A relatively early quartz watch from Accurist, the UK’s number one selling watch brand.  Model reference 118.


Information on Accurist watches of this period is patchy – if you are lucky you might find an advert, but we have not been lucky in this instance.  However the same movement was used in the Glycine Airman Quartz, which was launched in 1979, so we have estimated this watch was made around the same time.


Stylistically, there is a lot going on here.  Having a barrel shaped crystal and dial does make this a different looking piece, but the dial is nicely balanced, helped by having the calendar window at 6.  The way that the word QUARTZ is emblazoned across the dial may at first seem strange, but quartz was the technology everyone wanted in the 1970’s and it was still quite new.  It’s nice to see the case on this watch is all stainless steel, with a screw down back, where we might have suspected a cheaper chrome case instead.  There are marks on the case, with the worst being at 4.30 as shown in the video.  The movement is the ESA (latterly ETA) 980.111, and what we wouldn’t want to see is this good Accurist broken up for the movement to fix a more expensive brand, as that doesn’t seem fair on the watch.  We will install a brand new battery before sending the watch out to the new owner.  The original, signed bracelet is quite long has been cleaned in our ultrasonic bath.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

Please see the HD video for more detail.  All photos and videos are part of the description and are of the actual watch unless mentioned.  We do not photoshop any pictures, and the images are copyright of birthyearwatches.com and should not be used without permission.


Width with crown  38.0 mm

Width without crown  35.2 mm

Lug to lug length  38.5 mm

Case Thickness  11.0 mm

Bracelet will fit a maximum wrist size of 201 mm.  The bracelet can be sized for you if you give us your wrist size when placing the order.

All sizes are approximate.  The watch is photographed on a wrist of 190mm/7.5 inches.

Included with this watch is a 1 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon.  By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.