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    Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Picked up this old school Bulova tank (along with a 60's era Hamilton I'll post on in a separate thread) and open to opinions. It's missing the crown as you can see. If anyone can help in procuring a replacement, I'd appreciate it. I think it's 40's era? Also, is there a trick to getting the bracelet off? I've been working at it with my spring bar tool but it's not budging. Any advice appreciated. I'll update with movement pics when I get it apart. Anyway here's pics:

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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Unfortunately, it looks like someone used spring bars without shoulders. You might have to try to snip off the ends of the spring bars with some small cutting pliers. Fortunately, the bracelet doesn't entirely fill the gap between lugs, so it looks feasible.
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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Unfortunately, it looks like someone used spring bars without shoulders. You might have to try to snip off the ends of the spring bars with some small cutting pliers. Fortunately, the bracelet doesn't entirely fill the gap between lugs, so it looks feasible.
    Thanks, Dan. That's what i was suspecting but I wanted a second opinion before i start chopping.
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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    My 1949 Bulova has the same springbars. I use one of the "Japanese" tips for the springbar tool that come to a squared off end with a notch and are almost razor thin. Slip between the case and the end of the springbar and comes right out. The curved tips for the tool are useless on these, though.

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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Quote Originally Posted by odd_and_vintage_fan View Post
    My 1949 Bulova has the same springbars. I use one of the "Japanese" tips for the springbar tool that come to a squared off end with a notch and are almost razor thin. Slip between the case and the end of the springbar and comes right out. The curved tips for the tool are useless on these, though.
    Thanks for the tip, OVF. It took a little effort but they did eventually dislodge and I got them out. Any tips on removing the caseback? It looks like it's just pressed on, has a small tab sticking out on one end between the lugs. I don't want to damage it.

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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    You can carefully pry it open at that lip area (in that groove)with a case-knife. Go slowly.
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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.B. View Post
    You can carefully pry it open at that lip area (in that groove)with a case-knife. Go slowly.
    Perfect. Will do. Thanks!
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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    Quote Originally Posted by doggbiter View Post
    Perfect. Will do. Thanks!
    Agreed. Just slowly pry up the lip. The movement will be in the caseback, dial up, then you will need to carefully lift it out by the edges of the movement.
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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    As always, you guys come through!

    Here's the movement and case back. Now to find a crown and get it serviced.

    Thanks, again!

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    Re: Thrift store find: Bulova tank

    I have a signed Bulova crown and a stem for that movement. If you want them, PM me with what you think they're worth, add a couple buck for postage and I can drop them in the mail.

    Heck, I can throw in the old case I have, too.

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