Bulova 1974 -Unknown

Submitted by Reverend Rob on August 21, 2020 - 10:24pm
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This one has seen better days, but I think it is an interesting dial. It is currently missing its movement/case ring, there was some awful piece of metal jammed in there that was an attempt to keep the movement from flopping around, and the rotor was damaged as a result. There was a product, which I think I still may have, that consisted of a type of self- hardening putty that you could use to make a custom made case ring. It was designed for watchmakers, I think Vigor? was the maker.  The movement otherwise runs and is in decent shape. 

Posted August 21, 2020 - 11:14pm

The before shot :-)

Those red 24 hour markers are new.

No luck with the line books. Need to check onsite adverts next.

Posted August 22, 2020 - 9:43am

Interesting that it has no case s/n. I would doubt that the 4 digit number on case back interior is it. Is there an import stamp on the movement? If not, it may be of European origin. Case back marking configuration doesn't seem to match US produced Bulova cases from this time period either. I find no ads for this one, it's possible it is a watch produced outside the US for a market elsewhere.

? I'm currently at a loss on this one.

1974 Unknown

Reverend Rob
Posted August 22, 2020 - 9:13pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

No import codes that I can see, so possibly not for US market. That 4 digit number is the case reference, we've used it elsewhere to identify case parts IIRC. 

Geoff Baker
Posted August 23, 2020 - 9:32pm

Poor little Bulova watch, what kind of story could you tell?

I'm not seeing anything to match this fellow Rob, I rather think the 24 dial numerals were added later but who knows?

1974 Bulova Unknown

Reverend Rob
Posted August 23, 2020 - 10:14pm

I thought about that a bit, and in the pics it does look like the numbers are a bit uneven. Here is a pic of the dial out of the case. The crystal is really banged up, and it has been polished, leaving the divots to distort the light through it. I have no idea why the image is rotated, I have tried this 5 times, rotating to compensate and it still does it. Anyway, the numbers look clear and correct here. 

1974Bulova24hr dial



Astronaut M2
Posted August 23, 2020 - 10:37pm

In reply to by Reverend Rob

I don't know, the 23 is right up against the "B" in Bulova and that doesn't seem like something they would do, BUT I don't know anything about this model of Bulova...

Just an observation...  

Astronaut M2
Posted August 26, 2020 - 2:40am

In reply to by JimDon5822

 The red 24 hour marks are evenly on your unknown example and none of the numbers are touching the Bulova logo...