11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches

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Bulova: A History Of Modern

This year, American-founded Bulova celebrates their 140th anniversary after being founded by Joseph Bulova in 1875. Bulova himself was an immigrant to the United States, and his company quickly became one of the largest watch and clock makers in the country. Bulova existed not only at the height of America's dominance in timekeeping and wrist watch production, but also as many of the most important technological innovations in watchmaking were being developed.

Joseph Bulova himself died in 1936, but not before the Bulova Watch Company hit it big in the early 1920s. Many of their early timepieces were produced in Switzerland, and likewise, today, the Bulova Accu-Swiss collection is Swiss Made. In 1926, Bulova was the first company to have a national US advertisement on the radio, and later in 1941, Bulova was also the first company to have an advertisement on television.

Bulova was independently operated until 1979. Nevertheless, Bulova today continues to be an American-run company with its key leadership in New York - its historical home since the days of Joseph Bulova. Recently, Bulova moved it's headquarters from Woodside back to Manhattan as part of the long-standing watch makers' 140th anniversary celebration. To recall some of Bulova's greatest moments, here are 11 impressive achievements after 140 years of watch making.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

1875 - First Store In Manhattan

Joseph Bulova opens his first store on Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan — at that time, the epicenter of New York City’s jewelry industry.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

1912 - Production Of Standardized, Interchangeable Parts.

In an initiative that revolutionized timekeeping, Joseph Bulova begins producing standardized watch parts at their first dedicated watch manufacturing and assembly plant in Bienne, Switzerland. At this time, many watch makers in Europe were still producing watches with parts unique to each piece.

1941 - First Ever Television Advertiser

Following their status as the world's first national radio advertiser in 1926, the first Bulova TV spot is broadcast from the top of the Empire State Building. It also happened to be the first television advertisement, ever. In 1941, Bulova decided to experiment with what was then a brand new form of advertising at a time when very few people even owned televisions. The commercial was, ironically, without any animation, but it did have a message toward the end that said "America runs on Bulova time." The advertisement cost the company just $9.00 to run back in 1941.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

1960 - Electronic Watches Are Born With Accutron

Accutron, the world’s first fully electronic watch, receives universal acclaim. Its 360-hertz vibrating tuning fork hummed instead of ticking, and guaranteed accuracy to one minute per month. It was the most accurate type of watch movement of its time.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

1959 - Participation In The US Space Program

Bulova becomes part of the United States NASA space program, ultimately partaking in a total of 46 missions.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

1969 - Bulova On The Moon

Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, places a Bulova timing mechanism on the moon's surface in the Sea of Tranquility.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

2000 - New York Names "Bulova Day."

To commemorate Bulova's 125th anniversary, New York City Major Rudolph Giuliani declares October 4th, 2000, “Bulova Day.”

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

2010 - 262kHz Precisionist Vs. 32.7kHz Standard Quartz Movements

Bulova introduces its Precisionist chronograph, water resistant to 300 meters. Vibrating at 262 kHz, it is accurate to 1/1000th of a second. The Precisionist movement further offered a signature sweeping seconds hand and vastly improved accuracy over traditional quartz watches. Precisionist technology is later used in all Bulova UHF ("ultra high frequency") watch movements.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

2013 - Timekeeper Of International Sports

Bulova announces a sponsorship agreement to become the official timekeeper of Manchester United, an English Premier League football club. With hundreds of millions of international fans.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

2014 - First Solid 24k Gold Watch

The first edition of the Joseph Bulova collection is developed: a 24-karat gold timepiece designed by Gregory Thumm, the company’s President. Bulova developed a way to forge solid 24k gold which negated the traditional weakness of 24k gold, which was its softness.

11 Impressive Achievements From 140 Years Of Bulova Watches Feature Articles

2015 - Bulova Enters The Empire States Building

The company returns to Manhattan, moving the global headquarters to the 29th floor of the iconic Empire State Building in New York City.

  • Lode_Runner

    The Precisionist movement is probably the most impressive thing they’ve done since the original Accutron movements of the 1960s.  They don’t realize what a gold mine they’re sitting on with that movement, a reliable and accurate quartz watch with an elegant sweeping second hand.  The lack of a sweeping second hand is one of the things that makes quartz watches feel cheap and off-putting, and that clunky tick-tick-tick is the reason so many people will never associate quartz with quality.  

    Now if only they made watch designs that weren’t butt-ugly and understood the value of simplicity, they’d be taking over the mid-range market.  That steel chronometer shown in the article is putrid, as are their other original Precisionist pieces.  The new Accutron II line is a step in the right direction but not quite there.  If they had the courage to hire some real designers, and put out some vintage-style pieces, they’d take over the sub-$2K market.

  • Jimxxx

    Bulovazzzzzzzzz……

  • I_G

    Lode_Runner What’s really putrid is that Manc United logo on that watch. BARF

  • James Coghlan

    Lovin a bit if Bulova, I like the brand.

  • PhilR

    There’s a Bulova Day? That’s kind of amazing

  • GaryK30

    The original Accutron was accurate to one minute per month, not one minute per year.

  • DeltronZero

    PhilR can’t wait for October 4th, 2000 to roll around again so we can all celebrate

  • PhilR

    DeltronZero Haha ah yes, it was just the one day. Less amazing.

  • DeltronZero

    yep, we missed it but at least we still have National Cheeseburger day to look forward to

  • Mike V

    I have several Bulova watches from the 1940’s and ’50’s most in solid gold cases and all still working great. I’m glad to see them coming out with new innovative products as they were once a great American company.

  • DG Cayse

    Bulovsa is a fine watch, IMO. I particularly like the 262kHz Precisionist UHF movement. Nicely reviewed on ABTW recently.

  • posaune76

    It’s vs. its. Please.

  • DG Cayse

    posaune76 ” It’s ” = ” It is ”
    ” Its’ ” = possessive as in “Its’ book” or belonging to ‘it’
    ” Its ” =  ???, perhaps a limited grammar education in English. Or, perhaps ESL.

  • posaune76

    Yikes. If you’re going to try to condescend, please be correct. “It’s” is the only form with an apostrophe, and yes, you are correct about it being a conjunction. “Its” is the possessive form.
    dictionary.reference.com/browse/ITS
    “Bulova moved it’s headquarters” is the offending passage. If I were the one paying for the sponsored post, I’d want a discount.

  • posaune76

    Edit: “it’s” is a contraction, not a conjunction. Regret the error.

  • I’m a retired printer and linguist, so I’ll show you the simple sentence, from the first page of Strunk & White’s writing guide, that we’re taught to remember the difference: “It’s a wise dog that scratches its own fleas.” It never ceases to amaze me that something taught as early as the first grade is so misunderstood by otherwise well-educated people in responsible positions. Years ago there was a casino on the Las Vegas Strip (called the Stratosphere now, Vegas World at the time) proudly proclaiming, “GAMBLING AT IT’S BEST” in three-foot-high neon letters. It took some campaigning, but eventually the hotel sent a worker to remove the extraneous apostrophe, leaving a huge gap between the two letters until the entire sign was removed during renovations more than a decade later.

  • steveal

    Lode_Runner Indeed. Drop the silly seconds hand. Better still study a Grand Seiko catalogue…