Bulova 1970 Goddess of Time

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5 BD
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About 14 x 11 mm
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This is a lovely lady's watch which my wife (also a lovely lady) found at Goodwill.  To visual inspection, it's in good condition both outside and inside, but it's not running.  I intend to repair it.  The date stamp is N0, suggesting manufacture year 1970.  The movement is marked 17 jewels, 5 BD.  On Dr. Ranfft's archive of movements, that model is listed as 21 jewels, not 17.  I don't find this one in the advertisements of 1970-1973.  What do you think, gents?

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Geoff Baker
Posted November 2, 2012 - 5:55am

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I think Ranfft could have got it wrong and I think your wife should wear it after you repair it!

I think it is a lovely little Bulova but, alas.......... I don't think know what her name is (the watch, not your wife).

DarHin's picture
Posted November 2, 2012 - 3:15pm

Dr. Ranfft most likely has only come across the 21j version thus far. Like Geoff I don't know the name of your watch nor your wife.

echevlen's picture
Posted November 2, 2012 - 3:36pm

I was thinking that we could name the watch after my wife, but her date stamp says N6, so the watch came first!  (My mother-in-law says that my wife was not named after a watch.)  On this image, note the highlights of red on the hands and hour hatch marks.  What attention to detail!


bobbee's picture
Posted November 2, 2012 - 4:08pm

Wow Eric, those little touches really lift an already gorgeous watch! Wonder if they are real ruby chips? Bulova are known to use the real thing, so it wouldn't surprise me if they were.

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William Smith
Posted November 2, 2012 - 6:30pm

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This watch reminds me of ladies watches in the Dior collection.  Mostly from late 1960's through early/mid 1970's.  No ad, just the style and date...

echevlen's picture
Posted November 2, 2012 - 7:35pm

Here's another clue I found.  I notice that the case is continuous with the bracelet.  Inside the bracelet I find the words "Swiss Made Pat 470857" and next to that what appears to be a trademark of the letters ERG inside a horizontally configured parallelogram (diamond shape).  The letter R is larger than the other letters.


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William Smith
Posted November 2, 2012 - 8:13pm

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echevlen  It looks like your images are not loading or displaying properly.  At least on my browser.  In both of your last two comments above I'm seeing half of a photo, and each of the three look identical.  It may be a function of you hosting the images off site (on your server) versus uploading to MyBulova.  Based on Bobbee's comment, it may be other folks are seeing them but just not me. 
The good part about loading images to on mybulova site verses self-hosting. ... if the server on which they are hosted goes down/away (or someone changes servers) the images don't disappear if uploaded to MB.   I'll try viewing on my Ipad (Safari) and see if the proplem is on my end.  Thansk

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 2, 2012 - 8:42pm

possibly from the 'DIOR COLLECTION' Will, but I've yet to see one without Dior printed on the Dial? 1969 - '73ish.

ad Dated 1969



ad Dated 1973


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William Smith
Posted November 3, 2012 - 12:31am

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Unknown from me.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 3, 2012 - 6:08am