I recently had a long and helpful thread over on Affordables about my first real watch purchase. I went ahead and signed on to the HMT pilot group buy because I love the way it looks and it was limited edition for a good price. After too much forum and ebay lurking, I've decided that my long-term plans include a solid gold vintage watch with a (preferably interesting) inscription from its first owner, preferably a Hamilton (probably in about two years when I'm set to reach a major professional goal.)
However, I still wanted something on my wrist NOW-- well, in time for a business trip I'm taking next week. My stipulations included:
-preferably vintage, but also preferably ready to wear
-mechanical (automatic or handwound)
-as inexpensive as possible
-different looking from the HMT pilot (maybe goldtone)
-on the smaller side (I'm a woman with a 5.5 inch wrist and while I like oversized, I found 37mm+ to be TOO oversized)
So, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on an ebay vintage Bulova. I didn't think I would win as I'd seen the same watch go for more, so it was kind of impulsive, but at $50 shipped, I figured what the heck. And I just liked the whale and got a good feeling from the watch...
SO, tell me the truth, how do you think I did? I won't be offended. I just want to learn! I'm reallllly hoping I won't have to shell about another $150 for an overhaul, because that probably won't be worth it.
Here are the details:
Model: BULOVA 11 BLCD
Serial Number: H811475
Seller said, "look/Runs great!. Great timing!. Fully signed & numbered"
Seller had 100% positive feedback
From my research (here: Vintage Rare 1969 Bulova Whale Gold Plated Mens Watch Cal 11 Blcd and old ebay listings), it seems to be from the late 1960s or early 1970s
Also from this research, it goes from around $50 - $150.