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Bulova 1978 -Unknown

5/10 votes
Model ID rating explained.

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Movement Model: 

ETA 2879

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Additional Information

Here we have a N8 automatic daydate watch with an 17 jewels  ETA 2879 movement (above the numbers are also the letters CW shown, the ETA sign is left of this). It says dual-day and automatic set-o-matic on the dial. It comes with an original Bulova,  guess goldfilled, watchband (is not stated on band nore on case or back). The daydate has a quickset and two languages: french and english. No Bulova crown.

Back has N8 on it.

The crystal is 30mm, case (without crown) is 35 and 40mm lug to lug.

I had the movement completely overhauled by my watchmaker Albert Koopman and a new crystal was placed. Now I only have to polish the case and band.

Some specifications of the ETA caliber from website

sweep second
day: quickset, 2 languages
date: quickset
optional hack feature

11.5''', Dm= 25.6mm, Do= 26.0mm
H= 5.65mm
T= 2.65mm
17/21/25 jewels
f = 21600 A/h
power reserve 50h

Main spring 
1.30 x 10.5 x 0.10mm

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Geoff Baker
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Posted January 24, 2012 - 6:13pm

Very Nice Charles - thanks for sharing it!

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Reverend Rob
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Posted January 24, 2012 - 7:22pm

 Nice watch, and excellent movement. I have a Rado with the same calibre in it, and it is capable of COSC. 

charles187's picture
Posted January 24, 2012 - 8:35pm

 Thanks both!

I add 3 more, a ladies I have doubts about, another selfwinding and an accutron 218.

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William Smith
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Posted May 17, 2012 - 3:12am

Great watch Charles

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William Smith
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Posted August 7, 2012 - 10:54pm

I didn't see an ad for "set-o-matic" (nor a reference to this feature).  I did see several ads from this period referring to "quick set" technology/feature for various models.  Was this model name accepted from the name on the dial? 

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Reverend Rob
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Posted August 8, 2012 - 5:25pm

I don't think Set O Matic is a model name, but that's just my gut feeling. Otherwise, it wouldn't be printed under the "Automatic", it would be more prominently featured, under the "Bulova". 

I'm trying to find the ones I have, but having no luck, I may have sold them.

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted November 12, 2012 - 10:40am

agreed reverand.

More likely a 'CLIPPER'

ad Dated 1978

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William Smith
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Posted November 12, 2012 - 2:19pm

That ad helps.  Three watches listed as Clippers, and all of them say set-o-matic on dial-like subject watch.

bobbee's picture
Posted November 12, 2012 - 3:34pm

Enough evidence for Clipper two ticks.

DarHin's picture
Posted November 12, 2012 - 3:54pm

I think the Movement Model should be 1133.10.

Owner has "None" under Case Serial # and doesn't note a case date. I would like clarification before assigning ticks.