Bulova 1970 Chronograph

Submitted by Geoff Baker on February 10, 2011 - 9:56pm
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1970 Bulova Chronograph "C". Virutally NOS (New Old Stock). Original bracelet, period display box. Bezel is 43.5mm not including crown. Signed Bulova crown measures 4.75mm height X 5.95 diameter. Watch is commonly referred to as "Stars and Stripes" Bulova.

Added 2/10/11

Photos Updated 07/01/2020

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Wayne Hanley
Posted February 10, 2011 - 11:17pm

Nice watch Geoff

Do you need a license to drive it?


Posted February 11, 2011 - 1:29am

Geoff, are you sure it's not for sale :-)

I been think'in of refinancing the mortgage on the house lately.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 11, 2011 - 6:39am

Thank you gentlemen - like you I collect the 'old ones', but I also collect NOS Bulovas (up to about 1980) and this is my pride and joy. And no Wayne, you don't, but it does seem like you should doesn't it?


Posted February 13, 2011 - 8:53am

Wow Geoff.... this is a fantastic watch!  I see there's one for sale for $1200 on that one site.  Apparently I need to save up quite a few dimes and nickels.

Posted March 27, 2011 - 7:27am

Geoff, do you have the instruction manual or it is pretty easy to work out....

Geoff Baker
Posted March 27, 2011 - 2:12pm

You're asking hopefully because you now own one?

No manual, mine works like this: 1 - top chrono button starts (first push) stops (second push) this will continue as often as the button is depressed - starting and stopping, it will start from where it is stopped and not reset until =  2 bottom button is only active when the chrono is stopped ( second, fourth etc push) and resets the pointers to zero. Left register is seconds and always turns, right register is chrono minutes, bottom register is chrono hours. Bulova noted in the ad that is accurate to a 1/5 of a second. The chapter markings - the dial is SO BIG that the seconds are divided into 1/5's. The numbers around the outside of the chapter are mph/kph. Start the chrono at the beginning of the measured kilometer or mile and stop at the end - the sweep pointer will be pointing to your kph or mph.

 - gb

Well - it just occured to me - I DO have a instruction booklet, with my Deep Sea model, I'll scan it and post it, as it does cover both.

Posted March 27, 2011 - 10:04am

So then its a tachymeter not a chronometer then ( as most multi function analog watches are called by the most complex function they can perform ) even tho Bulova calls it a chrono....another oddity from Bulova naming division lol

That is one cool watch, I saw one a few weeks ago at a jewelers, NOS  $2300

Geoff Baker
Posted March 27, 2011 - 2:09pm

Shooter - As I understand the terminology, a chronometer is a high precision time keeper and I believe an actual certification in Switzerland,  a chronograph is a combination of a watch and a stop watch.

This is a chronograph and I believe correctly named. The outside set of numbers is a tachymeter (tachometer) function of this chronograph.

Ok, just for you, I'll accept the $2300. In fact, I'll deliver it for that price!!


Posted March 27, 2011 - 3:04pm

In reply to by Geoff Baker

LoL sry too rich for me !!! I get ur description, makes sense. It is a very cool watch, I love the FUNCTIONING multi dials, a LOT of craftsmenship goes into makeing those tick...

Ive used the Tachymeter function extensively while navigating in Iraq (pre gps boys) and it is a very accurate method (time and distance) of land and air navigation if used correctly. Most people have no idea how usefull a good multi function watch can really be !!!! I wish I had kept the issue watches I have had...most were abused pretty bad but all would have been worth fixin up.

Posted April 16, 2011 - 5:07am

Geoff, can you post the size of the crown head please, height and diameter.