Daniele Canale

Bulova

Bulova, with its craftsmanship and advanced technology, can be considered an important piece of history.

Joseph Bulova was born in Bohemia in 1851 and arrives in New York in 1870. In 1875 he opens under his own name a jewelry in Manhattan in Maiden Lane, an area where were focused the jewelers of New York.

Thanks to his commitment and to his skills, the profits grew quickly and Joseph, noting the growing demand for watches, decides to expand his business with the production of watches.

In 1912 he opens in "Bienne", in Switzerland, a factory for the complete production of parts of watches, organizing the production in a brilliant and revolutionary way and creating an assembly line.

All the models of watches for houses, table clocks, as well as pocket and watches, brought on the dial the inscription “Bulova”.

In 1919 Bulova produced his first full collection of wristwatches for men and jewel watches for women whose launch was supported by an extensive advertising campaign in the USA.

In 1920 Bulova realizes in downtown Manhattan, on the top of a skyscraper, the “Bulova Observatory" that allows you to make time measurements reported on a master clock that then set up the same hour in all the clocks of the building.

In 1926 Bulova introduces for the first time the first clock-radio that can turn on the radio and later report the time with an advertisement: “At the tone, it’s eight o’ clock. BULOVA Watch time”.

In 1931 Bulova invents the first electric clocks that are installed in all the railway stations in the US.

In the thirties and forties Bulova signs rectangular wristwatches and convex cases in order to fit better the wrist.

In 1941, always with advertising purposes, he makes the first TV advertising for his watches, inserting in sporting events a picture of a Bulova watch with the caption "America runs on Bulova time".

After World War II in the "Bulova watchmaking school" located in Woodside in Queens, he offers free to veterans a rehabilitation associated with a specific training to work.

In 1950 Bulova opened the way to the electronic watches with the futuristic "Accutron", ruled by a fork with vibration at 360 Hz. that allowed Bulova to guarantee wristwatches with a maximum variation of a minute a month.

Before technology "Accutron" was commercialized, NASA used it in the space project of "Satellite Vanguard 1".

The "BULOVA Accutron" model with the "squelette" aspect that allows the view of the tuning fork, electronic circuits and mechanical parts, becomes a "Status Symbol" and is launched with the slogan "The clock of the Space Age".

In 1967, the Bulova brand became synonymous of technological vanguard and precision and is adopted from '"Air Force One" of the US President; then, for its high precision, it was adopted by all the US railwaymen.

Always in 1967 Bulova acquires a Swiss factory named "Universal Genève" that was ceded again in 1977 as a result of difficult financial situations faced by manufacturing.

Since 1984, the Bulova has only operated as a commercial enterprise.

In 2000 the Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, in the 125th anniversary of the birth of BULOVA manufacturing, officially declares Friday, April 10 the "Bulova Day".

In 2010 Bulova creates a limited edition of 1,000 pieces of Bulova Accutron that are today impossible to find on the market.

The latest electronic model is the Bulova "Precisionist", the most precise quartz watch in the world made with quartz with three arms able to swing in a torsional way and to reduce the phase shifts of frequency.

Today, Bulova is a "Corporate" divided into two brands: the "Bulova Accutron" with Swiss technology and exclusively mechanical and the "electronic BULOVA".

Watch List

Accutron Tuning Fork

One of the most iconic and sought after models of Bulova.