Bulova 1960 Transportation Special

7/10 votes
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Waterproof Case measures 42mm lug to lug x 34.5mm non inclusive of the Crown using Calipers.

Oversized Crown.

An anti-magnetic shield appears between the Caseback and Movement.

Stainless Steel Caseback screws on and is stamped as shown.


rare bird.

Military style Star Case.

23 Jewel Chronometer.

Hackset for synchronization.


Sets and ticks, will not wind - visible damage to the ratchet wheel.

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William Smith
Posted May 18, 2012 - 12:59pm

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What does the R at the end of 10BNCHR stand for?  Dr Rantfff only lists the following:

Bulova had a pretty straight designation system:
a number representing the rounded down width in lignes,
first letter: distinguishes between calibres of same size used in parallel,
second letter: generation of a particular calibre,
further letters:
A: automatic
B: day/date
C: sweep second
D: date only
L: no second (often used for blind men watches)

Posted May 18, 2012 - 5:12pm

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and the H?

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 5:23pm

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 11:10pm

Hack would get My vote.

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William Smith
Posted May 19, 2012 - 12:33am

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I've seen H assigned as the letter designation for Hack.  I was kinda hoping the R may be for railroad approved or some such pipe dream....

Posted May 10, 2017 - 2:27pm

Current theory is that the "R" was indeed intended to represent Rail/Railroad. There are a fair number of pointers to this being its designated nomenclature. Its lack of becoming official as such, however, is the basis of a few different theories, all with varying degrees of support.