A collaboration of two iconic American brands
The crackle of transatlantic broadcasts joins the two sides of the world.
The lyrical poetry of Bob Dylan and the raw rasp of Janis Joplin fills the airwaves.
A British invasion is on the horizon, bringing with it the moves of Mick and the mop tops of the Beatles.
The eight-track tape clicks and squeaks, while the world’s first computer whirs.
John F. Kennedy calls for our nation to literally reach for the stars, promising to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth.
Listen closely and you can also hear the faint, hypnotic, hum of the Bulova Accutron. This is the sound of near silence.
This is the soundtrack of the 1960’s.
Accutron and Esterbrook.The DNA is the same. Two founders from across the Atlantic, settled in the North East. Guided by ingenuity and the spirit of innovation, they both pursued excellence. Their brands represented what was beloved about the past and the great possibilities of the future.
One manufactured watches, the other pens.
They both made history.
The Accutron, Bulova’s revolutionary timepiece, made its debut in 1960.
It was launched during the Space Race, revered for its inventiveness, the heart of which was the tuning fork, powered by a one-transistor electronic oscillator circuit, making it one of the first electronic watches manufactured. In 1961, President Kennedy, with a stroke of his Esterbrook, wrote the historic speech then presented before a joint session of Congress that set the United States on a course to the moon.
Both companies are set to memorialize this time in their history.
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the two occasions, Accutron returns with one of their most iconic design and celebrates and Esterbrook .
Using elements of the Accutron, the Esterbrook [insert name of pen here] represents what is most distinct about the watch. It speaks to the past, present and future of watchmaking and pen making, alike. It evokes the harmony of the Accutron, paying homage to the original, while introducing the new. It harkens to what made Richard Esterbrook’s pens revolutionary in their time and what made Joseph Bulova’s Accutron highly collectible upon its debut.
JFK sketch created by Andrew Lensky
These two companies are now joined together more than a century after their founding, to commemorate the two men who originated them and brought to the world modern instruments of the analog, paving the way for the digital.
Image by The Gentleman Stationer