Saturday, June 20, 2009

VINTAGE SWISS BULOVA MEN'S WRISTWATCH (SOLD)





VINTAGE BULOVA MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1960'S

CLEAN AND SHINNING LIKE NEW TWO TONE GREEN DIAL

DATE WINDOW AT 6 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN WITH NO CRACK NOR SCRATCHES

BULOVA 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT

LUMINOUS SILVER TONE HANDS

RAISED SILVER/BLACK STICK MARKERS

FLUTTED BEZEL

STAINLESS STEEL CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 33mm NOT INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 40mm LUG TO LUG

ORIGINAL SS CROWN

GENUINE DARK BROWN LEATHER BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND!

WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED

SOLD TO MR SIMON FROM KLANG


History of Bulova, Accutron and Caravelle Watches and Their Place in Time


1912 - Bulova sets up its first plant dedicated to the production of watch components and their assembly into jeweled movements in Bienne, Switzerland. 1919 - During World War I, the convenience of wristwatches (as opposed to pocket watches) is discovered. In 1919 Bulova introduces the first full line of men's jeweled wristwatches. 1875

1875 - Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old immigrant from Bohemia, opens a small jewelry shop on Maiden Lane in New York City.

1911 - Bulova begins manufacturing and selling boudoir and table clocks as well as fine pocket watches. These pieces are sold in unprecedented numbers.

1912 - Bulova sets up its first plant dedicated to the production of watch components and their assembly into jeweled movements in Bienne, Switzerland. 1919 - During World War I, the convenience of wristwatches (as opposed to pocket watches) is discovered. In 1919 Bulova introduces the first full line of men's jeweled wristwatches.

1920 - Bulova Watch Company, Inc. moves to 580 Fifth Avenue and builds the Bulova Observatory on top of the building for the taking of sidereal time. This is the first Observatory ever built atop a skyscraper. The Observatory is under the direction of a mathematician whose readings are electrically recorded, instantaneously, on a chronograph hundreds of feet below the observatory, guiding the Bulova watchmakers in the Setting and Timing unit of the Company.

1923 -The name Bulova Watch Company, Inc. is adopted. Bulova perfects a new concept in the watch industry with total standardization of parts. Every part of a Bulova watch is made with such precision (standardized to the ten thousandth part of an inch) that it is interchangeable with the same part in any other Bulova watch. This revolutionizes the servicing of watches.

1952 - Bulova introduced Accutron Turning Fork, the first breakthrough in timekeeping technology in over 300 years. Accutron, the first fully electronic watch, promises to keep time to within 2 seconds a day.

1953 -Recognizing new trends in the watch industry, Bulova adds more self-winding and shock-proof watches to its line. Also added this year is the Bulova Wrist-Alarm, an entirely new kind of watch.

1960 - NASA asks Bulova to incorporate Accutron into its computers for the space program. Bulova timing mechanisms eventually become an integral part of 46 missions of the U.S. Space Program.

1969 -An Accutron watch movement is part of the equipment placed on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts, the first men on the moon. A Bulova timer is placed in the moon's Sea of Tranquility to control the transmissions of vital data through the years.

2002 - The opening of European headquarters in Fribourg, Switzerland, marking Bulova’s return to full proprietary operations in Europe after nearly a quarter of a century. Made in Switzerland, with product development at both Bulova Swiss, S.A. and Bulova’s home office in New York, the Bulova European Collection is set to begin distribution on January 1, 2003.


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