Accutron’s Legacy: How Today’s Designs Hold a Piece of the Past

On October 25, 1960, Bulova released the first and most advanced electronic watch in the world. The Accutron wrist watch was the first of its kind, and it has continued to influence our culture for over 60 years. Since its original release, over 200 models of Accutron have been released. The timepiece has continued to evolve, paying homage to its original design while inspiring several other products and designs along the way.

Accutron technology was adopted by the US Air Force, the CIA, and NASA. In fact, moon missions would not be possible without the accuracy of Accutron technology. In addition, the transparency and inner workings design that was first introduced by Bulova can be seen in everything, from architecture to clothing. The “inside out” design that was used by designers Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers has translated into some of the most popular products on the market today.

The creator of the Nike Air Max 1, Tinker Hatfield, designed some of the company’s most iconic styles. The visible air bubble feature was directly inspired by the “inside out” concept that was presented through Accutron technology. Now considered one of the greatest sneakers in history, the Nike Air Max is just one example of how age-old technology is constantly evolving and making an impact on today’s designs.

A Gift That Inspired History