This past week, Bulova revealed a new model in the Accutron II lineup that will be presented at BaselWorld this month. Dubbed the “Lobster” after a 1970’s model of the same style, the new watch shown features an oval case in stainless steel with a blue dial and an internal rotating bezel. The bezel is controlled by the upper crown while the lower crown is for setting the time. This particular model comes with a mesh bracelet and there is also a version in a black PVD plated finish. Prices have not been confirmed but are expected to be in the range of the current Accutron II models ($450-$650 USD)
One new feature noted on the reimagined Lobster is the “262 kHz” printed on the lower half of the dial. This is indicative of the vibrational frequency of the special Bulova quartz crystal used in the Accutron II line. Unlike other quartz crystals, which usually are a two-pronged arrangement much like a tuning fork, the Accutron II crystal is a three-prong crystal. The torsional resonator movement uses the stepping motor of the watch to produce 16 beats per second, which translates into the gliding, smooth rotation of the second hand, much like the original Accutron watches.
Updates will posted as they come available.