That band is the ORIGINAL band for the 1964 Accutron Astronaut. I know I have one with that band that I was given as a gift in 1965. It is a Kreisler band. Not many or left.I've never seen that band before, I surmise that it had a accutron clasp installed on a non accutron band. The problem with electroplate cases is that they can not be restored without incurring high costs. You didn't miss out by not getting that watch. A stainless steel one would be preferable IMHO.
Exactly! It all depends on what you are going for. Some folks want the watch to look exactly like the catalog. Others are satisfied with a "period correct" watch, while others don't care what's up with the parts as long as it looks good and runs well.Whenever you bought an Accutron from an AD you could mix & match as far as bands that he had on hand. It was really the customers preference. I'm not saying it isn't the original band, just that maybe it was put on at the dealer and not Bulova
Yep, my father-in-law selected his 218 GP 25 yr. presentation Accutron and Twist-O-Flex band from a company catalog and that is the way it is still furnished.Good points, I remember that many many people specified Speidel Twist O Flex bands back then. I still like them and have several watches that have them on including a tuning fork Omega on which I'm 99.9% sure the flex band was original.
I agree. The band on my father-in-laws Accutron does not have spring loaded ends. The spring loaded end bands cause even more lug erosion on GP cases. A GP 214 I have has a Twist-O-Flex band that has ends with notches so you could remove sections to make it fit the lugs of your watch.I am suspicious of any band that had spring loaded end links. You just don't see them on 214s as original equipment. There is little question in my mind that they were authentic Bulova Accutron bands but were made as replacements to be sold by Bulova dealers.