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Vintage Bulova Ladies Watch

Vintage Bulova Ladies Watch

I just came into possession of what I think is a 1962 Ladies La Petite Bulova watch.  It's really lovely. The band is intact as is the crystal but it doesn't work.

 

I'm trying to figure out what to do with it -- list it?  Get it repaired first?  Or, get it repaired and keep it.

 

I don't think I've ever seen a watch that appealed to me more -- and I don't normally wear a watch.

 

Suggestions?

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Timber Hawkeye
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:03:52 PM
katydidthat
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Got a photo?
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:15:08 PM

I can make that happen.  A scan would probably work better...

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Timber Hawkeye
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:16:32 PM

I vote for: get it fixed, and wear it. 

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Bon mot boogie
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:35:59 PM

I think that's what I'm going to do.  Any recommendations for a repair place?

 

I'm also going to have to deal with a lot of antique clocks and pocket watches.  I'm pretty much overwhelmed and don't know what to do.

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Timber Hawkeye
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:50:28 PM
katydidthat
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http://www.ehow.com/how_5044567_fix-old-watches.html

There is a load of information on the net about fixing watches. The one above is very basic.

Get some junky old watches and play around with them to learn how they work and how to take them apart and put them back together.

The winder will often have to be taken out to remove them from the casing ... there is a trick to this which I can't remember at the moment.

You will need a jewelry set of screwdrivers and some tweezers. If any of the watches have batteries, it's easy to replace them yourself.

If the watches are marked as waterproof or water resistant, they are difficult to open and probably need to go to an expert.

With watches, start off with a good clean. That's all many need.
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 6:52:50 PM

Here is the face... That weird line is from my editing program.

 

LaPetite.jpg

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Timber Hawkeye
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 8:03:22 PM

I do know a watch repair place in Simi, that I trust. I just took a watch there yesterday, to get a new pin put in the band. 

 

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 8:04:14 PM

Did you know that Terry on the box knows quite a bit about watches? 

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 9:13:21 PM

If you're selling, know what it's worth running before you decide what you want to do with them.

 

Don't want to spend $75 to fix a watch that is only worth $50?

 

 



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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 9:34:06 PM
terry5732
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It would be far cheaper to buy a similar working watch on ebay than to have it repaired

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 10:01:07 PM
katydidthat
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MrsK, what's the number on the watch?

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 10:13:55 PM
terry5732
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Below Bulova is 23, for 23 jewel movement

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 10:27:45 PM
katydidthat
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Thanks, Terry, but those watches have some sort of catalog number, don't they?
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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 10:36:24 PM

you may want to ask ted_200, on SC,i believe he's quite good with that kind of thing,too...

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in reply to Oct 20, 2013 10:37:12 PM
dealsintruth
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Don't do anything until you research it. Some old watches have their greatest value with parts that are of the same kind as original. A watch repair service is liable to replace with modern parts. Fine if you just want to use it. But if you want to sell it as a collector's item find a repair place that uses old style parts.

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in reply to Oct 21, 2013 4:16:20 AM
britwithbadteeth
Thrill-Seeker

Bulova watches use a date code engraved on the back. The letter indicates the decade and the number indicates the year.

 

L=1950

M=1960

N=1970

 

If it is a 1962 the code would be M2

 

Look for the Hallmark 10RG. That indicates that it would be 10 karat rolled gold.

The band looks to be original to the watch and is often worth more than the watch itself.

If you are going to sell it I wouldn't invest in any repairs. A collector will want to take care of that themself anyway.

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in reply to Oct 21, 2013 7:51:25 AM

Thanks, everyone!  The back says Bulova N3 10k Rolled Gold Plate

X19890.

 

It is just a lovely little watch I like and would enjoy wearing. The band appears to be original but missing the guard chain.

 

All of that is very helpful.  In the bigger picture, I'm trying to decide whether or not to take on an estate that is very heavy on antique clocks and watches, stained glass windows, art and all manner of bizarre collectibles. I don't think I'm going to do it. I don't know enough about clocks and most of the items are very large and/or heavy. If I had a store front, I'd take it on in a hot minute.

 

Also, I've heard prices on clocks are very poor here.

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Timber Hawkeye
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in reply to Oct 21, 2013 8:14:34 AM
terry5732
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Everyone has a reliable timepiece in their phone

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in reply to Oct 21, 2013 8:17:17 AM

LOL!  Yeah, I never wear a watch except as jewelry, and I like the sound of a ticking antique clock so they still have a place in my world if not for telling time.

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