bulova duowind/selfwinding tanq(don'twantcartierafterme) just how great it actually is

hello members. i just recieved in the mail my duowind bulova tanq watch..i was thinking about wonderful it actually is and somewhat before its time...the style of a rectangle watch with an automatic movement is kind of interesting..i can't think of to many vintage watches(might be wrong but i don't remember seeing to many) that aren't round..even today you don't see to many that aren't round unless they are of a higher end brand..anyway i was alittle disappointed in the condition of the watch(which wasn't in the pics when i bought it) i was going to send it back but it came with what i think is a selfwind 60s president..plus i got a deal on it so..the wear isn't though the case but i would like to get it fixed..my watchmaker knows someone that can fix watch cases..or maybe i can fill it in with gold plate..i never had any case repair done before..here are some pictures of the watch the dial and movement are in great shape..personally i think this watch deserves to be repaired, it is kinda rare..

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William Smith
Posted February 23, 2012 - 12:41am

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Nice watch.  I had a duowind and it was cool. 

Posted February 23, 2012 - 12:51am

thanks will.. if anyone has any ideas on case repair let me know..

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Reverend Rob
Posted February 23, 2012 - 8:16am

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What is the movt?


Posted February 23, 2012 - 8:29am

its the 9ab selfwind\/manualwind movement..it i guess what we talked about is that it has the later dial on this watch..instead of saying duowind,it has selfwinding...

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 9:42am


What Year is the Watch, 1956?

Possibly the 'DARWIND'

Posted February 23, 2012 - 9:58am

or maybe since it does say L1 on the case that either the dial is newer. i made mistake the movement is a 9as swiss and with L1 on the movement as well...the man wwho sold it claims he know nothing about watches and found it in is father's trunk of old stuff..that may account why the dial is in better shape than the rest of the watch..sorry about the mix up.i only looked at the movement once very quickly..it does really look like the 9ab.. BTW does anyone agree with the fact that there aren't many automatic watches in a rectangular shape for the era or am i wrong?

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Reverend Rob
Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:36pm

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My impression is that the fifties saw a shift to round watches overall, and Bulova seems to have continued making square/rectangular watches longer than other companies, or maybe they just had more sq/rec models in the first place. As far as there being fewer autos that were tanks, I would say that probably is true, I'm not up on the Cartier tank history, but I do know there are auto versions.