Hello all, I am a new member to the mybulova group, but have been an avid lover of Bulova watches since I was (much) younger. I've collected a few Accutrons over the past 6 years and recently began "reacquainting" myself with them in hopes of resurrecting them. Recently, I acquired an Astronaut Type "O" with the day/night bezel and enhanced silver dial. Sadly, the watch came without a watch band. I would like to find one that is correct for the watch, so I have a question for the knowledgeable folks on this forum.
From what I have researched, the Astronauts were sold with either the JB Champion 'Bullet' or the Kreisler 'Coffin' style bands, though I don't know which band came on which types. I realize there may have been variations to this, thus the reason for my question. Given my Astronaut is a 1968 model, did Bulova offer that watch with either band or did that year/model come exclusively with one or the other?
I reviewed the ads on this site and found appropriate ads for the Type 'O' which showed it dressed in a Champion 'Bullet' band, but I'm not sure if it could have come with the Kreisler. I have a friend who has an original Kreisler 'Coffin' style he is willing to part with for a good price. But, I would just like to confirm if either band was used on the Type 'O' back in the day.
Any guidance, advice or help given is greatly appreciated! I hope to post my watches to the site over the next few weeks. Thanks!