In 2020, Accutron introduced the Spaceview 2020 boasting a striking open-worked dial clearly inspired by the original 1960s Spaceview, but powered by the world’s first electrostatic movement. 2020 was the same year that Accutron branched off from Bulova into its own brand. Now, a pair of new Accutron Spaceview Evolution watches join the collection, retaining many of the distinctive qualities of the 2020 versions but featuring an updated orientation.
Similar to the Spaceview 2020, the Spaceview Evolution watches sport generously sized 43.5mm polished stainless steel cases (15.9mm-thick), topped with domed-double box sapphire crystals. However, the Evolution variants have a new movement orientation where everything was shifted by 30 degrees, resulting in a fresh new look. To accommodate the shift, the crown has moved to the 2 o’clock position. The watches remain 50 meters water-resistant.
Accutron currently offers two versions of the Spaceview Evolution timepiece. One with a smoke-gray open dial, darkened metal outer ring, silver-toned hands, and a matte-black alligator strap. The other also includes a smoke-gray open dial paired with a silver-toned outer ring, metallic blue hands, and a shiny blue alligator strap. Both straps are genuine American alligator and are finished with double-press deployant clasps.
Both colorways benefit from Super-LumiNova on the hands and on the 12 silver-toned round indices. Something new to the aesthetic of the Spaceview Evolution is the finely knurled finishing on the bridges, in addition to the blue and black screws visible on the dial side.
“We are proud to expand the Accutron Spaceview assortment powered by electrostatic energy, a world’s first,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America. “The new Spaceview Evolution is a true design progression of the Spaceview 2020 that marked the return of Accutron’s timekeeping legacy.”
Inside the Spaceview Evolution watches is Accutron’s proprietary electrostatic energy movement, which Ariel explained in detail in his hands-on review of the Spaceview DNA watch. Essentially, the movement is home to twin turbines that rotate at rapid speeds with the motion of your wrist. Those turbines are located between two electrodes, which serve to capture the electrostatic energy created by the turbines and send them to an accumulator. The stored energy in the accumulator then powers two motors: an electrostatic motor (a world’s first) that drives the gliding seconds hand and a step motor that drives the hour and minute hands. The duo of motors are synchronized via integrated circuits and provide an accuracy rating of +/- 5 seconds a month.
The movement also has a power-saving mode, which kicks into gear after five minutes of inactivity with the second hand automatically halting at 12 o’clock. Although the seconds hand stays in place, the watch will continue to keep time as the hour and minute hands continue to move. To stop the power-saving mode and reactivate the seconds hand, you simply have to swing your arm up and down for about five seconds.
Over 60 years ago, Bulova revolutionized timekeeping with the launch of the Accutron, the world’s first tuning fork electronic watch. And now, Accutron continues that legacy with the innovative electrostatic watches that make up the contemporary Spaceview line. The Spaceview Evolution successfully combines a little of the original sixties Spaceview with the modern Spaceview 2020 but with its own charming twist. The Accutron Spaceview Evolution watches are priced at $3,950 USD and are available immediately for purchase. To learn more about the new Accutron Spaceview Evolution, please visit the brand’s website.