Bulova 1955 Sportstimer

7/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
2.01
Manufacture Year: 
1955
Movement Model: 
Unknown
Movement Jewels: 
15
Case Serial No.: 
590536
Case shape: 
Round
Case Manufacturer: 
Bulova
Gender: 
Mens
Additional Information: 

 

N.A.S.A.'s best kept secret - the Bulova stopwatch.

How N.A.S.A. utilized the Bulova stopwatch on an Apollo Moonshot. www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/section.asp

movement model unknown. - Valjoux (?)

Model name believed to be the 'SPORTSTIMER'.

* Year of manufacture is an estimate only.

vintage ad Dated 1961.

 

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shooter144
Posted May 30, 2011 - 12:28pm

Looks older to me...just by basic style ( function buttons and case look)

 

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 30, 2011 - 7:54pm

I agree, Date is a guess to enter into this system.

The 'Yale Swimming Association' was founded in 1952 - so this Watch could be as early as.

 After researching a little there are Two sweep Center Seconds Hands that move independantly, One mounted piggyback to the other, as shown below.

Anyone recognise the movement?

 

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timerestoration
Posted May 30, 2011 - 7:53pm

 Is it really NFS??

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 30, 2011 - 8:25pm

(NFS = Not For Sale?   no, I just aquired it and think it's a keeper).

I assume this was used to time Swimmers and being Bulova has used Valjoux movements in their Chrono's this movement was another valjoux, of sorts??

....an education would be appreciated.

 

 

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timerestoration
Posted May 30, 2011 - 8:44pm

 The maker's mark should be under the balance somewhere, or on the dial side of the movement.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted May 30, 2011 - 8:49pm

Yes, I'd heard under the balance - I'll look when it arrives.

Thanks.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted June 24, 2012 - 1:37pm

Image and footnote dated 1965 courtesy of Historic Images.

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William Smith
Posted June 24, 2012 - 2:23pm

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Great watch and great historic photo.  While the model name is unconfirmed, we can call it something that makes sense until more is revealed.  So now my dilemma....is that one check or two?  ...I'll poke around for a while before I vote.

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bobbee
Posted June 24, 2012 - 2:48pm

That movement looks like it is based on a Landeron, maybe a 153, or Lemania, possibly.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted October 4, 2012 - 10:44am