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Bulova 1979 -Unknown

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35mm case

Back is embossed with Bulova text, tuning fork logo; "WATER RESISTANT" and "ST. STEEL CASE" etched in

Model number seems to be 4430132 - just slightly different from the Bulova "Royal Oak," and the intention seems similar...except this time, it's an homage to the Rolex 1530?


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1979 4430132 front
1979 4430132 back
1979 4430132 side
1979 4430132 dial detail
1979 4430132 inside
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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 3, 2018 - 9:12am

Maybe it's a Royal Oyster.........

I wonder if these came out around the same time, maybe they got some flak about the Royal Oak one and decided to make it less obvious. If they did get some legal warnings, maybe this was just the last of the cases and bracelets being used....

It very much resembles a Rolex OysterQuartz, there were two main models, one with fluted bezel and one with smooth. The fluted bezel one had a VERY Royal Oak type bracelet, and the smooth bezel had a bracelet like we see here. (ref 17000?) If you google it, you can even see the Rolex next to the AP, and it's a wonder there weren't lawsuits of some kind.

I suspect this might be a variant of whatever it was they actually called the Oak one.

Can you make out what the ink stamp says?

AardvarkAdventure's picture
Posted July 29, 2018 - 11:04am

Unfortunately the stamp is faded to the point of illegibility....I see a "J" and not much else. Do those stamps appear inside other Bulova models of the era? If so, what's the significance?

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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 30, 2018 - 7:16pm

Might be anything from country of manufacture to casemaker. 

Geoff Baker
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Posted August 2, 2018 - 7:39am

Hello AardvarkAdventure, welcome to myBulova. I like your Bulova a lot. It's coming right at the end of the era we specialize in and we have very few reference adverts for these years. The bezel looks like the Oceanographer of the early seventies but the case is distinctively different. It's a nice looking watch but I can't find a name either.

1979 Bulova Unknown.

AardvarkAdventure's picture
Posted August 3, 2018 - 3:25am

Thanks everybody!

I just had to replace the crystal which means I lost that cool greenish edge. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but for posterity's sake, does anybody know where the hell to find one?

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Posted August 5, 2018 - 11:53am

Could this be a lower price offering from the Super Seville Calendar Line?

I'm at unknown as well, but thought I would throw that out there.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 3, 2018 - 9:13am

Unknown for now.

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Posted August 5, 2018 - 11:49am

1979 Bulova Unknown