Deke Slayton’s Personally Owned Bulova Accutron Astronaut model wristwatch

20 Nov

Deke Slayton’s personally-owned and -worn Bulova Accutron Astronaut model wristwatch in stainless steel with original stainless steel Bulova Accutron bracelet, grade 214 tuning-fork mechanism, black 12-hour dial with 24-hour rotating bezel, additional hand with arrow pointer indicating time on the 24-hour scale, with luminous hands and markers. The bezel allows one to read local time in the 24-hour system when the “24” indication on the bezel is opposite the 12 o’clock marker on the dial, and also allows one to set the bezel in position for another time zone anywhere on the planet. The movement, case, dial, crown and band are all ‘signed’ or bear the Accutron logo. Originally, the batteries for such watches were 1.35V mercury, while today watch batteries are 1.55V; the difference in voltage would yield slightly different timekeeping requiring regulation if changed to modern batteries.

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Deke Slayton


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