Like the previous Recta watch I had restored earlier this year. i wanted to do this Bulova up aswell as i like the military watches.
This Bulova wasn’t running when I got hold of it and after opening it i discovered that it was swimming in oil and the balance staff had broken.
This watch must of been sitting in oil for 30 – 40 years and unfortunately this hasn’t helped the dial.
Pictures of the Disassembly
The balance spring is the breguet type and because this caliber was a military issue, there is a lot of spare parts out there. I was able to get a NOS Balance Complete
The watch was cleaned twice, oiled ,re-assembled and then timed
Because there are still NOS for this watch available (if you know where to look!) i could find a replacement dial and hands, however i really like the aged look and at some point i will look at restoring the case.
Here’s a few final shots.