Accutron makes 1965 doctors’ watch for modern day healthcare heroes


Accutron’s resurrection is continuing under Citizen Watch Company, with the addition of Legacy 505 to its collection of reissues from the archive.

Legacy 505 dates back to the mid-sixties when the watch first appeared in its unusual shaped case that looks like a three-sided cushion but is described by Accutron as an Alpha design.

2021 editions somehow combine both a retro and futuristic vibe. Futuristic, because the originals were created at the height of the space race when everything needed to look like it had a slight sci-fi edge. Retro, because that styling is so strongly associated with the era.


Accutron’s 505 watches were popular with medical professionals back in the sixties, not just because of their reliability and accuracy, but also because the dial has cross hairs dividing it into quarters, and this is handy if you want to check a pulse quickly by counting the beats for 15 seconds and multiplying by four.

Citizen Watch America president Jeffrey Cohen suggests the 505 is a watch that will appeal just as much to today’s healthcare heroes.

“Marking the significant growth of the medical field and commending the hundreds of thousands of people on the front lines during the recent pandemic, the Legacy 505 timepieces are another reminder of those who have dedicated their lives to helping others,” he says.

There are two 33mm models for 2021 in plain steel or with a gold-color treatment.

Both styles are powered by Accutron’s Swiss-made 26-jewel movement and are limited to 600 pieces each.

They retail for $1,390 in steel and $1,450 with the gold look.

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