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, also 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 also a 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 finish, and an
eye-catching, asymmetrically positioned crown at the 4:30 position. Overall, the case features an attractive unique
look, with also 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 also 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.
By Victoria E.I