Bulova 1965 Commander "F"

4/10 votes
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D97658 M5
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CAIXA: circular com diâmetro = 33mm. 10 kt RGP.

MOVIMENTO: Bulova 10COAC. 30 jewels.

Selfwinding. Shock resistant. Waterproof. Anti-magnetic.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted March 6, 2011 - 6:03pm


That a beautiful 30 jewel specimen!


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josé serra
Posted March 6, 2011 - 6:15pm

Obrigado Wayne! Podes dizer-me que modelo é este?


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William Smith
Posted October 6, 2012 - 1:05am

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Hard to give less than three ticks for this, but I'm thinking the model name is from the dial - quite generic.  I bet this beauty had a "real name".

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 6, 2012 - 4:40am

it would be difficult to justify going against what the box says in this instance as there was the 'BULOVA 30' of the early 1960's http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1960_1... but 'COMMANDER' would be a possibility  http://www.mybulova.com/sites/default/files/vintage_ads/Bulova_AD_1965_1...

The Case design may come into play on these.


Geoff Baker
Posted October 6, 2012 - 6:01am

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I am wearing this exact same watch as I type, It came to me in what I believe it is orginal box and with its original band. I have not added it to the db yet but will soon.....

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 6, 2012 - 6:50am

very nice.


Does Your example show the same caseback as the subject or is it held by a retaining ring?

Geoff Baker
Posted October 7, 2012 - 5:45am

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Same caseback Mark, it's a front loader. I really think we need to call this watch a Commander, although we have nothing other than a couple boxes here, and they don't match.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 7, 2012 - 7:35am

Geoff, I agree.

* the 1965 ad fine print states 'raised numerals' 'luminous textured Dials' and 'florentine finish Cases', which the subject and Mr Bakers' example show.

Model indicated by arrow.



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William Smith
Posted October 7, 2012 - 4:39pm

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For the Commander graphic at yellow arrow above, the lugs in the ad seem to be angled out vs going out perpendicular as in the graphic below the yellow arrow? The text description sure fits.

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Posted September 6, 2014 - 5:42pm

Commander "F". 1967 ad snippet.