Telemetre Watch

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Got this a few months ago and forgot about it. No date anywhere. Movement is an ETA 2824-2, with 25 jewels. Case measures 36mm. W/O crown, 45mm. lug to lug, 18mm. lug gape. Hands and numbers are gilt. From top to bottom on the dial are the words "Telemetre, BULOVA, Automatic, Swiss Made". Case shows areas of bad corrosive gilt loss on the back, but only slight rubbing on the lugs. Since cleaning crud off of the hairspring it keeps excellent time. 

Now for the $64,000 question, boys and girls. Is it, or Isn't it?

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William Smith
Posted June 13, 2012 - 4:26pm

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So the case back is clear....interesting.  The movement is unknow to me.  Leaning towards "isn't it".  Almost falling in that direction actually.

NOVA
Posted June 13, 2012 - 4:31pm

Not a Bulova signed movement?

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bobbee
Posted June 13, 2012 - 4:43pm

No sigs, no dates. The dial looks like plastic to me, possible "hommage", or Hong Kong Bully. Although the caseback is a good fit, it could be a replacement.

NOVA
Posted June 13, 2012 - 5:02pm

I would run it by Bulova corporate to see if they have any info on it.  Can't hurt to try.

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DarHin
Posted June 13, 2012 - 5:12pm

Agree, contact Bulova. Dr. Ranftts site has the ETA 2824-2 introduced in 1982 & no Bulova movements associated with it.

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&a&2uswk&ETA_2824_2

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DarHin
Posted June 13, 2012 - 5:16pm

You may want to pull the dial and see how it is attached. If it's made for the movement or whether it is just stuck on.

*EDIT* Sorry, forgot about the date window so it is probably for that movement.

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bobbee
Posted June 13, 2012 - 5:21pm

TOO #@*&%ING LATE!!! IT BROKE IT!!!

 

 

not really  : )

bourg01
Posted June 15, 2012 - 7:25am

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The caseback is typical of a salesman's display model. The see through back was used to show the movement without having to remove the back. Nice Watch!

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bobbee
Posted June 15, 2012 - 11:13am

Checked the dial. Copper base, very shiny paint job, that's why I thought it was plastic.

bourg01
Posted June 15, 2012 - 11:18am

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It looks like it's ceramic, like the old pocket watches.

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bobbee
Posted June 15, 2012 - 1:14pm

Possibly, Shawn. Certainly is a hard surface, and if it is, why do that to a modern watch, with an unsigned movement? I think the dial and movement belong together, but is possibly a re-case.

bourg01
Posted June 15, 2012 - 2:10pm

Panel Member

Well, I'm only guessing but ceramic would certainly be more durable if it were a salesman's demo piece.

If it was re-cased it's still a fine looking watch.