Bulova 1978 -Unknown

5/10 votes
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ETA 2879
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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 http://ranfft.de 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

Not For Sale
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FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 10, 2012 - 7:21am

Record for review.

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William Smith
Posted December 10, 2012 - 11:02pm

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Several charactoristics in common w/ clipper ads, but no matching ad.  SOme of those ads are from 5-7 years earlier than subject watch.


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Posted December 11, 2012 - 3:27am


Posted December 11, 2012 - 6:32am

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Enought for a tentaitive Clipper model call?

FifthAvenueRestorations's picture
Posted December 11, 2012 - 7:17am


tentative "CLIPPER"

as is this 1977 model currently "UNKNOWN" http://www.mybulova.com/node/5088

Geoff Baker
Posted December 11, 2012 - 8:28am

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I say no, we're to the point in Bulova history where watches no longer have names but only those five digit model numbers. I think the series is a direction but only if the watch is actually displayed in the ad. If one of the watches - from this ad - was posted I would argue to list it only by that five digit number, or maybe "Clipper Variant 12561". This watch, I'm afraid, is fast becoming an Unknown.

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William Smith
Posted January 26, 2013 - 6:29pm

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This had been previously ID'ed as a Set-O-Matic, but was changed upon review to unknown.  The Set-O-Matic "name" is used for some of these watches in DB, while other examples are now "Unknown" or have tentative model names.  It's a work in progress, so we may wanna think about the other "Set-O-Matic's" in the database to be consistent.

charles187's picture
Posted January 26, 2013 - 7:04pm

Hi, nice that you do all this effort to hang a name on this one. I would obtain for clipper

as in the ad the all have the dual-day and automatic set-o-matic on them aswell.

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William Smith
Posted January 26, 2013 - 7:17pm

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Admin's large Clipper ad from above is dated 1978, so these have model series names (well....Clipper Collection) and model numbers- the numbers are most likely the actual model name??? So do we consider tentative Clipper unknown variant, based on traits, or leave as unknown?   I guess we've voted on that question already...hense the current unknown....