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Bulova 1977 -Unknown

Model ID rating explained.
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Manufacture Year: 

1977

Movement Model: 

5 BD

Movement Jewels: 

23

Movement Serial No.: 

-

Case Serial No.: 

9920-1

Case shape: 

Oval

Crystal Details: 

Raised Square Shoulder

Gender: 

Ladies

Additional Information

I am very interested in your collective opinions of this ladies 23 jewel Swiss movement Bulova with a tuning fork on the dial and stem. I assumed it was an Accutron but found a mechanical 23 jewel 5 BD movement inside. The exterior back is stamped Bulova and N7. The interior back is pad stamped 9920-1. The case has a dedicated articulating strap stamped 1.D France on one link. I do not see any metal type or content on the case or strap. Your assistance in identification is appreciated.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 4, 2019 - 12:05pm

A really pretty watch, I love the sunburst dial.  I am guessing this was an Accutron that had a movement replacement.  I haven't found an ad for it yet but I am still looking.

lionelttrain
Posted March 4, 2019 - 1:17pm

Thank you for the update. The mystery deepens. So was I right to assume that in 1977 the tuning fork symbols on the face and stem did indicated that the movement should have been an Accutron?

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Reverend Rob
Panel Member
Posted March 4, 2019 - 1:27pm

No, Bulova started using the Accutron logo on all the watches at a certain point. If I recall, even the modern Accu-Swiss mechanicals used the logo.

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Kathy L.
Panel Member
Posted March 4, 2019 - 1:34pm

Oh interesting Reverend Rob!  

mybulova_admin
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 9, 2019 - 2:14am

I was thinking along the same lines as Kathy with the dial and crown sporting the logo.

During this period most watches sporting the Accutron Tuning Fork were exclusive to Accutrons.

I know it became their main company logo, but didn't think it was this early on.

I think the dial might be off an Accutron Mini....then again I could be totally wrong:-)

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 13, 2019 - 8:31am

I've come back to this one several times and come up empty. It could be a potential non-conforming (mix of parts, all Bulova) but with no substantial proof via ads I'm leaning towards Unknown for the time being.

It's definitely a cool watch, I like it.

1977 Unknown

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 14, 2019 - 7:31am

I agree Bob, I wish we could put a tag to this one. I rather think it's all original

1977 Bulova Unknown

lionelttrain
Posted March 14, 2019 - 10:43am

Thanks for the additional feedback. Another thought I had is if the case and strap are a dedicated unit and a link is stamped 1.D France, does this mean the case and strap were made in France? And that pad printed number inside the case 9920-1; does that mean anything?

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neetstuf-4-u
Panel Member
Posted March 17, 2019 - 9:10am

9920-1 would be the case style. Movement doesn't appear to have a 3 letter import stamp to enter the US as parts. This would seem to indicate the watch was assembled outside the US. That paired with the France marked casing would  suggest the watch was produced outside the US for the non-US market.

Geoff Baker
Club 5000Panel Member
Posted March 17, 2019 - 9:03am

Panel - any other thoughts?