Bulova 15J wrist watch, heavy chrome water resistant case, Oldsmobile advertising, boxed

Your Price: $135.00
Bulova 15J wrist watch, heavy chrome water resistant case, Oldsmobile advertising, boxed
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Bulova 15J wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, mint matte black metal dial with fancy white Arabic numbers and minute markers, white Oldsmobile script advertising above center post, fancy white steel hands and subsidiary seconds, heavy chrome round water resistant case with formed extended lugs is showing moderate wear with some damage to the chrome in places, measures approx. 32mm in diameter x 40mm lug to lug, heavy black leather band with chrome buckle may be original to the watch but is showing some discoloration near the buckle. This watch also comes with a dark blue plastic Bulova presentation box with gold trim and white satin interior with black velvet wrist watch display. This is an early, vintage Oldsmobile presentation piece in very good condition, perfect to wear everyday!
  • Company: Bulova
  • Jewels: 15J
  • Setting/Movement Type: manual-wind
  • Dial Material: metal
  • Dial Color: black
  • Dial Details: Oldsmobile advertising
  • Case Style: round
  • Case Material: Chrome
  • Case Width, without crown: 32mm (1.26 inches)
  • Case Length, lug to lug: 40mm (1.57 inches)
  • Band Size: 7in. to 8in.
    (measurement range includes watch length & band)
  • Band Material: leather strap
  • Crystal Material: plastic
  • Box Info: dark blue plastic Bulova box
  • Age Description: vintage
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Gender: Gentlemen's
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description.  This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time.  We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
  • Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
  • Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
  • All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping.  Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition.  If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.

We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us.  To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement to your shopping basket.  The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.

Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches.  If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
On all but a few of the advertising logos, mainly Packard from the Hamilton company and Studebaker from South Bend, the logos would have been commissioned through a professional dial company after they left the factory to have the logo applied.  For instance, a car dealership might have them added as a promotion, a motorcycle club would have ones done for each of their members, etc.

On the watch/logo combinations that may not match up on a timeline (the watch was made prior to the automobile company being formed, for instance), what we understand could have happened is, say for a car club, the members would need to provide their own watch to which the emblems would be added.  Someone might have wanted a Harley logo on "Grandpa Bob's" old pocket watch, and would have had the dial pulled from that.  Other than the Packard/Hamilton & Studebaker/South Bend arrangements, it was a free-for-all on the pairings and you could find just about any combination of manufacturer with the different logos.

We do also have a pretty good selection of the vintage dials that have emblems on them, but that are not attached to a watch yet.  Often in the past, a customer would want a watch without the advertising, so we would just pull the printed dial and replace it with a similar-style plain dial, then set the printed one aside.  If you have something specific you are looking for, please drop us a note to see if we have anything in our stock that might work for you.

And, if you are interested in this watch without the current advertising dial, please drop us a note as well.  On wrist watches, we can give you a quote on what the current charge to re-finish the dial would be (typically it will run $35 to $75 depending on the dial style).  On American-make pocket watches, we may have a replacement dial in stock and could exchange the current dial with an unmarked dial for a small fee.  Most European-make watches would need to have the dial refinished to remove the emblem.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping.  Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body.  We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.

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We process a very large number of watches and accessories each year for sale via our web site, eBay and local avenues.  We attempt to offer descriptions and photos that are as complete and clear as possible on each item, and we always encourage you to write us with questions if something is not addressed in the description!

In each description, we attempt to note the following things:
<maker><size><jewels><setting><adjustments><grade/model><serial number>, <movement information>, <dial information>, <hand information>, <case information>, <misc. information>, <overall condition and comments>

Taking an example of a watch already described, we've bracketed the different sections and ordered them as above:
<Ball-Hamilton> <16S> <21J> <LS> <adj.> <Official RR Standard> <#B651197>, <nickel movement with gold jewel settings and concentric circle damascene pattern, should be noted that the gears on the movement may not be all original however watch is running strong and not affecting running condition>, <porcelain Ball marked dial with Arabic numbers has very faint hairline (not distracting)>, <blue steel hands>, <beautiful YGF SB&B Ball marked case with engraved bezels and blank monogram shield showing normal even wear (no brass)>, <fancy bow>.  <High grade Ball watch in very good condition, perfect to carry everyday!>

We also provide a List of Abbreviations that we use in our descriptions, as well as a Pocket Watch Sizing Chart that explains numerically and graphically the various sizes of pocket watches that we offer.
We offer a 30-day return period beginning the day you receive your items for all PM Time Service merchandise.  To receive a full refund, the item must be return in "as shipped" condition, with no new personalized engravings or end-user adaptions.  Items damaged in transit will be eligible for the full refund pending the application of the insurance claim on the damaged watch or item.  Please see our Shipping & Return Policy page for full details.
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