BULOVA ACCUTRON CONQUEROR 03/28/2011
Bulova Accutron celebrates its legacy of innovation with the release of the Limited Edition Bulova Accutron Conqueror wristwatch. The watch is inspired by the famous Lone Eagle timepiece, created by Bulova to commemorate Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh’s monumental solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. The Bulova Accutron Conqueror recognizes the Bulova Corporation’s commitment to innovation not only in aviation—from air travel to space exploration—but also within the world of timekeeping.
A pioneering force in the industry since opening a small store in Lower Manhattan in 1875, Joseph Bulova transformed how watches were worn and how time was perceived. An independent thinker alert to the era’s risk-taking ethos, Bulova laid the foundation for the company to present one innovation after another, introducing the first full lines of men’s and ladies’ wristwatches, the first clock radio and the first electric clocks, while establishing the first plant dedicated to the mass production of watch components. Unsurprisingly, many adventurers and explorers, including Charles A. Lindbergh, used and endorsed Bulova watches. This commitment to innovation continued with the 1960 introduction of Accutron, the world’s first fully electronic watch, and endures today with such breakthroughs as Bulova Precisionist, the world’s most accurate watch with a continuously sweeping second hand.
This pioneering spirit has also contributed to Bulova’s long-term commitment to technological progress in aviation. “Bulova’s innovative contributions to the world of aviation were paramount in America’s success from early on,” said Dennis W. Perry, president of Bulova Corporation. “The Bulova Watch Prize—an award to the pilot who first succeeded in a solo non-stop transatlantic flight—was only the beginning.” Bulova continued by building critical instruments and clocks for planes during World War II. Later, Bulova outfitted over forty NASA satellites with various timing instruments—most famously, contributing its Accutron technology to the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969.
The Bulova Accutron Conqueror is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) -- the Swiss institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches, as meeting the highest standards of contemporary timekeeping. Featuring a Dubois-Depraz 31340 53-jewel automatic mechanical movement, this distinguished Swiss-made timepiece incorporates a precision chronometer as well as a 24-hour GMT indicator. The COSC certification number is engraved on each movement. Crafted of solid stainless steel, with a smoothly curved tonneau case, engraved to capture the essence of the 1927 original, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror includes green luminous numerals and hands, as well as a Mississippi alligator strap.
This limited edition timepiece is individually numbered on its caseback and includes a certificate of authenticity to attest to its position in a controlled production run of 200 pieces, after which the molds will be destroyed forever. Sold globally, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror retails at US $4,900.