Bulova 1974 Longchamp

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Model ID rating explained.
2.505
Manufacture Year: 
1974
Movement Model: 
10CK
Movement Jewels: 
17
Case Serial No.: 
3-858523
Case shape: 
Square
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

I bought this new in England from a retailer in Richmond, Surrey in June 1976, price £55.  (Case back cover stamped N4 = 1974).  Although now in need of some TLC, I am fond of this as it was the first 'quality' watch I bought. Currently the winder arbor is broken, but I have the winder.

Inside the case back cover, are the following stampings: letter G inside a diamond; 7629 inside a rectangle; SWISS.

I have never seen another of these and no trace on this website - any ideas on model please? (I have the original Bulova Guarantee Registration card but the retailer did not enter anything in the Model No. field).

Great site, by the way - thanks for all the hard work no doubt involved!

July 2015 update - final pic shows watch just back from restoration.

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JP
Posted May 20, 2015 - 6:40pm

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It appears that the name LONGCHAMP is on the dial, however, I am not aware of the longchamps having the name on the dial.

Unknown for now.

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William Smith
Posted May 20, 2015 - 9:40pm

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I remember something about a Longchamp which had Longchamp on the dial. I'll check the existing watch records in the database and recheck the ads

Geoff Baker
Posted May 21, 2015 - 8:03am

Club 5000Panel Member

Hi Davy, welcome to myBulova. I find it fascinating that you still have a watch you purchased almost 40 years ago. Congratulations for hanging on to this gem all these years.  Longchamp, as I recall was (is?) a fashion firm and made these watches in partnership with Bulova. We have several of these watches in our data base and ID them as a model "Longchamp"

Thanks for sharing yours with us. 

davy26
Posted May 21, 2015 - 10:30am

Gents: Many thanks for your consideration, advice, and, Geoff, kind comments.  Although the watch has no material value I am going to improve its condition and see if I can keep it running, (currently it runs, but just briefly). I especially like the harmonious contrast between the 'modern' (70s) case shape and the traditional dial with its elegant numerals.

I found something similar here www.bbwatches.info/bulovalongwhiteleather.php  ; I see there are quite a lot of other Bulovas descibed and pictured at this site.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 22, 2015 - 5:53am

Club 5000Panel Member

Davy, it is possible, depending on your attachment to this watch to have it fully restored. A watchmaker can clean and oil the movement (critical if you want to use it daily), polish the case and, if you really want to do it up have the dial refinished to it's original glory. For the sentimental value it might be worth the cost of the job.

davy26
Posted May 22, 2015 - 3:33pm

Thanks Geoff - it's going on my to-do list!

davy26
Posted July 11, 2015 - 9:11am

I have now sent this watch away for restoration - will show the results as soon as I get it back.

davy26
Posted July 25, 2015 - 7:06am

Having trouble posting pics post-restoration, but have added one to the original set.

Geoff Baker
Posted July 26, 2015 - 6:07am

Club 5000Panel Member

Looks great Davy, well done!

el tel
Posted July 26, 2015 - 12:59pm

I notice that the word LONGCHAMP is missing from the refinished dial , was that intentional ?