Bulova scarcity question

Hello everyone!

Just want to say, what a great website this is! 

I have lots of different bulovas (mens and womens) mostly from 1955 and before from what I have researched.


My question is this, I cannot restore all of them so I am going to do several of them and wonder, what movements/models would be very scarce (mens)?  Any advice would be appreciated. 

BTW this is for non accutrons but other bulovas

Thanks in advance for any advice

Posted May 7, 2013 - 9:36am

Conquerer, any watch in the Lone Eagle series,an Solid Gold or Silver Bulova watch.

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Posted May 7, 2013 - 10:48am

I've been restoring vintage Bulovas for many Years, off the bat in My personal experience the most elusive Movement to Date has been the 17 Jewel 8AN found in the mid-late 1920's 'BUCKINGHAM'.

ad is Dated Feb 1928: http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/1928-AD2-%28Feb-...

and  the 23 Jewel 10 BNCHR found in the early 1960's 'TRANSPORTATION SPECIAL'

if anyone viewing  has any bits for the aforementioned Movements please feel free contact Me.


There are also several 'yet to be seen' early Models.




Posted May 7, 2013 - 4:35pm

That is interesting about the Buckingham movement.

The 1928 Dictator also uses the 8AN movement.

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Reverend Rob
Posted May 7, 2013 - 10:42am

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Or a Corrigan

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Posted May 7, 2013 - 2:06pm

Any of the Beau Brummel models, they are quite scarce, or the Corrigan, as Rob says, but in complete condition with the proper lugs.
The sixth President from 1960, any of the mechanical chronographs.

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Posted May 7, 2013 - 4:22pm

Club 5000

Let's not forget the Direct Reads, Drivers Watch, 1930's Auto Wind, 3 Crowned Military with rotating inner bezel and the 1 Button Chronos.



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Posted May 9, 2013 - 5:04am

          Oooh, look!



Posted May 7, 2013 - 6:54pm

And don't forget the Bulova 23 Calander which seems to be rather scarce.

Posted May 8, 2013 - 1:43am

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So basically, every Bulova is rare :-)
The early pocket watches would have to be the hardest to find...complete and working that is.

Geoff Baker
Posted May 8, 2013 - 6:56am

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Journeys... welcome to myBulova, it's evident that each of us has favorites. Might I suggest lining them all up, staring at them for 15-20 minutes and let your heart do the choosing? In terms of outright scarcity or rarity I would say that these were mass produced watches and many examples of many models are in our data base. They may not all be scarce but many of them are very desireable and collectable. 

Take some photos, add them to our data base, we'd love to see them and maybe help you choose. Restore YOUR favorites, wear them proudly.

Posted May 8, 2013 - 5:32pm

Thank you all very much for your expertise.  I am going to be adding photos to the model number page as there are many without photos and I have the movements or the watches, so that will be good.

Yes, I frequently look at them, make a pile of those to keep and restore, then feel bad for the others and they all go back into the "save and restore" pile.  Oh well.


thank you all again!

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Posted May 11, 2013 - 1:19pm

Bulova jump hour and Bulova president with wandering seconds is two off my favourites.