At BaselWorld 2011, Bulova Corporation celebrated its legacy in innovation with the release of the Limited Edition Bulova Accutron Conqueror wristwatch. The watch is inspired by the famous Lone Eagle timepiece that Bulova awarded to Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927, when he became the first person to complete a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The Bulova Accutron Conqueror recognizes the company’s commitment to innovation not only in aviation – from air travel to space exploration – but also within the world of timekeeping.
For over 135 years, Bulova has stood proudly in the vanguard of American innovation. A pioneering force in the industry since opening a small store in Lower Manhattan in 1875, Joseph Bulova transformed how watches were worn and how time was perceived. An independent thinker alert to the era’s risk-taking ethos, Bulova laid the foundation for the company to present one innovation after another, introducing the first full lines of men’s and ladies’ wristwatches, the first clock radio and the first electric clocks, while establishing the first plant dedicated to the mass production of watch components.
Unsurprisingly, many adventurers and explorers, including Charles A. Lindbergh, used and endorsed Bulova watches. This commitment to innovation continued with the 1960 introduction of Accutron, the world’s first fully electronic watch, and endures today with such breakthroughs as Bulova Precisionist, the world’s most accurate watch with a continuously sweeping second hand.
This pioneering spirit has also contributed to Bulova’s long-term commitment to technological progress in aviation. Bulova continued by building critical instruments and clocks for planes during World War II. Later, Bulova outfitted over forty NASA satellites with various timing instruments – most famously, contributing its Accutron technology to the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969.
The launch of the Conqueror aligns with the introduction of Bulova Accutron’s new brand ambassador, Sir Richard Branson, an entrepreneur in air travel and space tourism, and Founder of Virgin Group. While Charles Lindbergh accomplished one of the first great advances in the Golden Age of Aviation, Branson’s present-day quest to commercialize space aviation has transformed him into a similar figure for our era. He was knighted for his commitment to innovation, and he embodies the pioneering spirit of the Bulova Accutron Conqueror. Available in two hundred sequentially numbered collectible pieces, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror honors this dedication to ingenuity and adventure.
The Bulova Accutron Conqueror is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), as meeting the highest standards of contemporary timekeeping. Featuring a Dubois-Depraz 31340 53-jewel automatic mechanical movement, this distinguished Swiss-made chronometer incorporates a precision chronograph with flyback function for immediate reset, as well as a 24-hour GMT indicator to allow simultaneous independent dual time-zone readings.
The COSC certification number is engraved on each movement. Crafted of solid stainless steel, with a smoothly curved tonneau case, engraved to capture the essence of the 1927 original, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror includes green luminous numerals and hands, as well as a Mississippi alligator strap.
This limited edition timepiece is individually numbered on its caseback and includes a certificate of authenticity to attest to its position in a controlled production run of 200 pieces, after which the molds will be destroyed forever. Sold globally, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror retails at US$4,900.