How Accutron Is Reviving the Golden Age of Watchmaking

In 1960, Accutron reinvented the wristwatch. Instead of drawing power from a mainspring (the technology behind most watch movements at the time), the Spaceview relied on a tuning fork powered by a battery. And instead of a traditional dial, its colourful electronic guts were on display through a convex crystal, calling to mind the space helmets and domed cities of the future. (In fact, the Accutron’s inside-out design was a key inspiration for the Centre Pompidou in Paris.)

The Accutron Spaceview didn’t just look cool, however; it was also the most accurate timepiece ever created. With the invention of quartz movements still nearly a decade away, Accutron was the epitome of watchmaking advancement in its day.

Watches have changed a lot in the past 60 years, but Accutron’s triumphant return shows that its approach to both design and watchmaking technology has stood the test of time.

Accutron Legacy “565”

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The “565” Limited Edition is a recreation of a groundbreaking 1966 design with an unusual cross-hatched case and a winding crown at four o’clock, nicknamed “football” for its distinctive shape. ($1,795)

Accutron Spaceview 2020

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In 2020, to mark the 60th anniversary of the original Spaceview, Accutron introduced Spaceview 2020, the first watch to be powered by an electrostatic motor and turbine system. ($3,995)

Accutron Legacy “R.R.-O”

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This 1970s watch was originally made for workers on Canada’s railroads, and the reboot features a period-correct 34 mm stainless-steel case, distinctive winding crown at four o’clock, and bold Arabic numerals. ($1,695)