Bulova Accutron decided to bring out the big guns for this year’s edition of Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show that was closed a few days ago, and to present the first ever self-winding mechanical watch which allows its wearer to adjust the accuracy of the timepiece. The novelty watch named Bulova Accutron Calibrator will be manufactured with the new revolutionary feature dubbed External Fine Adjustment System for which the brand claims that it provides control of punctuality of 99.99 percent. Furthermore, this accuracy can be achieved without the help of a professional technician.
The use of the fine adjustment system can be tracked on the dial of Bulova Accutron Calibrator which includes a sub-dial in a shape of arch. This gauge enables the wearer to modify the accuracy of the timepiece through a simple process. At the top of the sub dial is a minus symbol that represents a slower pace of the mechanism, whereas the top of the bottom of the arched indication includes plus symbol that naturally represents a faster speed. Each notch on the scale represents a change of five seconds within a day. To make these fine adjustments, the wearer first inserts a key into the port that is placed on the side of the watch. This key triggers the length changes of the movement hairspring.
As the representatives of Bulova Accutron explain, this sort of feature has shown 99.99 percent accuracy over the months of extensive tests that took place in an independent lab in Switzerland, although the brand does not provide more information about which institution it was. In the official statement, the president of Bulova Corporation, Dennis W. Perry, expressed his excitement about the launch of the new timepiece: “As a company committed to design and innovation, Bulova is proud to introduce this unique advance in timekeeping accuracy.” Mr. Perry also explained why the introduction of Bulova Accutron Callibrator with External Fine Adjustment System is so important: “With this introduction, Bulova Accutron is transforming the boundaries of mechanical watch accuracy”.
As it is announced, the first products with Bulova Accutron designations will be launched around the world next September. There will be three versions at the beginning which are expected to cost somewhere between $1,600 and $1,700. In accordance with the usual practice of the brand, they will be produced in Switzerland, made in stainless steel casings (possibly with gold plating) and with the dials constructed of sapphire crystal. So far the company has released photos of three Callibrators. Two of them are with three hands each and with gauges on their dials, whereas the third model called Amerigo Chrono XL also features a chronograph feature as its name suggests. The latter version with a double-window large date indication is also made with a retrograde day of a week display at the top of its face, and it is fair to expect that this will also be the indication used to make tunings with External Fine Adjustment System.