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Bulova 1972 -Unknown

Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1972

Movement Model: 

12EBACD

Movement Jewels: 

30

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

416670

Case shape: 

Cushion

Case Manufacturer: 

Other

Crystal Details: 

30.05MM

Gender: 

Mens
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1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
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gmmy775
Posted April 23, 2019 - 4:40pm

I know this is an oddball for Bulova.  Basically this is a Hamilton/Buren micro-rotor.  Hamilton cal. 92 and Buren 1282.  various versions of this movement also show up in a surprising number of other respected watches.  I have a half-dozen of these movements, mostly 17j

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gmmy775
Posted April 23, 2019 - 4:41pm

Not absolutely sure that the case and dial are correct.  The movement is 1968

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted April 30, 2019 - 8:27am

Sorry, after searching I come up with nothing to this point.

Unknown.

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted April 30, 2019 - 11:03am

Bulova has used the Micro Rotor movt in other watches, most notably the Ambassador series. 

The movt was used as the base for the worlds first automatic Chronograph, with a Chrono module by Dubois-Depraz. It was a joint effort between Hamilton/Buren, Breitling and Heuer. 

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gmmy775
Posted April 30, 2019 - 11:54am

Hi Reverened Bob

As you have noted, I have found this watch in a number of Ambassadors on eBay.  I went there looking to see if I could find this case anywhere, and pretty much struck out on anything with a similar works/case configuration.  It was sold to me as an Ambassador, but from what I have seen they all are signed Ambassador on the dial.  The movement is M8 and the case back is N2, so I think I was hoodwinked again.  Gonna keep it though, as I am fond of the micro-rotors, and will take some time and find out what is the right case for this dial/movement eventually.  If you are aware of what movement belongs in this case I would appreciate it.

I was aware of the chrono module on the periphery of my knowledge.  You have resparked my interest in it.  I have also seen this movement in a Universal Geneve Polerouter.  Besides the chrono, they probably do the best decoration to the works. After I finally obtain a proper Ambassador, I will likely be on the hunt for the Polerouter.

Thanx for your depth of knowledge, it helps to be steered in the right direction

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gmmy775
Posted April 30, 2019 - 12:07pm

I found this Dubois-Depraz moduled Buren 11 in a Philip Watch Cormoran.  Only 17 jewels, which surprises me since most watchophiles claim the Buren runs best with the big jewel on both ends of the self-winding mechanism

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gmmy775
Posted April 30, 2019 - 12:09pm

Not sure where the micro-rotor is though

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted May 5, 2019 - 7:19am

It's odd that we have at least 15 pages of Bulova catalog pages for 1972 and this watch isn't shown. Perhaps it's not a USA model?

1972 Bulova Unknown

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gmmy775
Posted May 5, 2019 - 8:54am

Hi Geoff,

I am wondering if perhaps the front of the case is from some other brand, and just happened that the dial and caseback fit?  Seems pretty far afield, but I do have an Omega that I lost the case back on and found an Elgin back that fit like a glove until I can track down the correcrt replacement back.

Whatever the answer is, this has become a riddle watch for me and I am looking to find the 67-69 case that matches this dial and movement and restore it.

 

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted May 6, 2019 - 11:18am

Unknown for now.