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Bulova 1972 -Unknown

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I would like to share pictures of this beautiful Bulova 30 Automatic that i picked up on ebay in 2014. Keeps very good time. I was astonished at how well it cleaned up and how beautiful it looks, have not seen another one like it.  It is my go to dress watch and a keeper for sure.  I have since replaced the generic strap with a nice vintage black lizard Hirsch strap that looks the part. The first two pics are the watch after I cleaned it up, the last two are from the ebay ad when I purchased it.   The case back is on so tight that I cannot remove it to have a peek inside a the movement.  One last detail to note is that the hour and minute hands are luminous and there are lume dots applied on the dial.

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1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
1972 Bulova watch
Geoff Baker
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Posted September 24, 2017 - 6:31am

Hello seabass22, welcome to myBulova. You have a nice watch, it cleaned up very well. We have quite a few adverts for 1972 but none of them show this model, We've identified some watches from the early 1960's as Bulova 30 but I don't see any indication that Bulova used that name in the 70's. For now I would have to say this is an Unknown model. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted October 2, 2017 - 7:21am

I would have to agree, Unknown model. Nice work on the restoration; I find electroplate hard to work with.

Posted July 11, 2019 - 12:18pm

I wanted to follow up on this watch I shared a few years ago.  I was finally able to get my hands on some proper tools to open up the caseback. 

When I did, I was very surprised to find a micro rotor movement, model "12EBAC".

Here are a few more pictures...

Andersok, thanks for the reply, I did not have to do any restoration, the brown discoloration on the watch the I first bought it turned out to be just dirt and gunk build up, I carefully cleaned it off and found that the electroplate was not damaged at all.

I recently saw a post on Reddit from a user inquiring about this same model, so now I can say I have seen another one. :)

Kathy L.
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Posted July 11, 2019 - 12:40pm

Very nice!  I updated the movement model for you.

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Reverend Rob
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Posted July 11, 2019 - 1:19pm

I suspect it may be an Ambassador.

Posted October 27, 2019 - 9:40pm

Defintely looks like the dial and case from a 1972 Counselor "O" but this is a 17J watch.  

The Tampa Times (Tampa, Florida) · 23 Nov 1972