Bulova 1952 Director

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this is my father's 1952 bulova. 'director', i think. it runs perfectly and i wear it almost daily.


i have it serviced yearly, but it is all original (save the band), never restored.


i'm interested in having it restored... the crystal is about what you might expect from a 60 year old watch.


i don't think he wore it much past my early childhood... i don't remember it and haven't seen it in photos beyond about '65...


i'd also like to find the original band, or a replica.


i understand from my mother that my dad bought it for himself as a gift from her at the px at the key west naval station....


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Posted July 15, 2012 - 8:54am

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It is indeed the "Director" model. Given that you've kept it serviced over the years I don't think you need a restoration done. The dial is clean and clear and doesn't require refinishing. I think all you really neeed is a new crystal, band and have the case polished.

Posted July 15, 2012 - 9:01am

thanks much... that is the direction i was leaning, too....

Posted July 15, 2012 - 9:31am

Confirmed Director,

If you take a look at page 9 of the ad database, you will see many examples of the expansion band that was original to this watch. It appears to have a distinct Diamond pattern on the links.

Your best bet would be to keep checking eBay, they do appear from time to time.

Posted July 15, 2012 - 3:39pm

thanks much for the direction....since i am new to the website, i don't know about any of the databases. under which button do i look for the ad database?

Posted July 15, 2012 - 3:46pm

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Go to the information tab, click, a drop down menu will have the vintage bulova ads tab.

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 9:32am

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Director for sure.  Restoraton not needed.



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William Smith
Posted July 15, 2012 - 1:36pm

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Director   from me

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 1:59pm

Director, yes.

Jim Townsend
Posted July 15, 2012 - 5:09pm

Way to go bobbee glad to see you were made a panel member way to go mate :-)

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William Smith
Posted July 15, 2012 - 5:28pm

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Hi Jim I'm not sure if Bobbee is a panel member yet or not, however I would welcome his nomination as such.  But whether he's a panel member or not, his comments and opinions - like yours and every single member who takes the time to study and state their opinions - are not only read but taken into close consideration by those who do vote.  I welcome observations, opinions and comments from all mybulova members.  It's a community, and we all have a voice.