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    Question Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    Hi All,
    First time posting so apologies for any faux pos

    I've recently started my watch collection, nothing to brag about but we all have to start somewhere. But I remembered a while back a was handed down a watch from my gran that used to belong to (I believe) my great grandfather.

    I'd love some help in identifying it, finding out the age that sort of thing, with the end goal of (hopefully) getting it repaired
    Bare in mind I'm new to this, and i apologise for any ignorance! I couldn't even tell if it's the original strap

    Its a Buler (or Bvler) 17 Jewel with day & date function

    the markings on the back read
    21921
    13109DD

    I'm planning to contact the manufacturer but they don't seem overly active online since being acquired by a HK based entrepreneur.

    Any help at all, would be massively appreciated!
    Pictures to follow

    Cheers,
    13atchet

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    Definitely get us those pictures. I'm sure someone will be able to help you once you do. There are some really knowledgeable people here. I unfortunately am not one of them, not with the older stuff at least but welcome to the forum. Also, it certainly couldn't hurt going straight to Buler with those numbers and some pictures.
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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    Thanks CB, I think I'll do just that - I can't tell if it was an 'everyday man's watch' or something a bit more. Either way I would be hesitant to trust just anyone with it

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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    I would say late 1970's through the 1980's. Many watch companies from Seiko and Citizen to numerous small Swiss brands were making nice reasonably priced watches that copied the Rolex President design. Gold tone and steel with folded link construction was very popular back then as well. I'm assuming it is a 17 jewel handwind movement from one of the major movement makers because Automatic does not appear on the dial, although it may be a rotor wound movement. That's a special watch for it's connection to your family. If you plan on wearing it be sure to have it serviced. Welcome to WUS!

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    From what I can gather about the brand and their older watches for sale, it appears that yes, it is an everyday man's watch as you put it. Additionally, John MS pretty much said it best with the 70's 80's president homage. Your watch may not have major significance to the world of watches but is is priceless to you. Good luck getting more info and ultimately having it repaired so you can start wearing it.

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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    That band is definitely not original to that watch, I would scrap it as (or put it aside) for a leather strap that fit. Any competent watch service guy/gal should be able to repair it and polish the scratches out of the acrylic crystal. No need to send it to the manufacturer.
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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    Cheers Mike

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    Re: Help! Identifying my GGrandfather's Buler 17 Jewel watch

    I'm trying to fit a timeline - it may not indeed be my GGrandfather's watch, mainly because he died in the early 70s...
    But if it was it would have been his 'good' watch, he was a shipbuilder in Belfast and naturally jewellery wasn't permitted.

    The mechanism doesn't seem to be working (sad face) so its anybody's guess what the problem is

    I quite like the strap; again for sentimental reasons, so might attempted to get it tidied up as the clasp doesn't quite link properly. But more than likely it will be unrealistic to repair, any suggestions from you fine folks for a good looking replacement strap type?

    Thanks for all the info and opinion so far!

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