What is a FrankenBully?

Submitted by mybulova_admin on February 8, 2012 - 5:07am

The term 'FrankenBully' originated within this sites forums some time ago and was the result members identifying watches that met one the following criteria:

  • Bulova case, non-Bulova movement
  • Bulova case, non-Bulova dial
  • Bulova dial, Bulova movement, non-Bulova case
  • Bulova dial, non-Bulova movement, non-Bulova case
  • Bulova case from one model, Bulova movement and/or dial from another model * 

* Certain exceptions may apply.


Submitted by plainsmen on December 12, 2011 - 12:53pm
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Several times a week we get inquiries as to how much someones vintage Bulova watch is worth.  Rather than explain this over and over, I thought maybe we'd have one post we could possibly make a sticky for anyone inquiring.

The worth of your vintage Bulova or Accutron watch is very subjective.  There are no hard and fast rules that this one is worth X amount.  They are worth what someone is willing to pay for that specific watch.

Who Manufactured the Manual Wind Japan Movements (1041.10)

Submitted by august1410 on November 23, 2020 - 1:57pm
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I have a 1976 Bulova Oceanographer with a Japan marked dial and movement. I was wondering if anyone knew who made the movement? Miyota, Citizen, Seiko? About when was the changeover from Swiss to Japanese in the Bulova branded watches.

I have a decent collection of Japanese made watches (mostly Seiko), so a Japanese movement in a Bulova isn't a deal breaker when I buy one. One of my newer Bulova watches is from the current Citizen ownership era.

Original radium dial markers or not?

Submitted by Michael78 on November 19, 2020 - 9:13am
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I have eelatively recently started to collect military watches (Bulova amongst them) and have read a lot on the forums about Radium and the health issues that come with it's deterioration in the form of radon gas emissions. Even a small collection in an enclose dspace can present with readings well above recommended safety limits.