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I have four Accutron II watches. The Precisionist line has a similar movement but I have none of those.
They’ve been discontinued by Bulova, but can be found on eBay, and I think a few are still listed on Amazon.
The movements used in these watches have two noteworthy features: as you noted, smooth second hand, and uncommon accuracy.
Accuracy: they will gain or lose only a few seconds between daylight savings time changeover dates. This is in comparison to a conventional quartz movement, which (in my experience) can gain/lose 5-10 seconds per month. I have some conventional quartz that are better than that, and some that aren’t quite that good.
Sweep second hands: They are very smooth. Slow motion video shows they pulse at 16 beats per second, or 16 Hz. I believe some are 8 Hz, which also is enough to look like a perfectly smooth sweep. The chronographs in this series have a small second hand in a subdial; I have a 262 kHz in this series and it pulses twice per second. With that hand being barely over 1/4 inch long, 2 Hz is smooth enough.
I’ve changed the leather strap on two of the four that I have because I wasn’t happy with the strap. I do like the black link bracelet on my Snorkel which is a twin to the one you showed.
I took a chance on this watch because of the two features mentioned and the price. It was
very reasonably priced at ebay for a change.
Great watches! Scary accurate. Had mine for 3 or 4 years and still looks perfect. I don't know what the finish it (PVD?) but it wears like iron and still looks perfect. Easily found for under $200. AccutronLobster.jpg
FWIW, I just bought mine $125 plus shipping at ebay BIN.
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do you recall offhand what battery number the accutron II takes?
I recently bought a Bulova 98B219 Accutron II watch. It was going cheap because the crystal is scratched. Does anyone know where to get a suitable replacement crystal for this type of watch? I have watchmakers press and can make dies to fit anything I want in order to remove and fir a new crystal. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.
As to cell type, mine takes a Lithium CR2016. These are easily available and cheap. I believe they only last about a year.
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