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WTB: Bulova Astronaut

Sorry to make my first post a WTB post... Probably bad form, so I'll start by introducing my fledgling collection.

I started collecting Bulova watches because I inherited 3 watches. Its seems that my great-grandfathers all marked special occasions with Bulova watches. I currently have a 1941 Ranger, 1954 President, 1974 Accutron 2182 on the original bracelet, 1969 Sky Star C, and a 1969 Oceanographer (round case with hidden lugs). All have been recently serviced and are in great working condition. I regularly wear my vintage watches (I do also own some non-Bulova timepieces), and I also wanted to expand my Bulova collection for my two sons.

I have been intrigued by the history and remarkable nature of the Bulova Astronaut. As an engineer and having learned about its role in the space race and secret government aerospace programs, I would like to add one to the collection. It really has a compelling story having been worn by astronauts like Gordon Cooper and the pilots in the X-12 stealth program. 

My ask here is: Where do you all recommend tracking one down?

I have found a few on eBay, but I want to be careful and eBay is not always the most honest of places. 

Thanks in advance for the advice. I expect more post to come as a I just can't get over that smooth sweeping second hand of the Accutron watches. 


neetstuf-4-u's picture
Panel Member
Posted July 12, 2018 - 12:19pm

Welcome to Mybulova!

EBay is fine IF you do your research and think with your head and not your heart. Educate yourself here and on the internet at large on the red flags of altered examples that only look like "the real deal" to the novice eye.

Be wary of descriptions like "I think it just needs a battery", or "It hums but I didn't check it for accuracy." Potential red flags. Look for one listed as "I replaced the battery and have been monitoring it for 24 hrs and it is within x seconds over that time."

Ask the seller questions regarding condition if you have them.

Investigate the seller's feedback and current and past listings. If seller has other Accutrons with more precise descriptions of functionality and the one you are interested in is vague, it may be a underdescribed "lemon". Be wary of listings from countries with known "watch mills" that assemble watches from random parts. Your best tool to find a treasure is knowledge of the subject and a critical eye. If it looks too good to be true, it most likely is.

Please upload your collection, we are always anxious to see what treasures other collectors have; especially heirloom watches, which are the best! My collection started with a Bulova passed to me from my dad (1968 Oceanographer Snorkel).

Astronaut M2's picture
Astronaut M2
Posted July 13, 2018 - 2:09pm

Before you buy any Astronaut watch LEARN everything you can from as many sources as you can, One tip is always to make sure any watch you are thinking about buying has a 214HN movement as those were for the "Astronaut" model watches only...