"Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

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    "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    I am looking for help identifying this watch, it doesn't seem to have the usual Bulova code or model numbers. I believe this is from the 1990's. Is it what you would call a Frankenbully(?) The watch keeps excellent time and is very heavy and has Bulova marking in the right places. Why is it so hard to find info on 1990's Bulova watches?
    I am new to this site and really enjoy all the threads and information. I have several other Bulovas I will be posting, plus some old Walthams and old
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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    Sorry that I don't know anything about your watch, but I suggest that you visit the Bulova enthusiasts' forum at Bulova - Vintage and Antique Watches | myBulova.com You may find it there, if not (they seem to lose interest around 1970s), there is a process by which you can ask the question of the assembled Bulova fans there. Good luck. I suspect that this is a more recent model as you suggested.
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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    For others: Bulova often has date codes on the caseback that can be used to date...

    M0 == 1960
    N1 == 1971

    I don't know when this stopped... evidently before your watch was made!

    Dating from the movement is just about impossible for a 7750... they have been made for a blue gazillion years and are still in production.

    The style is very similar to what I would expect for a modern variant... say around 2000.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    All Bulova's are dated see link i wish every manufacture did the same


    Bulova Date Codes | myBulova.com

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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    There is no date code on the back of the watch, this is the second Bulova I have seen like this, (another 90's watch-datejust) my other Bulovas have the date code. Very puzzling?

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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    I went to this site before and was told they do not consider watches dating from 1990's and onward. 1990's are not "vintage". Thank you for the help.

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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    Well, Bulova has been gone for quite some time. The name is now owned by Citizen, so the watch is really a Citizen not a Bulova. You won't find information on these watches using vintage Bulova resources because, aside from the fact that it isn't vintage, it's not really a Bulova in any way other than the name on the dial. I sure do hate that Citizen is using that tuning fork logo on ETA watches.

    EDIT: After getting curious and looking into it, Citizen didn't buy the Bulova name until 2008, and this watch pre-dates that. I'm not sure what Bulova was doing during the '90s, were they just casing ETA movements? Was it just a licensed name at that point or did they actually have a connection to the original company?
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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    Quote Originally Posted by StoppedClock View Post
    Well, Bulova has been gone for quite some time. The name is now owned by Citizen, so the watch is really a Citizen not a Bulova. You won't find information on these watches using vintage Bulova resources because, aside from the fact that it isn't vintage, it's not really a Bulova in any way other than the name on the dial. I sure do hate that Citizen is using that tuning fork logo on ETA watches.

    EDIT: After getting curious and looking into it, Citizen didn't buy the Bulova name until 2008, and this watch pre-dates that. I'm not sure what Bulova was doing during the '90s, were they just casing ETA movements? Was it just a licensed name at that point or did they actually have a connection to the original company?
    Somebody bought the name and sold watches under the name. Generally they were reasonable Swiss watches like this one.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    Most of the Bulova watches can be found on mybulova.com, just go to the search site and enter the mfg date or suspected name and you should find the watch.
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    Re: "Frankenbully" or I am looking for the model and date of my Bulova Chronograph Valjoux 7750

    This looks to be a late-1980s or 1990s model. I believe the Valjoux 7750 was upjeweled from 17 to 25 jewels in the mid-1990s, and that may help to date your watch somewhat.

    I expect it's a genuine Bulova model from the period. I see no reason to think it isn't.
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