Oceanographer R Crystal Replacement Help

Submitted by ibertone86 on January 11, 2024 - 7:48am

New to watchmaking (8 mos) and this forum. Bulova has quickly become my favorite and I have acquired and successfully serviced a few Oceanographers, Sea Kings and a Convoy to date.  I need help...

My 1971 Oceanographer R cs# c3013 movement 11anacb has no crystal....

The crystal needed is 1404-1AY but can't find it anywhere...the front of the case inside dimension is 29.8mm and the bezel ring measures 29.9mm id.

Is there interchangeability with other Bulova armored crystals or a recommended size/source for replacement?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted January 11, 2024 - 7:33pm

I've had hit or miss success with other Bulova armored crystals of similar size and shape. You may find one that works. You could also search for the -1AW crystal, which is the same crystal with the chrome ring inside and just swap in your yellow.

I also did a reference check in my list of G-S crystals, as sometimes they list the Bulova number that is the same as one of their PA crystals, but no match.

Posted January 14, 2024 - 3:48pm

Just an FYI, I put in a NOS 1404-1AW and it was listed as 30.0 mm on the package.