Bulova 1968 AeroJet

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1968
Movement Model: 
11BLAC
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
J455272
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Strange thing about this watch is it has a 68 movement? I have seen the prior year, but never the future year installed - Does this mean someone has replaced the movement?

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jabs
Posted March 15, 2017 - 5:12am

Panel Member

1967 AeroJet, like another one in database

Rev. Agree with Geoff -1968

Geoff Baker
Posted March 15, 2017 - 5:02am

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I don't think it at all odd that the movement post dates the case by a year. Considering that the difference between the two could be but one day it's reasonable to find a movement a year newer than a case, in fact I'm surprised that we don't see it more often.

I agree that the watch is an AeroJet but suggest dating it to 1968, based on the movement.

Andersok
Posted March 15, 2017 - 6:09am

Panel Member

I agree with Aerojet

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 15, 2017 - 11:31am

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Stylistically it is a '67, but in this case there is little if any differences in the case styles between the two years. On certain Bulova models, one year makes a huge difference. 

Depending on how Bulova was stamping the movts, they may have been assembling them simultaneously with the case pressings, again, depending on the source for the case. I've often wondered if, like automobiles, they manufacture prior to the actual model year but stamp/call them by the intended release/sale year. 

I'd be inclined to go with the case date as the identifier, if only to be sure that during a search for an ID, the appearance of the exterior is what is determining the model. There is also the possibility that there was all kinds of overlap during the assembly process, with end of the year stampings mingling with a new (next year) run, that sort of thing.