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Upside down 2 for 7

Recently I've seen several Bulova's from the 30's / 40's where the dial's number 7 is actually an upside down number 2.  Is this legit?  Did Bulova actually do this or was it a creative way to restore the dial?


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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 19, 2018 - 1:37pm

Yes, I have seen this on many watches, not just Bulovas. 

neetstuf-4-u's picture
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Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:16pm

Hi Larry, If this is what you are talking about; yes it's legit and from the factory.


Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:18pm

Yes that's a great example... Good to know - I've been hesitant when i see the upside down 2 that it was a bad job of dial restoration.

Thanks again!!


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Posted January 19, 2018 - 5:33pm

No, they are good. Here is one in my personal collection. 1951 Academy Award that is on my wrist as I type. It is an instance of "fancying up" the number font for effect. It's all about the details. That was a good question to ask.

rbaines's picture
Posted January 27, 2018 - 5:54pm

If you take another look at the "2", the top is longer and strighter than the bottom of the "7" within this number style.

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted January 27, 2018 - 9:19pm

They are usually different, but with many of these 1930 style watches the 7 did look like an upside down 2...similar, but not neccessarily the same.