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Bulova 1957 WristAlarm

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Frankenbully? Or real deal. Not supposed to have a clear back. Needs cleaning and face restore.

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Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:47pm

Meh.. I wouldn't say Franken.. just might need to try to find a back for it.  Franken is usually reserved for... Bulova movement in an absolutely non-Bulova aftermarket case.  Usually a fancy one that tricks the hell out of the member who gnashes of teeth when he opens said package from the mailman  with anticipation.

Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:53pm

What are your thoughts on back? The snap ring seems right, the crystal fits in properly.

Club 5000Panel Member
Posted October 12, 2011 - 11:00pm

Hrmm.... you know guy I just don't have a clue.  I'm pretty unfamiliar with this model.  I'd say it's a mod as I've never seen it.  Possibly right from the jeweler who sold the watch to the customer originally as a gimic or what have you?  Not a lot of advertisement for this model out there that I've seen.  I will say this, I have held on to watches in my collection when naysayers have said Franken or Mod.... and later found them to be true models.

Without any information either way... how can we really know?  If you like the watch... keep the machine until you push it out of your collection with a sweeter model!  Who knows what sort of paper we'll find on it eventually?

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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:11am

This watch has potential. I admire Wrist Alarms I have seen on the internet but at the last second the bids go out of sight, like a $300 jump in the last 5 seconds. I want one or three. These watches are so nifty I just can't decide which ones I want. Maybe all of them!


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Wayne Hanley
Posted October 13, 2011 - 10:21am

Casebacks on the Wrist Alarms I have in  my files, it looks like they need a special caseback. Does your watch functioning?

Posted October 13, 2011 - 11:34am

Yes, the alarm works. I kinda will skip a beat here and there, but i would think a cleaning would  be the ticket. I wouldnt mind picking up an original caseback though. I think that post there in your picture has some function. Is your wrist alarm pretty loud? I can hear the buzzing, but it is not overly loud. I think that post is there to tranfer the buzzing from the movement to the casback, and  amplifies it. Still the watch is in pretty good condition. If anyone has a spare caseback, let me know. My ring snaps on, and actually i can get it to stay on now. Id there a trick to this. Even pressure?





FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted October 13, 2011 - 11:41am

The post transfers the vibration of the alarm to the Caseback, the wearer can then feel the Watch vibrating at the set time.

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Posted October 13, 2011 - 12:29pm

My thoughts are that it's the real deal but was probably some kind of display model used to promote the Wrist Alarm watches using the clear caseback to show off the movement to customers. Could just be someones idea of a very cool modifacation but still , A Very cool watch!'s picture
Club 5000
Posted October 13, 2011 - 1:31pm

Here's a dial I just had redone by International.





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Posted October 13, 2011 - 1:02pm

 That post on the case back is like an "anvil" that the spring-driven, vibrating "hammer" strikes against to give the alarm a clear sound. All you are getting is the vibrating sound of the "hammer" hitting against NOTHING. The original case back was switched out for a crystal... not hard to do, but inappropriate.