Upside down 2 for 7

Recently I've seen several Bulova's from the 30's / 40's where the dial's number 7 is actually an upside down number 2.  Is this legit?  Did Bulova actually do this or was it a creative way to restore the dial?


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Reverend Rob
Posted January 19, 2018 - 1:37pm

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Yes, I have seen this on many watches, not just Bulovas. 

neetstuf-4-u's picture
Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:16pm

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Hi Larry, If this is what you are talking about; yes it's legit and from the factory.


Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:18pm

Yes that's a great example... Good to know - I've been hesitant when i see the upside down 2 that it was a bad job of dial restoration.

Thanks again!!


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Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:33pm

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No, they are good. Here is one in my personal collection. 1951 Academy Award that is on my wrist as I type. It is an instance of "fancying up" the number font for effect. It's all about the details. That was a good question to ask.

rbaines's picture
Posted January 27, 2018 - 5:54pm

If you take another look at the "2", the top is longer and strighter than the bottom of the "7" within this number style.

Posted January 27, 2018 - 9:19pm

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They are usually different, but with many of these 1930 style watches the 7 did look like an upside down 2...similar, but not neccessarily the same.