Introducing the Accutron Legacy 412, a Precursor to a Cult Classic


Accutron re-launched with a bang as an independent brand in 2020, unveiling numerous futuristic designs alongside a swath of historically-inclined, neo-vintage styles. Since its high-profile rebirth, the brand has focused foremost on the latter of these two pillars, eschewing more luxurious aesthetics, seen in collections like its captivatingly modern Spaceview, in favor of the more retro looks embodied by its Legacy collection. The 1960-inspired Legacy 521, released at the start of this year, is one recent example, and Accutron continues on this path with the unveiling of its latest historically focused timepiece, the Legacy 412.

The new watch’s significance stems from the facts that the original 412, at its launch in 1969, provided the template for the case design of the first Accutron Spaceview. The original 1969 design, according to the brand, derived from an “Ivy League style” of dress watches and was dubbed “preppy fashion.” The neo-vintage re-creation of this cult-classic timepiece bears the same elements and offers a dressier, mid-century style as compared to other modern Accutron models.

The watch’s modest, 34-mm case is in gold-toned steel, with sharp, geometric lugs, produced in a “bull horn” style, connecting it to a black, croco-embossed leather strap. The rounded case has a mostly polished polished finish, and an eye-catching, asymmetrically positioned crown at the 4:30 position. Overall, the case features an attractive, unique look, with a retro sizing that would make it nearly indistinguishable from the vintage original model.

Under the domed sapphire crystal is the watch’s crème-tinted, silver dial, in a style that instantly recalls mid-century dress watches. With a simple outer minute ring in black, the aesthetic is clean and straightforward, with just a hint of flair in its applied, gold-toned markers at each hour position. Two lume-filled, dauphine-like hands determine the hours and minutes, while a simple stick pointer counts the seconds, all three sweeping above a subtle, applied Accutron logo near 12 o’clock. Powering these hands is the Sellita SW200, a Swiss-made automatic caliber hosting 26 jewels and storing a 38-hour power reserve.

Available now directly tjrough Accutron, the Legacy 412 will be limited to 600 numbered pieces, and priced at a very reasonable $1,450.

To learn more, visit Accutron, here.

5 Responses to “Introducing the Accutron Legacy 412, a Precursor to a Cult Classic”

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  1. Randy Rogers

    I had the exact same Case in the 24076 GF Spaceview, given me by my father. What concerns me with Bulova and Accutron, is the return to a Branded Collection that was so important, and whether Tuning Fork or the new iteration as Electrostatic, why take the Collection down the road to where it is a Mechanical-Automatic, something it never was, this after Citizen has re-introduced 4-5 times over the past 20 years, only to get bored and move on? The Cosmetic, the partially exposed Movement, Limited, all nice “talking points” but for a different Collection.

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  2. Virgil Howarth

    This is NOT an Accutron in the true sense of the word. No tuning fork movement.

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  3. Virgil Howarth

    This is NOT an Accutron in the true sense of the word. No turning fork movement.

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