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What is a FrankenBully?

Submitted by mybulova_admin on February 8, 2012 - 5:07am

The term 'FrankenBully' originated within this sites forums some time ago and was the result members identifying watches that met one the following criteria:

  • Bulova case, non-Bulova movement
  • Bulova case, non-Bulova dial
  • Bulova dial, Bulova movement, non-Bulova case
  • Bulova dial, non-Bulova movement, non-Bulova case
  • Bulova case from one model, Bulova movement and/or dial from another model * 

* Certain exceptions may apply.

Can someone help ID?

Submitted by anne.songy on June 27, 2012 - 3:55pm

I am helping out an older friend who is not comfortable doing research online. I am unable to identify this watch and, in fact. cannot find a thing about it online. Information matches partially, but not fully. It is in terrible shape, but he still wants to know more about it. All I know (well, all I think) is that it's from 1970, based on the NO inscription on the back. Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

Could someome ID this please?

Submitted by Hans on June 20, 2012 - 7:55am

This Bulova was purchased by my Brother in 1970 for my Father's birthday. He bought it in Hong Kong while on R&R from Vietnam. I had the watch repaired and the dealer said he had never seen a Bulova Ambassador that said waterproof nor one with a screw in the back of the case. He thought that it may have been an overseas model only.

Here is what I know.

It is an 18k gold watch with a 1966 year code on the case. It is a 30 jewel model.

I was told that the screw is because it is an N2 filled watch but I don't know if that is right.

1949 10BM 17Jewel unknown

Submitted by William Smith on June 20, 2012 - 2:18am

I have this watch coming my way.  It's not an Andrew (Andrew w/ 15jewels).  It's not a Shoreman. It's unknown- at least to me.   I'll add to watch database and take some pictures when I actually get the watch, but for now I have one picture and some scant seller details:

10K Rolled Gold Plate/Stainless Back  Case serial number: 2412885.  Bulova 17 Jewel 10BM 1949 (A9) movement in a Bulova case