Thermatron has little likelihood of coming back as it was originally intended, as a watch powered by changes in temperature. Some of the product’s most pressing technical challenges were never really overcome. I do, however, think the design of the cases and bracelets could easily be revisited by Bulova for today’s nostalgia and design-hungry watch enthusiasts. The life of the Thermatron began in the 1970s, as Bulova tried to imagine what its next big hit would be. In the early 1960s, Bulova had great commercial success with the Accutron collection of turning fork-based electronic watches for about a decade until quartz movement technology emerged in the late 1960s. By the mid 1970s, Bulova, with its then-Asian ownership, was looking for ways it could best compete with the flood of quartz-based watch movements coming to market, as well as the very strong rivals in Japan who were responsible for many of them… More here.
I didn’t even know this watch existed. Fascinating.