Bulova 1971 Senator "F"

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Variant: 
F
Manufacture Year: 
1971
Movement Model: 
11AOACB
Movement Jewels: 
23
Case Serial No.: 
1003804
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

1971 Senator "F"

 

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neetstuf-4-u
Posted December 7, 2017 - 8:05pm

Nice looking watch. It certainly appears to be a Senator "F", and looks to be on the original band to boot. What other markings are on the back besides the date code "N1" and "Bulova"? It's difficult to see in your photo, what is the date code on the movement? Does the clasp have "Bulova" embossed on it?

kybosshog
Posted December 7, 2017 - 9:38pm

Hard to get it bright enough with out lens flares everywhere.  Other back side markings are serial number, under that is "10KT G F BEZEL RING", under that "STAINLESS STEEL CASE". The Movement has a N2 on the top right of the rotor. Yes the clasp has an embossed "Bulova".  I got this watch it didn't run. When back was removed, you could see a pinch in the gasket and green on the rotor etching. After blowing it out and light cleaning (q-tip alcoholed the green off) it started back up. Sometime after Christmas I'll take it somewhere and get it cleaned.  Looks worn but not to bad, best part is I found it in a basket of watches at a pedders mall for $15. Worst part, I have an 8in wrist and on it's biggest setting fits, but looks small for me.  Looks better than the photos and will clean up nice. The pic I found on e-bay, google, etc most hand worn down bezel ridges , these look crisp. The hands are just dirty and dust under the glass.  The glass had light scratches, still has a few but are  hard see after paper towel, toothpaste and a netflix moive.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted December 8, 2017 - 7:30am

Thanks for the additional info. The rotor is marked "N2", so the watch is technically a

1972 Senator "F"

This is the first example of this watch in the database, and it's on the original band as shown in ads of the day. Very cool. Congrats!

Excellent find at an exceptional price! Looks to be in nice shape. Try haunting eBay, there are several vendors who sell "watch clasp extenders" in multiple widths and finishes. They are a little pricey, but considering the watch was almost free, it would be worth it to allow you to make the band longer and keep the originality of the watch. just make sure you measure accurately before you buy. I have them on a couple of my 70's watches. They fit inside the fold-over top of the clasp attached to one end of the bracelet, giving more clasp adjustment holes. If you can find one the right size, it would be mostly hidden under the clasp if the fit is that close on your wrist.

mybulova_admin
Posted December 7, 2017 - 8:36pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Even the band looks to be original.

I agree with a 1971 Bulova Senator "F".

jabs
Posted December 8, 2017 - 5:13am

Panel Member

+1

Andersok
Posted December 8, 2017 - 7:18am

Panel Member

+1

Geoff Baker
Posted December 9, 2017 - 7:25am

Club 5000Panel Member

Agree - Senator F - nice one