Bulova 1976 -Unknown

Submitted by JimDon5822 on March 18, 2018 - 9:26am
Manufacture Year
1976
Movement Model
11AOACD
Movement Jewels
17
Movement Serial No.
-
Case Serial No.
3945650
Case shape
Round
Case Manufacturer
Other
Crystal Details
28.5MM X 30.5MM Flat Rounded Square Shaped
Gender
Mens
Additional Information

This is my favorite Buolva.   it is a tonneau shaped stainless steel case with a beautiful brushed champagne dial.  It has applied minute markers and printed Bulova Automatic on the dial.  It has a Date window.  The case back is marked with a stylized RV ?  and Swiss and 7688.  I cannot find any date codes.  It measures 42MM x 36MM.  

1979 Bulova watch
1979 Bulova watch
1979 Bulova watch
1979 Bulova watch
JimDon5822
Posted March 18, 2018 - 9:29am

I am only guessing on this date.   It could be 1983 since the serial number begins with a stand alone 3.   It also could be 1976 since the inside case back number starts with a 76.  This one has been stumped as to it's date.

 

neetstuf-4-u
Posted March 18, 2018 - 10:37am

Interesting and attractive watch. The absence of a 2 digit date code on movement and case seems to indicate 80's or newer?

Is there a 3 letter import code stamped anyplace on the movement? If not, my only guess would be a unknown date model from the International series produced and marketed outside the US.

Unknown for me for now.

JimDon5822
Posted March 18, 2018 - 1:09pm

In reply to by neetstuf-4-u

There is no date code anywhere on the movement and no import code.   I do see that I listed the movement incorrectly.  It is an 11AOACD.  The only marks I see are on the rotor.

Andersok
Posted March 18, 2018 - 1:25pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

I've corrected the record movement code originally entered as 11ACACD

Andersok
Posted March 18, 2018 - 10:58am

The case number 7688 is not listed in the 1974 case book, but it is listed in the 1979 supplement book. The case number does not represent the date code, so the 76## would not represent 1976. However, the watch has a 70s feel to it in my opinion and could be dated to the late 70s or even early 80s. Any chance there is a datestamp on the right side of the rotor, an N#?

JimDon5822
Posted March 18, 2018 - 1:14pm

In reply to by Andersok

There is no stamp visible.  It appears the date range on the movement says 1973 until about 1979.  It does have a Patek Nautilus vibe going which also indicates a late 70's homage possibly?

Andersok
Posted March 18, 2018 - 1:28pm

In reply to by JimDon5822

Odd to not have a datestamp anywhere. I've gone through the limited ads we have for the late 70s, but do not find a match.

neetstuf-4-u
Posted March 18, 2018 - 2:17pm

In reply to by Andersok

No import code on the movement would suggest the watch was assembled outside the US, and the stampings on the case are not traditional Bulova/US style. That said, we still don't know how to assign a date.

Geoff Baker
Posted March 24, 2018 - 7:25am

I'm at odds. I agree it's late seventies / early eighties. It's Unknown to as as far as model ID.

I'm inclined to tag it 1979 Unknown.

Panel?