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Bulova 1973 Diadem "H"

9/10 votes
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13 mm white sapphire faceted face (supposedly) with 2 side diamonds at 5 mm each.



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I just purchased this from the jewelers as an estate piece.  It was in the store for quite some time and all that time I had admired it.  I really like it so it really doesn't matter if it is made out of mud.  But, I would like to know what model it is.  There is nothing that the jeweler knows.  I purchased it for 1/2 what he wanted for it, so of course I think I have a bargain.  I just hope that I do.  What do you think I have?


newtuen of wventa. 

Hi All, thanks for trying to figure out what this piece is.  It is baffling me.  However, today after doing strenuous exercise, I had found that the back and the casing had fallen out of the watch itself.  After frantic searching, I found it.  I was able to take a picture of the inside workings, and maybe this can shed more light on the subject.  Thanks again for all your help.  


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UNKNOWN second time around... I have back movement this time.
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takka2's picture
Posted May 26, 2013 - 1:41am

Help me realize if I got a deal or not.  What is the model?  I can't find it anywhere!!!

You would think if you typed in all the info somewhere, you would see something, but nothing.  I hope that you all can help.


Geoff Baker
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Posted May 26, 2013 - 5:49am

Takka2 - It appears that we do not have an ad that matches your beautiful watch. It's similar to a model called "Golden Centennial", the difference being the two diamonds, the GC is not shown with them. Until we find something that matches, I would have to call this one "Unknown".

We do not have the wherewithal to do price valuations but If you think you got a deal then I declare that you did. I often say that an object such as a vintage watch is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. 

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted May 26, 2013 - 6:19am

How are We determining the Jewel count and a 1973 date of manufacture?


ad Dated 1968


Posted May 26, 2013 - 10:20am

I agree with Fifth, the subject watch sure looks like the Diadem right down to the faceted crystal.

A photo of the movement & case back will help verify the year...its possible Bulova called it something else in 1973 if that is what the year is.

Posted May 26, 2013 - 11:07am

Tenative Diadem subject to jewel count and date of mfg.

Panel Member
Posted May 26, 2013 - 12:43pm

I think Mark's nailed it as the "Diadem" regardless of the details as it's dead on with the ad. If it was a successful model they would have produced it over a few years as they did with the American Girl line.

takka2's picture
Posted May 27, 2013 - 1:57am

Thanks all with your help. I do not have the capability to take off the back personally to determine movement. So I Will take your word for it as you are experts!  If I ever get the  back off, I will take pics. Thanks for the ad bit looks just like the watch except for the black band. 

  Thanks again ,   T2
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Posted May 27, 2013 - 8:35pm

Hi Again,

If the watch is yellow gold it would not be strange to have the gold cord band. The watch in the ad is white gold and a black cord was commomly used with the white. Thx for posting such a beauty.

Posted May 27, 2013 - 8:45pm

It is a Diadem case no doubt but we still don't know about the movement. It is quite possible it is ok but we haven't named a watch based on the case only that I am aware of. My vote stands as stated.

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Posted May 27, 2013 - 10:59pm

Strange turn of events . I was conducting strenuous excercize and realized that about 1/2 hour into it that the back and casing fell out of my watch face and diamonds!!  

I did find them after  lengthy search, but I was able to take pictures of the back and the inside of the caseing and movement so I have updated it.  Please check again ... Maybe this can help you.