17 Jewels Written on the Dial
On prior ocassions when a watch has presented with "17 Jewels" on the dial, the watch has been dismissed as a Frankenbully. Here's one example of such a statement posted in a watch thread:
"I've also seen late 1950's early 1960's Water tite with 17 Jewels written on the Dial below the Bulova signature. IMO these Dials are / were non Bulova replacements."
Below are excerpts from a 1962 official Bulova advertisement. The ad is a large, double-sided, fold-out brochure, directed to retailers. It will require a large format scanner to capture the entire document. That will be done this week, and the full ad will be provided to Stephen. In the meantime, here are a couple of pertinent enlargements.
Note that each of the three watches bears "17 Jewels" on the dial.
Here's a close up of the first watch in the 1962 ad posted above, the Minuteman A:
Yet another replacement case / frankenbully assumption is discredited by the facts.