Bulova 1979 -Unknown

Submitted by josé serra on
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Mineral. 38,5 mm x 30,9 mm.
Watch Description


  • Material (Material): Stainless Steel.
  • 41,7 mm (sem coroa) x 32,0 mm.
  • Medida com coroa (Width with crown): 43,0 mm.
  • Asa a asa (Lug to lug): 38,7 mm.
  • Espessura (Thickness): 11,8 mm.
  • Tampa (Back): Bulova Water Resistant. 443 01 09. 6-198468.

MOSTRADOR (DIAL): 2 cores (2 tones). Com 6 diamantes (with 6 diamonds).

MOVIMENTO (MOVEMENT): Automatic. Bulova. N9. 113310. 17 jewels. Unadjusted. Swiss. CD2879. 6/87.

FUNÇÕES (FUNCTIONS): Calendário com dias da semana e dia do mês. (Double calendar).

BRACELETE (BAND): Stainless Steel. Bulova. 19 mm.



posted in 2014-06-08

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Posted June 8, 2014 - 11:19am

Lovely condition, but an unknown.

Posted June 8, 2014 - 2:16pm

I have seen this watch in one of the ads but don't remember which one. Very nice and unusual.

William Smith
Posted June 8, 2014 - 7:41pm

Beauty, and I love that outside case back symbol!  

Do you think this one had a "model name" or a "model number"  or both?  :)

Unknown for now.   

Geoff Baker
Posted June 9, 2014 - 6:26am

Alas - how soon we forget


I fear this is one of 'those' watches, I think these are knock-off or imitation watches. There are still dozens and dozens being sold on ebay.....

Non-Conforming, sorry Jose.

William Smith
Posted June 9, 2014 - 2:55pm

I remember  now, after reading Geoff's link above.  

Here's a older snippet OldTicker placed in that thread:

We used to call them Frankenbullys, but it was thought by some as too demeaning to the watch owner, so "Non-Conforming" was born as not to hurt anyone's feelings...


Non-Conforming from me now too.   

Posted June 13, 2014 - 2:14am


What is stamped number on the back inside case and also the black stamp? One of these should correspond with an official Bulova case part number. Alas that to is maybe fake. I'm on the fence with this only because I haven't seen or touch one so really can't make an educated comment. Only that when we do see them they are always very crisp and clean. NOS quality which in itself is very suspicious.

Posted June 13, 2014 - 9:21am

I found this interesting....


From the last page of a 1979 ABC Case Parts Catalog (Supplement #1)

William Smith
Posted June 13, 2014 - 4:00pm

In reply to by timerestoration

Are there column headings for each column?  

Or are these parts listed in alpha-numeric order reading down each column?  

Also, are these case reference numbers for watches distributed overseas spicific to Bulova?  

Great info, as it is one more tool to help "guess" if there are minor case differences which corrispond to different Bulova model names.

Do you know if this catalog is available on site as PDF under the "Information" tab?

Please and Thanks

Posted June 13, 2014 - 4:37pm

In reply to by William Smith


The above scan is of the entire page...no headings, just case numbers listed in numeric order.

I do not think this catalog is on site.

There seem to be an awful lot of Bulova Cases that were distributed overseas...using case numbers that are a bit different from ones used in standard Bulova cases. 

The catalog also footnotes certain Bulova Watches that were "not sold in U.S.A."

Geoff Baker
Posted June 14, 2014 - 5:40am

In reply to by timerestoration

Jeff - this is very interesting. I've always suspected there were 'over seas only' Bulovas, maybe even different models to the Pacific Rim than Europe. My next question will be "When did THAT begin?" Relative to this particular watch, I have one (there seems to be an almost endless supply from the environs around Hong Kong) and really do think it's a knock off. I think there was an original at some point but I suspect most of these NOS watches are not authentic Bulovas.