Founded in 1875 in United States of America, Bulova remains one of the world’s most recognized watch brands.
The company manufactures timepieces under Bulova, Bulova Accutron (New name: Accu.Swiss), Bulova Accutron II, Caravelle, Wittnauer, brands. It also produced licensed Harley-Davidson® Timepieces by Bulova watches, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® watches and clocks, and the award-winning Bulova Clocks.
[Note: In 2014, Bulova Corporation discontinued the production of watches under the “Accutron” and “Accutron by Bulova” brand.]
An independent subsidiary of Citizen Watch Company, Ltd. of Japan, Bulova is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Bulova was founded in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, a 23-year old immigrant to the U.S. from Bohemia, today part of the Czech Republic. He ran the company until his death in 1935, a record of 60 years of leadership unequalled in the industry.
In that time, the Bulova Watch Company, as it was then known, amassed many “firsts.”
Here are some highlights: –
- 1919: Bulova introduced the first full line of men’s wristwatches.
- 1920: The Bulova Observatory was built on top of 580 Fifth Avenue in New York. It was constructed so that watchmakers in the company’s Setting and Timing unit could have precise recordings of sidereal time—proof of our longstanding devotion to accuracy. 1926: Bulova produced the nation’s first radio commercial.
- 1928: Bulova introduced the first clock radio.
- 1931: Bulova debuted the world’s first electric clocks.
Bulova continued making social and technical breakthroughs in the ensuing years:-
- 1940: Bulova produced the first TV commercial as part of an experimental broadcast of a baseball game.
- 1945: Bulova opened the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking to help disabled veterans learn a valuable skill. The school was equipped with state-of-the-art accessibility features, including extra wide elevators and automatic doors. Those who graduated were guaranteed jobs.
- 1960: Bulova introduced Accutron, the world’s first electronic watch. This revolutionary timekeeping invention, a watch without springs or escapement, was operated by an electronically activated tuning fork. Bulova’s Accutron technology was used by NASA during the space race in the 1960s.
- 1969: On July 20, at exactly 8:17 and 41 seconds, Bulova landed on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed an Accutron timing mechanism in the Sea of Tranquility to control data transmissions back to earth. In all, Bulova timing mechanisms were an integral part of forty-six NASA missions.
- 2008: Citizen Group acquires Bulova.
- 2010: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Accutron, a limited edition replica of the Accutron Spaceview 214 watch was released. Bulova unveiled a new watch technology that represents a breakthrough in accuracy, design and style at BaselWorld 2010. Bulova Precisionist is the world’s most accurate watch with a continuously sweeping second hand. Most quartz watches are accurate to 15 seconds a month, while Bulova Precisionist is accurate to 10 seconds a year.
- 2012: Bulova Corporation announced a revolutionary advance in timekeeping accuracy, introducing the Bulova Accutron Calibrator, featuring the world’s first and only External Fine Adjustment System (EFAS).
- 2015: Bulova Corporation celebrated its 140th anniversary. The year also marked the brand’s return to Manhattan with the move of corporate offices to the Empire State Building.
- 2016: Bulova Corporation presented the world’s first curved chronograph movement, the Bulova CURV.
Official website : https://www.bulova.com