Bulova 1965 Engineer

4/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3
Manufacture Year: 
1965
Movement Model: 
11AL
Movement Jewels: 
17
Movement Serial No.: 
none that I can see
Case Serial No.: 
I187322
Case shape: 
Square
Crystal Details: 
22.5 by 22.5mm
Additional Information: 

Unknown (at least to me) model from 1965. Orig. and crown and I believe the original half-n-half band and presentation box. Lovely textured dial. Came out of an estate, so I'm fairly certain this has been unmolested and is not a fraken-bully. One watchmaker's repair mark on the inside back. Any help would be appreciated.

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Bulova 1965 unknown model
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bobbee
Posted June 2, 2012 - 10:19am

Stunning watch! Engineer "I" image 25, page 11 

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DarHin
Posted June 2, 2012 - 10:19am

At first glance it looks like some sort of Senator to me. Is the "2506" stamped inside the case back the case model #? I'll check my crystal catalogs when I get a chance.

brtime
Posted June 2, 2012 - 2:30pm

I would assume 2506 is the case model number, as the case serial number is of course stamped on the outside of the case. Case material, by the way, is 10kt rolled gold plate and is telling of how Bulova (and most others) were moving away from the more expensive gold filled and going with rolled gold plate (still vastly superior in durability than electroplating, though).

 

The only crystal catalogs and cabinets I have are the GS crystals, and I believe the correct crystal for this is the CMC401, which is 22.6 by 22.6mm. But all the little envelope containing the  crystal says on it is "Bulova 1266E." That particular case model number appears to be associated with the "Engineer G" and the "Engineer H" on this page of this site. So while this watch may not be either of these, at least it shares the same size/shape crystal as a couple of the Engineer models!

 

Let us know if your crystal catalogs turn up anything!

 

Bruce

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bobbee
Posted June 2, 2012 - 10:22am

O.K. maybe not the "I" Engineer, but very, very similar!

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bobbee
Posted June 2, 2012 - 10:26am

Watch no. 5, image 35 page 11. very, very, very similar!

Jim Townsend
Posted June 2, 2012 - 3:04pm

 Engineer   i belive. Beauty nice clean checker board dial very sweet!.

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DarHin
Posted June 2, 2012 - 3:06pm

Bruce,

You beat me to it. I agree that the GS CMC401 appears to be the correct crystal. Of the 3 CMC crystals apprx 22.5x22.5 it is the only one that has the right shape. The 1266E is the original Bulova crystal part #. Unfortunately I only have GS catalogs after 1960 ish so I can't cross reference to find corroborating evidence with other crystal makers.

Darren

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted June 2, 2012 - 9:24pm

Looks great, haven't seen any Frankies lately, unfortunately.

This Case has been ID'd as several different Models over the past, I don't think We ever did quite nail it down?

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bobbee
Posted November 9, 2012 - 5:32pm

October 1966 ad.

Subject has original band too! MINT. Good work on the crystal specs, got it down to 2, one of which was right!

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William Smith
Posted November 9, 2012 - 7:36pm

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Good one.   I'd go for the variant "G" based on this. ...but we can start w/ engineer!  Nice to see a band match the ad..or it certainly looks like it does!