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Bulova 1972 President

6/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.
3

Manufacture Year: 

1972

Movement Model: 

-

Movement Jewels: 

23

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

J263440

Case shape: 

Octagonal

Case Manufacturer: 

Bulova

Gender: 

Mens

Additional Information

An inheritance from my grandfather. The watch has little wear since he only brought it out for special occasions.

The case is 37.5mm across diagonal, 36mm across at the crown, 38mm at the lugs, and 11mm thick including the domed acrylic crystal. The sides and scallops of the case are polished, as is the signed bracelet. The front of the case has a radial brushed pattern. The dial has a fine vertical line pattern and indicies are applied (including the day/date surround). The crown is unsigned. The case back reads '10KT Rolled Gold Plate Back' and 'Gold Electroplated Bezel', and N2 (1972). The case has not been opened because it keeps good time so I'm unsure which movement it uses. 

Unfortunately the box and paperwork are long gone, so I have no idea what model it is. I've seen an identical dial and hands on a 1972 Sea King, but I have not seen another Bulova with the same case shape. I'm leaning towards it being a Senator, but that's a guess.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted December 11, 2018 - 3:42pm

What a lovely heirloom from your grandfather!  I looked through the ads from the late 60s through the 70s and didn't find a match.

Unknown for now.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted December 11, 2018 - 5:24pm

A wonderful watch and quite unique. Like most unique shaped Bulova watches, I always think I've seen them before in an advert at somepoint over the last 10+ years.

I'll keep looking for this one.

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted December 12, 2018 - 8:47am

I'm at unknown, but still looking.

Stickshift
Posted December 12, 2018 - 7:30pm

It's good to know the experts are stumped too - I thought I was going crazy by not being able to identify it.

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted December 13, 2018 - 4:58am

Have found a watch with similar specs with the whale symbol and day/date combo, 23J with same hands....case is cushion....and is a Senator.....giving us a hint that the whale logo was used on other models other than the Sea King.

Still looking. 

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Andersok
Panel Member
Posted December 14, 2018 - 7:07am

I have not found any matches in our ads. This is a very handsome style, but Unknown model at this time.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted December 15, 2018 - 9:32am

Stickshift - I LOVE this watch! I sure do wish I knew his name

1972 Bulova Unknown

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted December 15, 2018 - 10:39am

Unknown for me as well. 

JimDon5822
Posted October 3, 2019 - 9:02pm

Macleans Magazine December 1972

1972 Bulova President

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted October 3, 2019 - 9:43pm

Wow, good ad find, Jim!

1972 Bulova President looks like a match.