Bulova "President" A
The 60s were tough times for America. Standing at the dawn of a golden age, brought about by the successes of the last decade, many had high hopes for 1960.
But unrest and war took their dreams to darker place. A great nation faced decline. It was a time where empowerment faced off against polarization, where free will came under assault in the face of chaos.
In that age, this watch was born.
The Bulova watches of the 1960s were very fancy indeed, with a wide range of fancy dials and case shapes that is very worth collecting.
What caught my eye with this President were of course the fancy lugs and the nice banded dial. I don't think there are any other watch makers as flamboyant as the America marque in terms of design.
Vintage manual wind pieces have a certain pull on me, and this one is no different. Having a small wrist does help, and as you can see the President resides very well on my wrist indeed, the curved lugs enlarging the case to a time-relevant width.
Inside the gold filled case is the 10BZ movement, a nice robust movement that has survived the ages. It beats at a leisurely pace of 18,800vph; music to my ears.
Everything comes signed (though I think the crown on this one must have been switched) and it's a really good make for something outside of Switzerland. I enjoy watching the inside move as much as I do admiring the designs on the case.
1960s Vintage Bulova "President" A
Hour, minute and mini seconds hands
Silver banded dial
27mm 10k gold filled case
16mm lug width
10BZ manual wind @ 18,800vph
Aftermarket leather strap
History excerpt from http://www.history.com/topics/1960s
Bulova history from http://www.thewatchguy.com/pages/BULOVA.html