Accutron Wristwatch, 1965
Artifact no. 2008.0107
Canada Science and Technology Museum


Publication/Creation Date
1965
Creators/Contributors
Bulova (creator)
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
This Accutron watch is a fine example of the importance of reliability-engineering in wearable tech design. Employed for the timing of arrivals and departures by train conductors and technicians, this watch used a 360 hertz tuning fork to power the mechanical gears that turned the watch’s hands. This approach ensured the Accutron would not be affected by excessive jerking movements that one might experience on a moving train, making it the first wristwatch deemed reliable enough to qualify for US railroad certification.

Made in Biel, Switzerland.
HCI Platform
Wearables
Discursive Type
Inventions
Location on Body
Wrist
Technology Keywords
Watches
Marketing Keywords
Bulova
Source
https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=2008.0107.001

Related Collections
The Wearable Past (2018)
Date archived
March 30 2018
Last edited
June 14 2018
How to cite this entry
Bulova. (1965). "Accutron Wristwatch, 1965
Artifact no. 2008.0107
Canada Science and Technology Museum". Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/2895