Bulova 1975 Accuquartz "Centenary"
Bulova Accuquartz Centenary in tuning fork style 20 Micron gold plated case in "NOS" condition. The model as featured in the original French adverts at the time. I got it as a collection of parts. All original including; strap, centenary clasp, the original price tag in Belgian Francs and the protective caseback sticker(shown here on the parts donor case until I get a clear protective sticker for it). This means of course we'll never know the serial number, but I can live with that. :)
The issues were the quartz can had died - it seems very soon after it was originally shipped - and the date mechanism had been cannabalised at some point. Otherwise the movement was in very good condition and included the caseback spring which seems to go missing often enough.
Part of my collecting interest is early quartz watches and as a golden rule I try to find a working donor movement to keep for any future problems. Luckily I have two other Accuquartz Centenarys(steel cased, Italian and British) I found over the years, both "well loved" ;), so was able to use the quartz and both coil assemblies from the Italian example, which seems to have been very well bolted together as it is remarkably accurate in rate and has most of its adjustment screws still present.
For future reference, I could never find a casemaker stamp on these, but the three examples I have all have dials made by the Swiss company Singer(now owned by Rolex I believe)
Having the original hangtag with price means I was able to work out going by historical exhange rates the watch cost the equivalent in Belgian Francs of around 220 dollars in 1975.
NB in the interests of horological accuracy, it originally had a silver seconds hand, but the donor had a white one and I prefer the look and legibility of that so used it instead. In my excitement/stupidity I forgot to use the French daywheel, so it's the Italian one. However I have both the originals(and an English daywheel) should it ever need be put back to complete originality.
Thanks for looking.