Back in 1974, when I was only 10 years old, my dad purchased a brand new Bulova automatic watch with a silver dial with luminous hands and luminous numbers on the dial. I remember that watch very well because it was such a beautiful and eye catching watch. He had his Bulova until 1978 when he gave it to me because he was unable to wear the watch while at work. He couldn't wear his Bulova anymore because he used to get his arms & hands very dirty and sticky from working with flour, sugar, dough & various muffin mixes (he used to own & manage a Dunkin Donuts at the time and used to help out the baker all the time when it got very busy at the store).
Anyways, I wore the watch on and off for only a few months. Then one day, I accidently got the watch very wet while washing my hands & from this incident, the watch ended up getting moisture in it & it got all fogged up. I somehow was able to get the back bezel off the watch in order to try to get all the moisture out. After getting the back bezel off the watch and while trying to get the moisture out, I accidently broke the mainspring and ruined the watch. Being only 14 years old at the time, I thought that I could repair the watch by myself and I made things even worse by completely destroying the movement. My father was very angry at me that I took apart and broke his watch. He loved his Bulova automatic very much and it was now gone forever. I ended up throwing away the watch because it could not be repaired.
I really loved the styling of my father's Bulova automatic with its silver dial and luminous hands and luminous numbers on the dial. I felt very bad that I destroyed his watch. I always wanted to try to replace my fathers watch with another exact replacement model, but back in 1978-1979 Bulova already discontinued this particular model. I always loved this particular Bulova model because of the luminous hands and luminous numbers that it had on the silver dial. The watch looked very masculine and very sharp on the wrist.
I could never find another exact same replacement Bulova automatic model like the one that I destroyed until earlier today. I happened to be browsing on Ebay earlier this afternoon, when low and behold, I came across a Bulova automatic for sale that had a silver dial with luminous hands and luminous numbers on the dial that was exactly just like the one that my father used to own which I broke back 32 years ago in 1978. As a matter of fact, the seller had 2 (two) of the same exact models for sale. He had one with the all silver dial just like the one that my father used to own and he also had one with an all black dial. Both watches on Ebay were identical except for the color of the dial. When I came across both watches, a lot of good memories came back into my mind about my father's old Bulova that I ruined. The 2 watches that I'm referring about that I found for sale on Ebay looked like they were in decent condition. I contacted the seller and he told me that he was not the original owner of the watches, but that he purchased both watches 2 years ago at an estate sale. The seller also told me that both watches are both working well and keeping good time.
Now get this-----Each watch comes together with its own original box, its original warranty card, all of its original owner's manuals & books, all of its original paper work including both receipts of the purchase price that was paid for each watch and the date and year that each watch was purchased in April of 1973 by the original owner. Seeing that both watches were in decent condition and that they still had all of their original boxes and paper work intact, I ended up buying both watches.
I love the styling of both models very much and I felt like I had the chance to give my father back his watch that I ruined on him when I was a kid.
I don't know anything about these 2 models. Does anybody in here know anything about these 2 particular Bulova automatic models? Would these 2 watches both be considered as military watches? Both watches look exactly alike with the only difference being that one has a silver dial and the other has a black dial.
Please help me out here. What do you think about the condition of the silver dialed and the black dialed watch that I have in the pictures in the links below? I was told by the seller that both of these watches date back to 1973 and that they are both in very good condition and that both seem to work well. I'm hoping that the seller is telling me the truth. From what I can tell from the pictures, both watches seem to be in decent condition. Take a look at the pictures in the links below and tell me what you think.
Also, from the pictures, how is the condition of the lume on the dial and on the hands on both watches? Do you think that the lume on the dial and on the hands on both the silver dialed and the black dialed watch will still be glowing well today? Do you think that the lume is badly discolored on the dials and hands on both watches? The pictures showing the lume on both watches are not very clear. I'm having a hard time trying to judge on the condition of the lume on each watch. What do you think?
Also, what do you think about the condition of the watch case and crystal on each watch? Do you think that the case and crystals on both watches are in excellent and in very clean condition?
Please look at the pictures of both watches very carefully and give me your input on both of these watches. I would love to hear all about any history or information that anybody in here might have regarding this particular model Bulova automatic. Are both watches military watches? I would love to hear your detailed input regarding anything that you might know about these 2 identical Bulova automatic models.
I've included close-up pictures of each watch in the links below: