Bulova 1969 Diamond Empress

5/10 votes
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Originally wind-up, replaced with battery power only.

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 20, 2011 - 4:03pm

The box says it's a Diamond Empress, but without the original movement I hesitate to give it a nice name. Is the crown original?

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Posted October 20, 2011 - 4:07pm

I know it's sad that the original movement is gone but the crown is original, with the "B" engraving.

Posted October 20, 2011 - 7:31pm

Club 5000Panel Member

Do you have a photo of the inside movement? Sourcing an original Bulova mechanical movement may not be that hard.

Krandall's picture
Posted October 21, 2011 - 10:02am

I'm just trying to get rid of it. But that would make it easier to sell.... Decisions....

Posted October 21, 2011 - 8:13pm

To a collector, the value is lost with the movement swap, so anyone that would buy this would look only at Gold melt value, and not consider the Diamonds.

I may have a 23J movement that will fit this watch, I will need the caseback measurments to be sure, in millimeters to be exact.


shooter144's picture
Posted October 21, 2011 - 8:19pm

worth checking into , its a nice watch, although as most of us know, the ladies models later than the '20's arent very sought after yet... make a good watch for the gf or wife for sure.

Posted October 21, 2011 - 8:24pm

Unless it is solid Gold and encrusted with real Diamonds with the original case,....that is a different story.

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William Smith
Posted April 10, 2012 - 7:56pm

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Too blurry to see case back.  ....or front for that matter.  Was the ID based on an ad or the box in which the movement-swapped watch may have originally sold?  How was 1969 date determined?  Seems unconfirmed w/o a little more info. 

Posted April 10, 2012 - 8:34pm

It should be in the Non-Conforming category, so really, no stars on this one...

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William Smith
Posted April 10, 2012 - 9:32pm

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On my Lone Eagle w/ a 10AN movement swap from ten years after case date, I had changed to Non-conforming.  Admin and Plains had thought it was ok as Lone Eagle, that I just mentioned the movement swap in the comments field.  I remember there were exceptions surrounding non-conforming, but with a battery mvent in subject watch above, this is not an exception.  However it was unclear in my LE example.  So I agree non-conforming in subject watch, but it currently has two stars, so do I give one star for unconfirmed, or wait for the possibility that someone will change the record to non-Conforming?  ...or am I again taking this (and myself) to serious.