Restoration of a YouTube Subscriber's Watch
In this video, I’m going to cover the second half of the restoration of this vintage men’s Bulova wrist watch. Note, that I lost the video file from the disassembly of the watch, so unfortunately, that does not appear here, however, I do cover the complete assembly of the watch, as well as the gold plating of the watch case.
There is something wonderful about these old Bulova wrist watches, in that they are made so well. A watch like this, having been taken care of and well enjoyed, still runs fantastic.
I was able to get this watch running approximately 3 to 4 seconds off per day, and that I thought, isn’t too bad for a watch that is almost 70 years old!
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Typically, when I get a watch like this, it is usually damaged. This particular was not water damage, but had seized gears and the mainspring was broken in two places.
I have always found that Bulova watches, mostly men’s version, from the 1950s, run very well. These high quality movements hold up to a lot of wear and usage well. However, ladies watches tend to be much more delicate, and prone to problems.
If you are looking to restore some of these older Bulova watches, try and stick to the men’s versions to start with. To be rather honest, ladies watches, from the 1920s to 1950s typically get water damaged, and are likely not to have been serviced on a regular bases.
If you noticed in the video, the inside of the back cover of this watch is covered with Watchmaker Marks. This is a good sign in that this watch was regularly maintained by whom ever owned it.