Made some recent buys at the bay, and they finally arrived this week. The first is a Bulova Oceaographer diver (333 feet -- not a Snorkel) from the 70s. About 37mm across, 41mm lug to lug. The great part about this was that when I looked up the date code, it corresponded to my birth year. So this is now my first birth year watch, inadvertently. The movement inside looks clean, a Bulova Japanese movement. My only concern is that when I wind, it doesn't quite feel like my other watches. I can tell if it's a stiffness or that I don't hear or "feel" the clicking of wheels through the crown like I do when I wind some other watches. Might you know what the cause of this could be or is it normal? Should I be more concerned?
Note the original Bulova strap that came with it. It is cool, but my how small old-time wrists were. I've since fitted it with a longer vintage bracelet, but not a Bulova one, which would have been more ideal, but the price tag on an NOS would probably have been as much as the watch.
The second watch is a Lucerne diver calendar, about 36mm across by 45mm. I bought this basically because I like the design of the dial. The plastic bezel is in decent shape, too. It was tricky opening up the case back because it seemed like it needed a special opener, but it was really an easy snap off with my watch knife opener. The movement side looks to be a 1-Jewel movement, probably a pin lever of some sort. I really admire the simplicity of it all. An estimated 40 years later, the movement appears to be going strong. It says 5ATM tested, which is nothing, but I wouldn't take a swim with it, considering the case back is not really a screwback (I did apply some silicon grease to the case gasket, just to be safe). It says T next to Swiss Made on the dial so I assume it has tritium, which is glowing nicely. (I had thought tritium only had a half-life of 12 years or so, is it just the other phosphofluorescent paint?)
Last month, I had also bought a similar looking Lucerne, although this one is much smaller at 30mm. Might keep it, so as to have a his/hers pair, potentially. Does it look like it is missing a bezel? Seems like finding a replacement would be pretty hard.
Let me know of any thoughts you guys might have. Hope you like the pics, and thanks in advance.