Bolivia- A lesson learned

Submitted by V.Scott on August 11, 2020 - 8:53am

I recently bought a lot of three watches for $50. One was suggested to be a 60's or 70's Bulova art-deco. I didn't have my loupe with me, just a pair of reading glasses. Once home I began inspecting the watches. One is a men's 1982 day/date, stainless steel and gold plate, gold face, 7 jewel quartz movement. The next a 2010 Caravelle. I bought that one because I didn't have a Caravelle in my collection. The art-deco turned out to be a Bolivia. I have never heard of them. Decent enough watch, but not the Bulova I was expecting. 1 jewel Hong Kong movement, stainless steel, diamond encircled face. I don't think the dealer really noticed it wasn't a Bulova as I had also inquired about a Rolex that he said was fake. Ah well, fool me once. My SO likes it, so it's hers now. I suppose it is time to get my eyes checked.

60's to 70's Bolivia

Posted August 11, 2020 - 9:09am

It's basically a city "street vendor" watch, designed to fool people. Another more dishonest example is "ASEIKON". Vendor buys them in bulk for a couple bucks, opens it up, erases the first and last letters and it's a $25 "deal" Seiko (alas, with a one jewel movement).

Posted August 11, 2020 - 3:46pm

I made the mistake myself on an ebay auction which listed it as a Bulova.  It was a diver.  I caught it before it shipped and cancelled the sale.  

Posted August 11, 2020 - 4:45pm

I will know better in the future. I have bought several genuine Bulovas from this guy. I'll mention it to him the next time I see him. Heck, he threw in my 1935 Trident on a purchase of a newer ladies watch for a total of $15. I do need a few links  for the newer watch. I have contacted Bulova, but they are moving, so it might be a bit before they get it all together. It is a 2005 A5 C899133 Stainless steel band. I can get pictures soon.