Swapping Movements

1955mercury's picture

 I just want to submit a suggestion to guys who swap out a movement in their Bulovas because it's cheaper than repairing the original. If it's the same model movement and jewel count, but a different year, swap out the barrel bridge on the two movements. Then your replacement movement will still have the date code as the original. It's just a 30 minute job and in my opinion it helps retain the originality of the watch and it sure won't hurt the value. What do you think?

bobbee's picture
Posted August 9, 2014 - 7:01am

Excellent idea, as long as it is not done to deceive.


Posted August 9, 2014 - 10:48am

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Would totally agree with this method. Having spare movements is spread a nice thing.

William Smith's picture
William Smith
Posted August 9, 2014 - 1:08pm

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I like this idea too.  If/when servicing, these bridges are removed anyway, so place the bridge w/ original date and info into the serviced replacement/spare movement.  Who cares and what difference does it make if the drive train from a 1927 17 jewel 10AN is from a 1929 10AN anyway.  This helps preserve the info of the watch as the owner originally received it.