Bulova's apparent first attempt at marrying a wrist watch with something else; as well as a first attempt at a battery operated travel alarm radio. The only mention of this curiosity I find on mybulova is an apparent mention in the 1962 Annual Report (that I was unable to open).
It would appear there were 2 versions; this one MK II ( Clam Shell Travel Alarm) and MK I - a hand held pocket radio that also had an alarm feature. They are both briefly discussed on transistor radio collector sites. This one, the MK II is quite small and just a little bigger than a same time period Bulova clam shell watch box. The watch is a stem set and wind 7 Jewel mechanical movement that has an alarm feature. Alarm is either the battery operated radio or a buzzer. Radio is AM only. I don't have a battery yet (4.2V) to test the alarm functions or radio. Watch is running and keeping time. Serial number 09683 is inside the battery compartment on a paper tag.
This one is labeled on the box as being "842 Black" signifying black leatherette case. One ad below calls out different colors. Included paperwork refers to these as "840 Series" (MK I being 830 series), and this suggests the last number signifies color, ie. 2 is black. The only examples of this item I find in a box are black.
In the original box with all paperwork, tags and original bagged earphone.
First 2 ads below were sent to me by JimDon after I reached out to him for help during hours of trying to figure this one out. Thanks Jim! The third found by me from the internet and dated Dec. 1962. Bulova seemed to refer to it first as a "watch radio". An interesting note: in 1962 this beauty cost the equivalent of $600 today, a pretty pricey gadget with a one year warranty.
1962 Bulova Alert MK II. 842
"All transistor watch radio"