I'd suggest that you go back to a recent thread called "2 of my latest Accutrons" started by Italianouk for a pretty complete discussion of these watches. I certainly learned a lot from that thread.
Will be interested in your comments after you have reviewed it.
Being solid 18k probably didn't hurt either...ACCUONE "Rarity doesn't imply desirability."
... I just watched one sell on ebay for over $1000 so I guess it was desirable to somebody.
Yeah, not a popular version of a Spaceview. With just the normal, full bridge I really don't like them but with the skeletonized bridge and the O.E. cut away dial, I think it looks good.Wow. Some harsh opinions in this thread! Oh well. I will go on record saying that I think the 218 Spaceviews are awesome and I have always been in love with the design. I'm a bit biased - the one on my wrist right now was my Dad's everyday timepiece for 25 years before it was gifted to me nearly 20 years ago. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.
Well, that's an interesting viewpoint but not one shared by all Accutron collectors. The majority of Accutrons produced were of the 218 caliber and are still sought today by many collectors. Do all 214 caliber Accutrons sell for hundreds of dollars more than the others? No, not really. That's a slight exaggeration. I have seen many unique 218s go for more than the average 214. Yes, the 214 is unique because of its hidden crown but it was a bulkier watch and one Bulova elected not to equip with Day or Date complications. The Russian Slava copy of the Bulova 214 was equipped with both Date and Day/Date complications in a few rare cases, proving that the 214 movement could be so equipped. Customers wanted slimmer watches with additional complications and the 218/219/224 calibers fit the bill. All calibers of Accutron movements are unique and collectible. Personally, I like the 224 caliber Accuquartz movement as much, and possibly more, than the 214 caliber. It was the last tuning form caliber Bulova produced and represents a marriage between two different technologies. Fewer of these calibers were produced and they were priced higher than the other average Accutron calibers. To each his own. That's what makes the world more interesting.Since this seems to be a mostly negative thread on the 218 Spaceview-let me give you my opinion. Why single out the 218 Spaceview. I think all the 218's are ugly. They were built to satisfy the masses who wanted an accutron that looked like all the other watches on the market-winding stem and day/date. The only true accutron is the 214. It took me awhile to realize that and have since sold off all my 218s. Look at the prices on the market the 214s bring 100s of dollars more than the 218s of similar condition .