Bulova 1971 Oceanographer "D"

3/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
D
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
11BLACD
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
J02349
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

This watch was willed to me after my Grandfather, the greatest man ever to live, passed.

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Geoff Baker
Posted March 4, 2014 - 6:43am

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Hi jake - welcome to myBulova. What a fine looking watch your grandfather left to you. This model, known as the "Oceanographer" ( I bet you figured THAT out) was very popular. When I started collecting Bulovas, it was one of the first models I sought out, I wore it for years. If you plan to wear it, please have it serviced regularly, it should last for many more years if you do. Congratulations on having this wonderful keepsake from your grandfather.

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thejake27
Posted March 4, 2014 - 1:30pm

It turns out that I may have to have this watch serviced.  Any idea where and how much should it cost.  When I removed the back I found a barrel or screw floating inside the movement.  The watch runs, but I am obviously concerned about it's longevity.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I have pictures, but am not sure how to post them.

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 4, 2014 - 9:02am

'OCEANOGRAPHER' "D"

Bulova Dealer inventory sheet Dated 1972 http://www.mybulova.com/vintage-bulova-watch-ads?title=197

JP
Posted March 4, 2014 - 10:36am

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Jake, We must be brothers. I have always said gramps was the greatest man on earth. :>)

Very nice watch with wonderful history.

Oceanographer "D"

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 4, 2014 - 10:41am

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Oceanographer 'D', nice example. 

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thejake27
Posted March 4, 2014 - 1:57pm

I have updated 'my watches' to include a photo under loupe of the 'floating problem' that I discovered.  Anyone that could help me?

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted March 4, 2014 - 3:50pm

Yip, that looks like the hairspring stud.

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Whatever it is it doesn't belong there.

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Reverend Rob
Posted March 4, 2014 - 4:04pm

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That screw is conspicuously missing from the hairspring stud, as Mark has already noted. Fish it out, but don't use anything magnetic, of course, and you will need a very tiny screwdriver to put it back in. Best bet would be just have your watchmaker put it back when the overhaul is being done, it is  impossible to do with the movt still in case.