Bulova 1971 Oceanographer

Submitted by muttiboy on March 3, 2011 - 12:29am
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Posted March 3, 2011 - 12:31am

Trying to figure out the year this bulova was made.  Keeps excellent time, but, cannot change the date anymore.

Posted March 3, 2011 - 12:57am

What does it say on the back?  Should be a two letter number combo... like  N7 or something like that.

Posted March 3, 2011 - 1:32am

In reply to by muttiboy

There you go man.... you answered your own question!

Posted March 3, 2011 - 5:29am

Most likely the 17J 11ANACD inside.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 3, 2011 - 9:54pm

 muttiboy - Regarding the date set. Bulova used a couple different methods (including the totally wierd Accuton method) of day date setting.  That I can think of

1. Half stop pull out  - toward you for date away for day ( or is it the other way.....)

2. Quick Set - Full out stem setting advancing time sets DAY - pushing the stem full in and then a quick click full out advances the DATE. Seems like on some of these you can wind forward to 3 AM and back to 8 PM to skip the full 24 hour advance - for setting the DAY - still have to click in and out to sert date. My guess is this is what you have.

3. Date only - Back and forth between 3 AM and 8 PM to advance date

4. Date only - Wind time forward untill you have a blister (this could be just the Caravelle models)

5. Take it to your watchmaker and pay him to do it.

6. There must be another, I just can't think of it -  I am not going to explain the THREE ways I can think of to change day / date on an Accutron.

BTW  - you already figured out the 1971 part and 5th gave good advice on the mvmt. The Oceanographer was one of the premier Bulovas of this period - these were considered the higher quality Bulovas of the day and quite popular. I'm big into this Bulova era, you have a very cool watch!!




Posted March 7, 2011 - 1:01pm

thanks. It needs at visit to a watchmaker. I can adjust the time/date. it just doesn't change the date on its own.  I have to change the date forward each day. but, once done remains relatively accurate throughout the day, again until 11:30 pm where the minute and date functions stop. the second hands keeps moving.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 12, 2020 - 9:26pm

Updated record, match here