Bulova automatic 17J grade 11ALAC M5 wrist watch, YGF round case, Masonic symbols, B.P.O.E. band

Bulova automatic 17J grade 11ALAC M5 wrist watch, YGF round case, Masonic symbols, B.P.O.E. band

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Bulova automatic (self-winding) 17J grade 11ALAC M5 wrist watch, case #H770016 M5, champagne-toned metal dial with a sunburst brushed finish and raised gold ball markers has a single small speck of discoloration and is otherwise mint, fancy gold steel whip-style skeletonized hands with luminous inserts and a gold sweep seconds hand, yellow gold filled (YGF) round water resistant smooth polish case with a narrow bezel supporting the glass crystal, slender extended lugs and a smaller sized time display area surrounded by an elaborately textured ring accented by deeply engraved lines at each hour mark, raised and engraved Masonic symbols, a few accented with black or blue enamel, sit at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions, case is showing normal even wear overall with a few spots of brass and heavier scratching on the lugs and frame, additionally the glass crystal has a notable crack immediately over the 6 o'clock Masonic symbol, we can replace the crystal with a new plastic one at no charge on request, measures approx. 33mm in diameter x 38mm lug to lug x 10mm thick (crystal included).

Paired with a YGF & stainless steel (SS) expansion band with textured rectangular segments, the 1st segment near the top of the watch is a square section of smooth polish YGF that supports a raised B.P.O.E. (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) elk head emblem with a white enamel-accented clock face within its antlers, band is in excellent shape but we are happy to exchange it with a simple black or brown leather band, or similar non-brotherhood expansion band, on request. This is a customized watch that can be appreciated by many of the larger established Brotherhoods referenced in the various symbols, a wonderfully unique vintage watch from the 1960s in excellent condition throughout!
  • Year Made: 1965
  • Company: Bulova
  • Jewels: 1117J
  • Setting/Movement Type: self-wind (automatic)
  • Model/Grade: 11ALAC M5
  • Serial #: (case) #H770016 M5
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Dial Material: metal
  • Dial Color: champagne
  • Dial Details: Masonic symbols
  • Hand Style: skeletonized - luminous, sweep second hand
  • Case Style: round
  • Case Material: Gold Filled - Yellow
  • Case Details: water resistant (WR)
  • Case Width, without crown: 33mm (1.30 inches)
  • Case Length, lug to lug: 38mm (1.50 inches)
  • Case Thickness: 10mm (0.39 inches)
  • Interior Lug Width:  18mm (11/16")
  • Band Size: 7in. to 7.99in.
    (measurement range includes watch length & band)
  • Band Material: metal expansion
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Misc. Info: B.P.O.E. symbol on the band
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Gender: Unisex
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.

As of November 28th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
With the notable exception of the Masonic watches produced by the Dudley Watch Company (1920-1925), the Mason, Knights of Columbus and other logos would have been commissioned through a professional dial company after they left the factory to have the logo applied. For instance, all the members of a particular chapter may have received a specific watch when they were initiated or may have elected to have an emblem added to their own personal watch to commemorate an important date or milestone.

If you are interested in this watch without the current advertising dial, please drop us a note. 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.

For additional information on gold colors and how they are classified, please check out this helpful Wikipedia article.

For a comprehensive article detailing the rise of Fraternal Societies during the late 1800s, please check out this informative article from The Detroit News.
For your gift giving convenience, please find a consolidated overview of the information on this item, with no reference to the price, on this printer-optimized page.

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We process a very large number of watches and accessories each year for sale via our website, 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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