Roy S. 'Swede' Boreens' Bulova Watch.

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Bulova in History once again.

Below is an interesting and informative read involving the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, a survivor of that attack and His (American Eagle) Bulova Watch.


Posted January 8, 2012 - 11:21am

Another interesting observation, yesterday the military channel was showing "Tora, Tora, Tora" which was done originally as a documentary/movie and there is a scene right when the attacks began and one of the actors glanced at his watch. It looked familiar, so I hit rewind and when I got to the same scene and stopped on the flash of the watch it clearly showed "Caravelle, water proof" on the dial !!! What are the ODDs???

Was I in some "alternate universe" or could this have been a set /wardrobe screw-up?

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Posted January 8, 2012 - 11:30am

Props screw up, '62 was the first Year of the Caravelle.

(alternate Universe if watching Tora, Tora, Tora on VHS)

: )

Posted January 8, 2012 - 11:37am

Hey, I still have a VHS, watch it buddy :-(

Actually I was watching it on the military channel on FIOS.

It was like watching some of the old westerns filmed in black and white and seeing a jet flying over in the background!

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Posted January 8, 2012 - 12:09pm

A great find, thanks for sharing it. 

Posted January 8, 2012 - 12:47pm

Panel Member

Very Interesting read Fifth, Real men did wear Bulova's with those "Girly" bands. Thx for sharing

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Posted January 8, 2012 - 2:02pm

ha ha, wish I could find one Shawn.

Posted January 8, 2012 - 2:14pm

Find what? The watch or "Girly" band? Personally, I like the "Original" bands and really don't see anything "Girly" about them, Remember this was a different time and were designed for what was HOT at the time.

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Posted January 9, 2012 - 9:58am


The Bracelet for the Watch ( I own an 'A' missing the bracelet), and Yes times were different and styles change. Personally I wouldn't wear a Watch on a 1930's-40's style bracelet (or flex band) today ....but that's My choice.

Posted January 9, 2012 - 8:20am

i don't think the bands are girl either...some people do..they are just different then todays bands...and the bands complete the art deco look of any period watch they are on...also it was and interesting read...the fact the people were able to wear their own watches isn't widely know...familys sent watches and items of all kinds to family in the war..

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Posted January 9, 2012 - 9:55am


Not all Military personnel received an 'issue' Watch and a Watch was important. Many enlisted Men and Women provided and wore their own.

Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:06am

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Oh, c'mon folks, don't take the comment so serious like. I prefer to have original bands on the watches in my collection as well as any of you. Finding them in good enough condition to be usable is the real challenge.

Posted January 9, 2012 - 10:37am

try your local jewerly store. the one hear in town has a big bucket of old bands where mostly inherated watches have been brought in, cleaned and a new not so girly band put on. the guys hear let me look thru them for 5.00 bucks each. found an old bulova rose gold i had been looking for quite a while just before xmas. it surly doesnt hurt to ask.