Bulova 1973 Commander

Submitted by ChefBenjamin on February 16, 2015 - 11:48pm
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I believe this is a Commander from 1973, based on my research.

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Geoff Baker
Posted February 17, 2015 - 7:29am

Hell ChefBenjamin, welcome to myBulova. Nice looking old Bulova you're wearing! I'm curious to know what the date code is on your watch - the alphanumeric code on the case back. The ad you've linked is from the late 60's as I recall but you have your watch dated 1973. The dial on your's doesn't quite match the Commander shown in the advert, the seconds track is in a different position, the contrasting color bar from 9 across to 3 is not shown in the advert and I'm not sure your hour markers are illuminated. I'm still searching for a better advert/name match. Do you have a photo of the movement? 

Posted February 17, 2015 - 7:39am

"AO" is s/s version, "AQ" is g/p version.

Although the dial/hands are more "modern" to keep up with the 1970's styling, maybe we can still call it a Commander?


William Smith
Posted February 17, 2015 - 1:51pm

What does it say on the outside case back?

Posted February 17, 2015 - 3:33pm

The dial/hands do not match any Commander ads, and unusual for a 30 jewel watch not to say so on the dial.

Posted February 17, 2015 - 5:35pm

I will reserve my decision until I can see the movement.

Unknown for now.

Posted February 25, 2015 - 7:30am

Certainly looks like a Commander case, but without verification of the movement I would be at Unknown for now. 

Posted February 25, 2015 - 8:00am

Dial really is not Commander

Unknown for now

William Smith
Posted February 26, 2015 - 12:26pm

I'm at Unknown now too.

Geoff Baker
Posted February 26, 2015 - 2:07pm

I guess I go with Unknown too

Posted October 27, 2019 - 10:31pm

i thought I would throw this ad out there.  It claims to be a 30J and looks to be a Commander but confirms no "30 Jewels" on dial. Still not a dial match but very close..

he Star Press (Muncie, Indiana) · 1 May 1974, Wed