tri-compax or Valjoux 7750 type of movement. I do really love the use of the two large symmetrical counters; legibility is top-notch.
The Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi series is based on a double retrograde movement meant to display the hours and minutes through two moving hands. The movement is an automatic mechanical movement with a 40 hour power reserve and a special push button on the crown. Pushing the button returns the hands to the position in the pictures. This is the "resting" or non-temporal position of the watch hands. This so you can see the American Eagle in its more regal of states. Pushing the button again returns the hands to a temporal position so that you can view the time. Thus, you have these two moves of operation at your disposal.
Nautica is purely a lower-end fashion watch. Having said that, I can still appreciate a decent looking release from them. The vast majority of their watches are between 0-0. They don't do much in terms of original designs, but rather pick and choose from what they feel are copyable looks. I don't have a problem with this as you can get an emulated designer look, on the cheap.
Maybe LUM-TEC will use a sophisticated technique like the one that Breitling used for pushers. Read here to see how Breitling used magnets create 'no contact' pushers for its Avenger Seawolf Chronograph watch. I don't know if this concept can be translated into a design for a crown meant to rotate an internal ring, but it might be a good start for them. Another approach would be to use one hell of a heavy duty gasket system. As the development of this watch continues, we will get a better idea of LUM-TEC's inevitably clever solution.
The phone is also a "world phone," and pretty flexible. With quad-band GSM and WCDMA (world CDMA), this phone should work on just about every network or carrier; great so that you can appear in absolute fashion disarray from the cities of Africa to the suburbs of Korea. This item represents one of the few hybrid GSM/CDMA phones out there, and you'll certainly be paying for it...in money and dignity. The phone also has 3G connection. Otherwise the operating system seems to be some Symbian derivative. Nokia's Symbian OS is a really functional and flexible OS, but the version in this phone just seems totally outdated from a UI standpoint. Further, the mediocre small screen (two inches) is probably not the best to look at, but adequate. Inside it has enough stuff to offer decent functionality. Nothing better than a decent free phone from your local carrier.
Well that was history, and since then Harwood watches went the way of so many other watch makers. Now, after many years, the Harwood watch name has been revived. While the new company has no real roots with the original Harwood (and no patent rights to exclusively make automatic watch as that patent obviously expired LONG ago), it is another sign that the watch industry is doing so well, that we are beginning to see more and more old names anew.
See Accutron Spaceview watches on eBay here.
Each watch has a thick leather strap. The Square has a standard buckle clasp, which the Cameo has a folding deployment clasp. The ETA 2892 in the Cameo is a higher quality movement than the ETA 2836 in the Square, though the 2892 does not have a day of the week complication. Notice that the date disc in the Temption is colored to match the dial color, while the Fortis uses the standard white color of the date and day discs. Given these fact as well and the higher costs in case construction, the Temption Cameo is a more expensive watch, but not by too much, and the value is there. The little details in the Temption certainly make for a more designer looking watch, though I have little to complain about with the Fortis Square. Unlike the Fortis, the Temption has a perfectly square sapphire crystal that is much harder to attach to the case, whereas the Fortis has a square shaped crystal that has rounded edges. You'll further notice the cabochon gem in the Temption crown, while Fortis has a signed crown.