Bulova 1973 President "A"

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 Having seen the other post for this model  I believe this is the Jetstar. I believe the outer box and paperwork are correct as it tallys up with the watch details including colour combination.  I will leave it as unknown for now

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shooter144's picture
Posted September 13, 2011 - 2:44pm

We only have 1 add for 1973, but if the past is an indication, it should be a Bulova 23, 23 jewel automatic.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted September 13, 2011 - 4:45pm


Posted September 13, 2011 - 4:44pm

Looks like it is a President "A" or a Jetstar?? Mr Baker has one in the database like it.


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Posted November 22, 2011 - 1:01pm


ad Dated 1972.

Geoff Baker
Posted November 22, 2011 - 1:16pm

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 Shawn - here's my theory - view the second to the last ad on page 9 - it displays the Jet Star COLLECTION - then goes on to give each of the three watches pictured a model number - Bulova always had model numbers but beginning around 1925 they also gave watches proper names. Around 1970 - ish Bulova stopped handing out names (wasn't this about the time we think they moved locations and destroyed all their historical records - the one we so covet?). Now all but a select few watches are known by their numbers. Exceptions seem to be President, Senator and Oceanographer / Snorkel and a couple others. The watch I have posted http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1973-president-1816 has a hang tag identifying it as BOTH a President A and a model 11002. It would be appropriate to log that, (and I think this) watch as a model 11002, but knowing that Bulova also called it "President A" makes the name better suited.

View some of the watches of the 40's and 50's that have hang tags (even if we suspect they don't belong to the watch they're associated with) we see names AND model numbers but knowing the name - we will always use that first.

I could give this 3 stars as a President A OR  model 11002, but not as the Collection name "Jet Star"


Posted November 22, 2011 - 4:39pm


So in that case what is with the booklet etc calling it a "Jetstar"? Day - Date 23j? with the same colour pattern as the watch itself? 

Geoff Baker
Posted November 22, 2011 - 6:06pm

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Gary - sorry - called you Shawn (Shawn - apologies to you too) - good question, Looks like, to Marks point below the insert with the watch might have been added. I still construct the "President A" ID based on the hang tag, with a couple points for the clam shell (the watch has been in it for a good while based on the amount of the corfam strap that has rubbed off inside of it). I bring the "Jet Star" in only as proof that it is the name of a collection, not a single watch. By the way - your watch is beautiful. I love this era.

Mark - to your point I guess the ad could be construed as stating that the three Jet Star Collection watches shown are 17 J, but maybe not all of them were. The Pres could be a 23j Jet Star but I have no basis to state it as fact or even a possibility. Nice ad by the way, is it in the db?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 22, 2011 - 7:18pm


Yes, 1972.

The 'PRESIDENT' collection were all 23 Jewels (last paragraph of the ad)

Geoff Baker
Posted November 22, 2011 - 8:48pm

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Excellent, then I can liberate the Jet Star insert from the President watch kit too. Thanks Mark!

Now about that fish........(whale)

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 9:52pm


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