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.