Bulova began the 17 year manufacture of the tuning fork Accutron with its round 214 movement in 1960, which departed from typical wristwatch design in that there was no setting stem and crown on the side of the watch. Instead, the stem and crown were placed on the back of the case. While used mainly in men’s wristwatches, they also manufactured a number of different desk clocks using the 214 movement. In 1965 they introduced the 218 movement, with a setting stem and crown at the 4 o’clock position, rather than the more traditional wristwatch placement at 3 o’clock. Later iterations of the 218 movement placed the stem and crown at 3 o’clock, as did the 219, 221, 224 and 230.
In 1972 came the 219, and in 1973 the “Accuquartz” 224. All of these are “full sized” movements, ranging from 28.7 to 29.7 mm in diameter, and were used in men’s watches. The timekeeping in the 224 was actually regulated by a quartz crystal, but it still incorporated a tuning fork as the source of motive power for the gear train. For women’s watches, they introduced the smaller, round, 19.4 mm 230 movement (there was also a 23.5 mm version) in 1970, and the basically rectangular 19.4 by 17.4 mm 2210 in 1973. Both the 221 and the 230 were also used in some men’s watches.
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