Case Parts Catalogue

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Is there an electronic version of this manual anywhere? I have seen a few for sale at a pretty high price. I know soneone here will have the info I am looking for, but I would like to use it for reference before I buy a watch to see if I can find spare parts or not.

 

Thanks,

Kirby

plainsmen
Posted March 4, 2015 - 10:21am

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Hey Kirby,

Go up to the top under INFORMATION and then down to BULOVA CATALOGS.

There's some interchangble parts catalogs there.

JP
Posted March 4, 2015 - 8:17pm

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Hello Kirby,

Stephen has the catalog you are refering to and I currently have it in my possion and am trying to scan it so it can be put on the site. It is a very labor intensive project and will possibly be finished by June. When it is, I will send the CD and catalog back to Stephen and he can put it on the site for all to use.

JP

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William Smith
Posted March 4, 2015 - 10:40pm

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is the specific name and date of the catalog?

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kirbystrunk
Posted March 5, 2015 - 8:11am

Thanks JP,

I appreciate all the hard work you are putting in, that will be a great addition to the catalog section!

 

William, the catalog that I have seen is "Accutron, Bulova, Caravelle – Case Parts Catalogue (1973) there was a Supplement 1 released in 1979, that I also have seen.

Kirby

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William Smith
Posted March 5, 2015 - 12:51pm

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Thanks Kirby  I'll check around my hard drive, just in case....  
I'm thinking that these catalogs are public domain.  Translation, once someone digitizes one, its not against the "rules" to make that digital copy available to whom ever wants it.  

EDIT:  I've seen the publication since comments above. I'm betting this is copyright info/pub, and can't be reproduced or distributed in reproduction.  I thought it was something else when commenting above.

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1955mercury
Posted March 5, 2015 - 11:07am

I saw one for sale on ebay and one on amazon. The cover price is $8.95 but both sellers are asking over $150 each for them. I'm curious, once you have the catalog with what I'm guessing will be part numbers, where do you buy the parts?

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kirbystrunk
Posted March 5, 2015 - 2:06pm

You can find parts online all the time plus I have seen Bulova parts cabinets in antique stores all the time. If you know your case number (inside the case back) then you can use this book to find the part number you need for a new crystal, bezel, crown, etc.

 

I find that part of the fun of this hobby is tracking down the parts that seem impossible to find.

mybulova_admin
Posted March 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

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The long term plan it to put the data online in the form of a searchable catalog. That way we can search for items by case number. As JP said it'll be a massive job but I'm hoping that once the scaning is finished I can OCR them into a table and then import them into the database so that they are searchable.

If only we had more watches......errr I mean time :-)

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kirbystrunk
Posted March 7, 2015 - 8:36am

A searchable database would be awsome. I think it is important to save as many of these wonderful timepieces as we can. They are a lasting part of history. I have only recently caught the vintage bug. It really takes you back to a different time. A time before battery powered watches and every jeweler had a watchmaker on staff. 

JP
Posted March 7, 2015 - 3:42pm

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Kirby, I have a pretty good inventory of vintage Bulova parts and crystals if you should need something.

JP