New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

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    New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    Hi,

    I just received this Bulova Oceanographer from 1969 (marked M9 on the case back). Got it pretty cheap on the ´bay, but it doesn't look half bad with the gold electroplated case and chocolate brown dial.

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    I can't get the back off as it seems to be screwed on really well - does anyone know what movement I should expect to find underneath? Were these made while Bulova was still a healthy company? I understand they had a rough time (at least) in the mid-late 70's?

    Any other info or thoughts anyone has to share - I'm more than happy to hear it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    I have no information for you, but its a very nice-looking watch. Congratulations.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    I'd probably guess a 10BC.
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    Re: New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    Nice looking watch!! Congrats!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    I'd probably guess a 10BC.
    Thank you all for your comments. Is the 10BC a decent movement?

    I think I need something sticky to get the case back off - the grooves are too shallow for my case wrench.

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    Re: New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    Nearly all of Bulova's movements were decent, and the Oceanographer was a higher end watch, so it'll be well finished. By 1969, the movements were pretty well refined to balance out quality and manufacturing efficiency.

    For the case back, I've had luck with using duct tape. Then again, I'm from the land of Red Green, so I always have luck with duct tape.
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    Re: New family member: Bulova Oceanographer '69

    Hi there,

    after my records the 10BC was only made until 1951. A watch from 1969 should likely have an 11ALC or 11BLC:
    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Bulova 11ALC
    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Bulova 11BLC

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    Thanks - I'll try duct tape. After all, Mythbusters have showed that it can be used for pretty much anything. :)

    What is the difference between the 11ALC and 11BLC movements? The specs look very similar to my untrained eyes.

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