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I'd been considering adding a 24 hour watch to my collection -- a true 24 hour watch, where the hour hand only goes around the dial once per day, and I recently stumbled upon this ad for a 24 hour Accutron:
https://www.unwindintime.com/products/bulova-accutron-custom-true-24-hour-dial-stainless-steel-watch I actually saw it early enough I could have gotten it, but I'm not aware enough of the scarcity of that watch to have considered the price he was selling it for. The listing states it is a "custom" watch, which led me to believe it was one of a kind. However, I then did some looking, which of course led me to Rob B's superior site, where he said there was a regular 24 hour variant of the 218 movement. So I was wondering, was that Accutron for sale a real unique piece, or are there more true 24 hour Accutrons in the wild out there that I just need to keep an eye out for? An Accutron 24 hour watch would be just what I am looking for.
 

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As the ad says, it is a custom piece. That dial is found on 24 hour bulova accutron timers. The timers were used in various military applications like space/aviation. Normally 24 hour dials are flat, but I have seen a photo of a convex dial so I am curious if others think there are any legit 24 hour wrist watch accutrons. As far as the insides go, the accutron astronaut has all of the same wheels/parts as the standard battery operated timers. Timers sometimes have additional parts for day counters and exterior power.
 

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The advertisement for the watch has the case stamped 2446. According to a post on WTF by Spaceview M2, the 2446 caseback was for models 213 and 214 Accutrons which were not 24 hour watches and I seriously doubt that they had a hack movement as the watch in the ad has. I agree with uscjake87 in that I have never seen a 24 hour Accutron. It is a very nice looking watch though if you want to spend that kind of money on a custom accutron.
 

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Huh. OK then. I think I know now what I need to be on a search for if I want a 24 hour Accutron of my own.
 

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If making your own, NOS wheels and parts to add the 24 hour function are expensive on their own. Its best to get a beat up astronaut. Some ebay sellers have a 24 hour dial, but they are too big to fit in normal accutron cases. You also have the issue of flat vs convex dials. A flat dial wont work.
 

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Were there 24 hour timers for the space program?


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Pretty sure on one mission the astronauts wore Speedys on their arm and had an accutron timer in the instrument panel. This, from recollection only, as I read it in an accutron story once? Please correct me if I have it wrong.
 
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