Bulova 1969 -Non-Conforming

Submitted by teakyou on March 2, 2020 - 3:20pm
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The movement is dated N2, but the case back is dated M9, so I assume that one of those items is not original to the watch.


Movement and inside case back
Csse back
Posted March 3, 2020 - 7:05pm

The case back is marked 1-755876.

Posted March 3, 2020 - 8:57pm

Based on the case number I should be able to determine the correct movement model to see if it may be original or a replacement.

Posted March 3, 2020 - 10:45pm

Based on the serial number configuration , apparent lack of a 3 letter import stamp on movement, case back logo and interior markings; subject watch appears to be produced outside the US. This may be a difficult one to put a name to.

1969 seems a little early for a tuning fork dial on a jeweled watch. I'm not having any luck finding an ID, and suspect this may be a marriage of a 1969 case and 1974 dial and movement. It's interesting to note that case and movement both appear to be of non-US origin, suggesting if it is a marriage it was done "internationally".

It's a beauty nonetheless...still looking.


Geoff Baker
Posted March 4, 2020 - 9:35pm

Hi teakyou, welcome to myBulova, this one is tricky. We will date the watch to the year of the case, which is 1969. With a three year difference in the movement date code it's most likely that it's a marriage of components. Generally we call these Non-Conforming as they don't 'conform' to standard dating. When we see this case back style it's usually on Non-US or "International" models. Bulova did manufacture watches both in Europe and the Pacific Rim, it cold be either.

1969 Bulova Non-Conforming

Posted March 4, 2020 - 9:50pm

Agreed, 1969 Non-conforming

Posted March 4, 2020 - 11:13pm

I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to look in to this. I didn't realize that Bulova manufactured different models in Europe for that market. I assumed they were exported from the US to Europe.

Since the movement in this watch was made in Switzerland, is it the same design as movements made for the domestic market?

Thanks again,


Posted March 11, 2020 - 2:24pm

In reply to by teakyou

As far as I know, the only difference is a 3 letter import stamp on "US watch"  watch movements. With a few exceptions, all Bulova movements were produced in Switzerland .