Bulova 1975 Accuquartz "Centenary"

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Variant: 
Centenary
Manufacture Year: 
1975
Movement Model: 
2242
Movement Jewels: 
14
Case Serial No.: 
3-853139
Case shape: 
Other
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

Made to celebrate the 100 year anniversary

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Dune
Posted January 13, 2013 - 8:00pm

Hi, Please can you help me research my watch. My father gave it to me as he collected Bulova when he was younger. He told me it celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Bulova watch company and was only sold to accredited dealers (apparently they were sold only for one year but this maybe hearsay). I would love to find any background information as to; Type of movement Case type/style numbers produces serial numbers............
 
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William Smith
Posted January 13, 2013 - 8:08pm

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Hi Dune   Is there an alpha-numeric date code on the back of the case (e.g. N5=1975)?  I can't see it in your picture of case back.  The date codes are explained here:  http://www.mybulova.com/bulova-date-codes  Nice family heirloom.  To find out for sure which movement is in your watch, the case back would need to be removed.  Not hard to do, but not easy either.  A jeweler or watchmaker will have to open the back to replace the battery eventually, so when they do, maybe you can ask them to note everything written on the inside case back and movement....or better yet, you can take a couple pictures when they have it open?
 

lylel396
Posted January 13, 2013 - 8:57pm

  You have a rare watch there, it is an Anniversary model with the tuning fork shaped case. The movement is a 224 in which the tuning forks drive the hands but are regulated by a quartz.  They made Anniversary models with 214, 218 224 and 230 movements.  I have the 214 and the 230 but the 224 like yours is pretty scarce. They are very dependable and are as accurate as anything made today if properly regulated. You are a lucky person to have it. They were only made in 1975.

Dune
Posted January 14, 2013 - 2:07am

Thanks for the information. I'll go see my local Jewler and open it up. Do you know of any adverts or information regarding the watch its self as the only other picture I've seen is a Spanish advert. Do you know that it was true that they were only supplied to Bulova dealers?
Best

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William Smith
Posted January 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

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Dune...do you remember where you saw the Spanish advert, or have a picture of the advert?  That would be great.....or even if you remember what the advert called the watch...  That's a start.

lylel396
Posted January 14, 2013 - 3:05pm

  I'm about 90% sure that you will find a 2242 movement in your Accuquartz. I don't understand the question about them only being suppled to Bulova dealers. Couldn't that be said of all Bulovas ?  What else do you want to know about the watch ? There are people here who know a lot more about them than I do.

Dune
Posted January 14, 2013 - 4:08pm

Hi
On the back of the watch are the following numbers:
3-853139 which is kind of faint
On the watch face either side of the half past or 6 are the letters -T 6 S-
Do you know if the case is Gold or gold plate
This watch is turning out to be a real mystery!!!!!,
Regards

lylel396
Posted January 14, 2013 - 4:36pm

  That number is the serial number and it tells you that the watch was made in Switzerland and nothing else. I don't really know about the letters beside the 6 but I suspect that they have something to do with the illumination used on the hands. Ordinarily a solid gold case comes with a solid gold back so I'm confident that the case is plated.

Dune
Posted January 14, 2013 - 5:03pm

Thank Q

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William Smith
Posted January 14, 2013 - 5:27pm

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So for ID'ing...we currently don't' have any choices besides the generic model class "Accuquartz", which doesn't include day/date function, let alone much else unique model info?  ...and to throw this unique watch into the generic Accuquartz category is a bummer, but without an ad or something to show a model name/number.....that's our current choice.  At least the comments field notes it's possible "uniqueness".
I think this movement series came in at least three versions:

2240: no date
2241: date
2242: day/date